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Start Your Own Business

Đang chơi bàiLearn how to open your own business, and find programs to help military veterans and minorities get started.

Đang chơi bài . You’ll learn about writing a business plan, determining the legal structure of your business, and more.

Avoid common mistakes and get advice from experienced small business owners who want to help. .

The following tips and checklists can help you with other important parts of the process.

Business Funding Options

Learn about a wide range of funding options to help start your business, such as government-guaranteed loans, grants, and other financial assistance.

Tax Requirements to Start a Business

It’s important for your business to comply with federal, state, and local tax laws.

Đang chơi bàiMake sure to meet all federal tax requirements for starting a business. Follow this .

Each state has additional tax rules when you start and operate a business. .

Learn more about business taxes, including energy tax incentives that can help you save money.

Business Insurance

When starting your own business, you’ll need proper insurance coverage to make sure you are protected. .

Learn about health insurance plans to cover you and your employees, including the .

Hiring Business Employees

When starting a business, you may decide to hire some help. Find information on , including how to start the hiring process and make sure you comply with key federal and state regulations.

Hiring Foreign Nationals

Đang chơi bàiBy law, you must only employ individuals who have permission to work in the U.S. The online E-verify system allows companies to determine the eligibility of potential employees. .

Consumer Protection Law

As a business owner, it’s important for you to understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to protecting your customers. Get tips and advice on complying with , including advertising and marketing, privacy and security, and more.

Đang chơi bài . These tips from the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you create a business plan and learn about financing.

  • Đang chơi bàiGet access to federal services and best practices to help you plan and grow your business. U through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Đang chơi bàiLearn about the required qualifications for special contracting opportunities with the government. Begin by registering your business with the. You can to help you learn how to apply.

  • Minority-Owned and Small Disadvantaged Businesses

    For minority or women-owned businesses, there are government resources that can help you:  

    • Đang chơi bàiLearn about starting and growing a minority-owned business. The can teach you how to win government contracts. At your , you can also find tools, view research, and contact experts for more guidance.    

    • Đang chơi bàiGet federal contracts through the if you own a small business in an underrepresented urban or rural area. Or, you may . The SBA has several requirements to be eligible for each program. 

    • Đang chơi bàiGet information about business training and counseling from the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). OWBO also helps with financial advice.

    • Find out about special programs that can help your company do business with a federal agency. See which federal agencies have an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) that can help. 

    - Explore opportunities and get tips to help you succeed.
  • - Learn about filing requirements for the self-employed, reporting responsibilities, and more.
  • - Explore coverage options for the self-employed.
  •  covers how to report your earnings when you file your taxes.
  • Work from Home

    Are you thinking about basing your business out of your home? The Small Business Administration's  includes the licenses and permits you need to run a home-based business.

    Home Office Deduction

    If you use a portion of your home for business, you may be able to take a .

    Work-at-Home Scams

    Learn what to watch out for to . In one common scam, you may be tricked into paying to . These scammers will keep asking you to send money for more services related to this fake business opportunity. To file a complaint about a scam, .

    Federal Government Telework Guidelines

    If you’re a federal employee looking for information on teleworking, visit .

    Note: The federal government never charges a fee for information about, or applications for, government jobs. You can search and apply for federal government jobs for free at .

    Commercial Driver's Licenses

    If you want to get a commercial driver's license (CDL), contact your state motor vehicle agency. More information about commercial driver's licenses may be available from your  or local commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driving school. 

    Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 to ensure that drivers of commercial motor vehicles are qualified to operate those vehicles. States have the right to issue a driver's license, but they must meet minimum national standards when issuing a commercial driver's license. The  places requirements on the commercial motor vehicle driver, the employing motor carrier, and the states.

    States are required to issue a commercial driver's license to drivers with specific license classifications based on the type of vehicle. Drivers who operate special types of commercial motor vehicles need to pass additional tests. While the FMCSA sets the federal standards that states must meet, it is your state that determines the:

    • Application process
    • License fee
    • License renewal cycle
    • Renewal procedures
    • Reinstatement requirements after a disqualification

    Đang chơi bàiStates may also exceed certain federal standards in areas such as medical, fitness, and other qualifications.

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    Last Updated: August 26, 2020