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cis4smack
04-04-2008, 04:03 AM
I was talking to a friend about starting a business since we have a few clients of our own. It's all under the table though, so it's not actually legit :P. What my question is what should I take into consideration when starting up the business. At the moment we're most likely going to be working from out homes, so having an office is important until we can make enough money.

MHCG
04-04-2008, 04:17 AM
Are you in the US?

Jory
04-04-2008, 04:50 AM
You should check the laws of your particular state assuming you're in the US. The way you're doing things now are probably perfectly legit as long as you report your earnings for taxes, but you're better off having a business because you can write off expenses.

If you go to an accountant, or small business attorney they should be able to get you setup.

cis4smack
04-04-2008, 05:13 AM
Yes, I live in the US. I actually reside in the silicon valley. :)

Nathan H
04-04-2008, 12:38 PM
Download the computer Business Kit from this site.


It has loads of useful forms and legal stuff such as contracts.
Advertise, and don't stop, Bryce wrote an article on this a while ago, dig thorough the archives and find it it's worth a read.
Remember to get your customers to sign a contract prior to you even touching their PC's / Laptops etc... Cover your own back! if you don't WHO WILL?
Go get the work it won't come to you
And finally the most important, have a sense of humour, you'll need it.Good Luck!

a tip i got when i was starting out was to make sure i have at least 1 day off a week to spend with my family / friends, starting a business can easily consume you.

and have at least 1/2 a day where you work on your business, E.G. no customers, no repairs, sort out your paperwork, read up on new developments and never stop learning.

cis4smack
04-06-2008, 10:50 PM
Alright, thanks for the tips. I'll take them into consideration.

cmonova
04-07-2008, 11:47 AM
It is good you are thinking about going into the business. But you need to sit and make a list of what you want to accomplish. What kind of services you can offer (based on work experieince). What kind of money do you have to start-up this business? Do you really want to have a partner going into the thing?

Best bet is to make a list and then go from there. Or then post more questions as they arise.

MrMille
04-07-2008, 02:38 PM
Download the computer Business Kit from this site.


It has loads of useful forms and legal stuff such as contracts.
Advertise, and don't stop, Bryce wrote an article on this a while ago, dig thorough the archives and find it it's worth a read.
Remember to get your customers to sign a contract prior to you even touching their PC's / Laptops etc... Cover your own back! if you don't WHO WILL?
Go get the work it won't come to you
And finally the most important, have a sense of humour, you'll need it.Good Luck!

a tip i got when i was starting out was to make sure i have at least 1 day off a week to spend with my family / friends, starting a business can easily consume you.

and have at least 1/2 a day where you work on your business, E.G. no customers, no repairs, sort out your paperwork, read up on new developments and never stop learning.

Is the kit Euro or USA centric?
When you guys work, do you always make the customer sign something?

Blues
04-07-2008, 04:26 PM
It is Aussie-centric but it still remains a good basic guideline you can take to legal and accounting specialist to have them assist you in adjust it to fit your local laws. You may even be able to manage this yourself or might know someone who will provide some minor assistance at no cost.