How to Start a Computer Business (for First-Time Entrepreneurs)
If you're a first-time entrepreneur looking into how to start a computer business, remember that all businesses are the same in many respects, regardless of whether you’re starting a computer repair business or a venture in some other field.
For example, it is important to start a new business with a solid foundation so that the company can grow adequately.
Even if you are considering starting a computer business simply as a hobby, it is important to follow the basic steps listed here and consult professionals who understand the specific service you are providing.
Starting a new business can require many tasks initially just to get going, but it is essential to operate professionally and protect your personal interests.
Structure the Company
One of the first questions most people have when inquiring about how to start a computer business is what corporate structure the business should follow.
If the business is purely a hobby and its only clients may be a few friends and family, then operating as a sole proprietor is often sufficient for providing basic computer services like IT support.
On the other hand, if you plan on marketing, working with lots of customers, hiring staff, retaining subcontractors, or taking on any capital from investors, then it is wise to incorporate.
While a certified public accountant, or chartered accountant depending on where you’re located, or lawyer can assist you in making the decision regarding which entity is best for you, many computer businesses set up an LLC rather than a C corp. Again, be sure to consult your accountant or attorney for advice specific to your situation.
Establish the Brand
It is highly advisable to immediately secure the dot-com website address for the business name.
Also make sure to set up accounts in your company name at the popular online social networking services such as Twitter, Google, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
In order to prevent any problems, always review the national trademark database for name conflicts and apply for the trademark as soon as you are confident in what name you’ll be using.
For trademark protection, seek out the services of an intellectual property attorney.
Meet with an Accountant and Lawyer
Set up at least introductory meetings with a trusted certified public accountant and an attorney.
Generally, the best way to select these professionals is to talk with other business owners in your area and find one or two people who will understand your needs as a new business owner. There are many things that are important to go over if you are just learning how to start a computer business, from accounting practices to tax reporting to employee laws.
While the do-it-yourself inclination sometimes dominates your budgetary realities, make sure you meet with trained professionals to review all of the important elements of starting a computer business to ensure all bases are covered.
Setting up a new business can be exciting and scary at the same time, but if you set up the company with a great foundation, good things will come.
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