Starting Up a Small Business

Launch and manage your business venture with these downloadable forms, information and resources for starting up a small business. Save time and money.


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Business Leasing Checklists

Should you lease space for your business, or should you buy a building? How do you determine the best location? These Business Leasing Checklists can help you find the answers to those questions:

  1. Lease vs. Purchase Checklist, to help you determine whether it is in the best interest of your business to lease or purchase both your space and your equipment.
  2. Site Pros and Cons Worksheet, to list all the advantages and disadvantages of a number of potential s.....

Business Leasing Location Worksheet

Are you looking for commercial space to lease for your business? Use this free Leasing Location Worksheet to help you list the pros and cons of each potential location.

Determine whether the size and layout of the premises will fit your needs, whether you will need to make extensive leasehold improvements, how accessible the site is, and other relevant information to help you make your decision.

This Business Leasing Location Worksheet is in MS Word format, for ea.....

Business Name Worksheet

Trying to decide on the best name for your new business? Use this free worksheet to record the pros and cons of each of your choices.

A suitable business name should be meaningful, and appropriate for your target market. It should be a name reflects the character of your business and the products or services you provide. The worksheet allows you to:
  1. list several names that appeal to you,
  2. answer some questions about each name, and
  3. help you narrow your choice.....

Canada Incorporation Checklist (Business Corporation)

Planning on incorporating a business corporation in Canada? Use this free Incorporation Checklist to help you prepare the necessary documents to organize the corporation.

The Incorporation Checklist will help you gather all the required information, such as:
  • names and addresses of initial directors and shareholders
  • classes of authorized shares
  • jurisdiction (province) in which the company will be incorporated
  • registered and records office add.....

Daily Cash Float and Deposit Worksheet

Manage cash flow and track deposits for a small business with this Daily Cash Float and Deposit Worksheet.

  • The worksheet will calculate the amount of each day's opening floats and closing cash.
  • Instructions included to show you how to use the form.
  • Ideal for box office or concession stand operations, or any other operation using a cash float.
  • Editable spreadsheet format.

Daily Cash Float and Deposit Worksheet, available as a MS Excel.....


Guide to Developing Strategic Business Plans

Learn how to develop strategic marketing, business and operations plans with this 9-page Guide to Developing Strategic Plans and Business Plans.

Some of the topics covered by the how-to guide include:
  • straightforward approaches to strategic and business planning,
  • characteristics of strategic planning vs. operational planning,
  • analysis models (SWOT - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats),
  • what questions to ask when developing your plan, .....

How to Develop a Worldwide Distributor Network

Mail order businesses need to find distributors to market and sell their products. This free article shows you:

  • how to set up a worldwide distributor program,
  • how to attract dealers,
  • what materials they will require from you in order to sell your products,
  • what the dealer's cost to you will be,
  • what other costs are involved.

'How to Develop a Worldwide Distributor Network' is a free PDF download.


Incorporating a Company in Canada

Learn about incorporating a company in Canada with this free pamphlet.

The pamphlet outlines:
  • the definition of what a corporation is,
  • tax considerations of incorporating, and
  • how to decide whether to incorporate or to operate as a sole proprietorship or as a limited company.
Incorporating a Company in Canada is a free PDF download.

Legalities and Tax Advantages in a Home Business

Do you know what the tax implications of starting a home business are? Do you know what legal hoops you need to jump through? If you said No to either of those questions, you should read this article. It discusses:

  • the legal issues in your jurisdiction,
  • the tax consequences,
  • local zoning restrictions,
  • license requirements for businesses in your city and state or province.

Legalities and Tax Advantages in a Home Business

Ontario Agreement to Adopt Pre-Incorporation Contract

If you entered into a contract on behalf of a company that was not incorporated yet, you can assign it to the corporation later under this Agreement to Adopt Pre-Incorporation Contract.

  • The Agreement is made between a newly incorporated Ontario company and its principal shareholder. The new company agrees to adopt a contract between the shareholder and another party, which was entered into prior to its incorporation.
  • The shareholder assigns its interest in the prior c.....