Learn and plan Getting your business started

Explore our tools, resources and articles to help discover how you can lay the foundation for your new business.
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How to start a business in 15 steps, plus interactive checklist.

Follow this step-by-step guide to begin turning your idea into reality.

Helpful tools to get you started

Business Checklist

Starting a Business Checklist

Plan and launch your business by following these key steps.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

Build a top-down view of your business's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.


Business Plan Workbook

Begin working on your business plan early to steer your business in the right direction.


Startup Costs Calculator

Break down the numbers and see the figures behind funding your business.

Discover the building blocks to starting a new business

Helpful guides

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Tax basics for small business

Learn how to plan for small business taxes from day one to ensure accuracy and reduce the risk of penalties.

Business plan process

Writing a business plan

Make your business idea a reality with our step-by-step guide to writing a successful business plan.

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Cash flow management basics for small business

Tips for maintaining a healthy cash flow can help ensure that you have cash available for your needs today and in the long term.

Business Credit Score meter

Credit Score basics for small business

A business credit score measures the health of your company by tracking how you manage accounts and helps potential lenders determine a business’s credit worthiness.

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Business financing options

Learn the most common financing options available to small businesses and determine which might be right for you.

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