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First Baby Steps
...what steps do I take to start a web buisness?

 3:48 am on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've done odd web design jobs here and there and it's been a hobby for quite some time, and I'm interested in mabye starting my own little company for just a little extra cash. But when it comes to legal forms and whatnot about starting up a buisness, I'm a bit illiterate.

This is my situation:

I currently reside in Kentucky, but will be moving to Michigan in under two months. I'd like to get everything legal before I move to Michigan so I can dive right into my buisness as soon as I move up there. What departments or chambers do I need to visit in order to start up this buisness from the ground up. I need basic answers like how I register the buisness, what I do with taxes, whatnot...

I would really appreciate some help in this field, and any tips that are provided is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your alls time.



 6:37 am on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

The State of Michigan treasury website might be a good place to start.


Click "business" on the menu and you'll see a link entitled "Click here for information on starting a new business in Michigan and registration forms."


 6:50 am on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Find a reputable accountant. Go by word of mouth recommendation. Some charge a consulting fee to interview them, so be sure to clarify that before meeting them.

An accountant will save you millions of headaches- even if you aren't profitable for the first year.


 3:07 pm on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thank you all for your answers.


 4:18 pm on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Try to find yourself a mentor. Someone who will listen to you and perhaps guide you wisely when things are not going to well. You simply cannot beat sympathetic and learned human with a message board. :)


 10:30 pm on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi - I'm in Michigan and the treasury website is a good start. I can recommend an accountant - where are you going to move to?


 4:31 pm on Dec 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'll be moving to the Sturgis area, hopefully it won't take too long either!


 5:18 pm on Dec 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm in the Grand Rapids area - wish I could help you with an accountant in your area, but I only know a few in GR and Detroit.

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