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Small Business Resource Center

Get the information you need to start and run a small business.

Nolo's Small Business Resource Center can help you find answers to your business questions. For almost 50 years, Nolo has been helping consumers and small businesses by providing high quality, free legal information developed by our team of attorneys. Whether you are just developing your business idea or ready to open your doors for business, we have resources to help.

Develop a Business Plan

Every new business starts with an idea, but can you turn that idea into a moneymaking business? Learn how to evaluate your idea and develop a solid business plan.

Choose Your Business Structure

Before starting your business, you will need to choose an ownership structure. There are pros and cons that are important to consider so you choose the business structure that’s best for you.

Form Your Business

Once you have decided on your business entity, you will need to take steps to form your business. Whether it’s an LLC, corporation, sole proprietorship, or partnership, learn what you need to do to create your business.

Get Your Business Up and Running

After forming your business, there are additional steps required before you can open your doors for business. These include opening a bank account, leasing space, getting necessary licenses and permits, and making sure you are in compliance with state and federal laws.

Managing Your Business

To successfully grow your business, you’ll need to understand some basics about how to properly manage a business. From bookkeeping to taxes to hiring employees, make sure you understand the do’s and don’ts so you develop long-term successful business practices.

  • Bookkeeping and Accounting. Learn the basics about accounting and record keeping for your business.
  • Business Taxes. Make sure you know how to pay your taxes and get the most out of valuable business tax deductions.
  • Sales & Marketing. Create strategies for finding customers and how to market your small business.
  • Business Contracts. Learn how contracts work, common types of contracts, and how to deal with contract disputes.
  • Hiring Employees. Understand the steps required when you hire your first employee.
  • Independent Contractors. Get crucial guidance on how to value your work, collect payment, and manage health and retirement benefits as an IC.


Nolo has been making do-it-yourself legal guides since 1971. Here are some additional online and other resources to help you form your business and keep it up and running.

Online Business Formation Services

Starting and Running Your Business -- Books