The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit
A Step-by-Step Legal Guide
By Peri Pakroo
(Nolo, Paperback, 9781413317220, 536pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Approximately eight million U.S businesses are currently women-owned, and the number is growing at twice the national average for all businesses. As one of the millions of aspiring female small business owners, you know that there are specific issues and questions that need to be addressed when you’re setting up shop. The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit, written by the author of the bestselling The Small Business Start-Up Kit, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise. In addition to a breakdown of the common issues and concerns facing women entrepreneurs of every stripe -- from independent consultants to Fortune 500-seekers -- you’ll find information and guidance on: . choosing and developing the right business to live the life you want
. drafting an effective business plan
. programs that give government contracting preferences to women-owned businesses
. understanding and choosing a legal structure
. clearing the bureaucratic start-up hurdles
. taking your business online and developing an eBusiness
. financial management and tax basics for small businesses
. balancing work and family relationships
. hiring and managing employees The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit retains its focus on women’s business-related issues without devolving into stereotypes and never loses sight of the legal rules and fundamentals of starting and running your business. Plus, you’ll find a partnership agreement, an application for your employer identification number, a cash flow projection worksheet, a billable rate calculator, and more.
Peri Pakroo is a business and communications consultant, specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for 20 years. She owns and runs P-Brain Media (www.pbrainmedia.com), a strategic consulting and communications firm that develops information-rich media for web, print, video and other formats. Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is the author of The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Small Business Start-Up Kit (national and California editions) and Starting and Building a Nonprofit ( all from Nolo), and has been featured in numerous national publications including Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Investors Business Daily, and BusinessWeek. She is active in supporting local, independent businesses and is a co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. Visit Peri's blog at www.peripakroo.com.
"Clearly details all the nuts and bolts of starting a business so often lacking in how-to books. A must-read before you launch.” Lindsey Johnson, former National Director, SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership