How to start a business in 2024 🏒


If you're wondering how to start, you're in the right place.

Starting a business is daunting, but it's simply putting one foot in front of the other after taking the first step.

A month ago, I wrote about deciding to start something. That was the first step, and the most important one because it started from within.

Since then, I've put the necessary pieces together to start.

Broadly, this what I got done:

Keep reading for the juicy details and pitfalls I ran into.

Forming the company

First thing was picking a name.

To be honest, this was more difficult than I expected. I ended up time-boxing myself and committing to the best thing I had after a few days.

During the naming process, I:

I ended up choosing SkyPorch LLC. It worked for me, and ultimately, the name isn't something I have to live with forever anyway.

Like many things in life, just gotta commit and get the ball rolling instead of letting this kind of stuff bog you down.

Next, I purchased a domain (opens in a new tab) and spun up a 'coming soon' page.

I then decided what kind of business entity to form (LLC vs S-Corp vs C-Corp vs Sole Proprietorship) and filed for an LLC in my state. I chose an LLC for its simplicity and flexibility and lower fees. Note: it takes up to a week for the LLC to be fully formed. You'll need to wait for those formation docs before opening bank accounts or setting up certain software like Deel.

Once you've done that, it's easy to get an EIN from the IRS. You'll need this for setting up official business accounts later for tax purposes.

Setting up business software

As a software guy, this felt fairly straightforward and was one of the few points in the process that was enjoyable for me personally as I'm familiar with most of them.

I landed on this software stack for running the business:

Some things I learned as I was going through this process:

Takeaways & current status

Key takeaways: Don't let any one step block you for long. Remember: nothing is set in stone. Things can always be fixed later. Important thing is to build and ride momentum while your motivation is strong, because that is brittle and fleeting. Never lose your sense of urgency.

Looking ahead, tomorrow will be our first real day getting started, as our first hire onboards.

Our goal in the first week is to setup a landing page to route prospective clients to, to start establishing a brand identity, and to determine what our first app launch will be this month.

We are also fortunate to already have four clients lined up, so kickoffs will be happening in parallel.

I'm really excited to see where this goes, and am aware that this is only the beginning.

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Last Updated: Sun Apr 7 2024



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