You’ve been inspired and developed a plan; both important steps on your journey. Now, it’s time to start doing

This is where you will really have to bust your ass. It’s also where you will learn the most.

Seriously… you can be inspired until you are blue in the face and develop a perfect plan, but the real work doesn’t start and you don’t begin truly learning what works and what doesn’t until you start putting your inspiration and plan into action.

In this guide, I walk you through several of the steps and refer you to some of the best tools available to help you start doing.

All of the services I recommend are either free or very affordable and they are all aimed at helping small businesses like yours succeed.

Formalizing Your Business

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Small business owners are often concerned with whether they need to form an LLC for their business.

While it is always ideal to discuss these matters with an attorney, there are services that will assist you in doing it yourself.

In this post, I demonstrate how to use Incorporate.com to set up an LLC.

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This may be the important post of the whole guide.

Applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a relatively simple process you can do yourself.

In this post, I demonstrate the process.

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Accounting

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You’re probably not an accountant.

So, keeping your business’s books is probably at the bottom of the list of things you want to do.

Fortunately, there are affordable options available to help many small businesses remedy this problem.

In this post, I demonstrate how you can utilize the services of Bench to keep track of your books for you.

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If you are a service provider, you’ll look way more professional if you send your clients invoices that look good.

You don’t want to spend too much time setting up and implementing your invoicing system and you want to get paid and track your expenses using one system.

Freshbooks helps you wilth all of this.

In this post, I demonstrate how.

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Sales and Marketing

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Getting a logo for your business is easier and more affordable than ever.

In this post, I demonstrate how easy it is using two of the most popular and affordable design services on the web.

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Having a custom email address and website domain is critical if you want your business to be taken seriously.

Google’s G Suite makes obtaining them easy.

In this post, I demonstrate how easy it is to obtain your own email address and domain name.

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Marketing your small business on social media is a no-brainer these days.

But it can feel a bit overwhelming and be time consuming.

Hootsuite offers free social media training and their social media management tool makes managing all of your accounts a breeze.

In this post, I show you how to get set up on their free platform.

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Creating your first website doesn’t have to be hard.

Wix makes it easy.

In this post, I demonstrate how easy it is.

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Email marketing is considered by many to be the best free method for connecting with your current and potential customers.

AWeber makes getting started with email marketing easy and affordable.

In this post, I show you how to get started with EMail marketing.

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You’re going to want to get paid for your product or services.

And in today’s environment, accepting credit cards is a must.

Square will help you get paid with their credit card and other other point of sale solutions.

In this post, I demonstrate how easy it is to get started using Square.

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Other

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You want to protect your business from any legal threats but you don’t want to spend much time or effort thinking about insurance.

Hiscox Insurance makes the process of purchasing insurance for your small business painless and affordable.

In this post, I demonstrate how.

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