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    7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 2, 2011 8:11 PM by Snapshot&co

    I need advice on how to START my business.

    linguist Newbie
      Hello everyone!

      First of all, I am completely new to all of this. I have never considered turning one of my favorite hobbies into a business until now. The idea was suggested to me recently and 2009 sounds like a good year to make things happen!

      I went to school for graphic arts and media. Although I do not currently work in this field, I would like to start a business in it. For the last several years, I have designed DVD slide shows for friends and family free of charge. I have also done slide shows for schools, non-profit organizations, anniversaries and events. In addition I do photo editing and graphic/website design. I have offered these services for free to the public for promotional purposes. Now I would like to start a business in creating DVD slide shows and photo montages. I know these types of businesses also like to offer miscellaneous services such as logo designing, VHS to DVD conversion, and DVD duplication. My business will offer those services as well, but the main focus would be DVD slide shows. I have the tools, the talent, and some money -- now I just need to get started!

      But where and how do I start?

      I have decided that for now, the best thing to do is work out of my home. I have all the essential software and equipment already. I will set up a website for demos/examples, pricing and packages, services, ordering, etc.

      My main concern are the technicalities. Does this business need to be licensed and how do I go about doing that? Do I need to have a personal license to do business and how do I get that? And what about insurance . . . what sort of coverage do I need? Does the business I plan to set up require it? Do I need to be registered with some kind of organization?

      Any answers (as well as other professional advice) to my questions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
        • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
          LUCKIEST Guide
          Advice on how to START my business, Welcome

          The best advice that I can give you is to CONTACT SCORE. SCORE is FREE both in person and online.
          SCORE can help you solve your problems.

          Help me by going to Members page and sharing some info.

          Thanks, LUCKIEST
          • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
            Tori Scout
            Hi linquist and welcome to the Community!

            The SBOC is hosting a live event on Jan 27th on how to start your home-based business. Pose your questions to Barbara Weltman. She is a seasoned veteran on the subject and can give some very valuable advice all for free!


            • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
              TBYTE12 Wayfarer

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              • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
                linguist Newbie
                Thanks everyone for the helpful tips and links! Without your replies, I would still be at square 1!
                  • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
                    Volman30 Newbie
                    Start-up Nation is defintiely a great site, along with SCORE and ASBDC. I just happened to run across another good one I didn't see listed above -

                    You may want to check it out as well - especially the 9 one-hour recorded webinar series they have that takes you all the way from the basics of setting up your business from a financial perspective, on up through automating your accounting. There's also some cool templates and articles about financing and writing a business plan that I am using now to get mine rolling. Best of luck!!!
                  • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
                    knkvisser Newbie
                    I have been thinking of doing the same...
                    could you email me when you have a minute??

                    • Re: I need advice on how to START my business.
                      Snapshot&co Newbie

                      I know it has been 2 years since you posted this question I really hope that you still check your email! My name is Marc Anderson and I have been developing a business model for a photo montage business.  What you are asking about is the exact same thing that I'm into and I would REALLY like to speak with you regarding the technical aspect of the business.  I have all the marketing and business development skills it would require for something like this to be profitable.  I would really like to consult with you on this matter.  I promise you all you'll have to do is hear me out one time on my plan and you'll be interested.  I've been developing a way  to make interactive DVD slideshows, and I'm currently in the process of leasing a lot of online storage space from  I also have setup an affiliate network that would make the planners, notelities, freelance photographers, etc . work together in a way that's unheard of until now.  If you're interested please contact me I'll be waiting.