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Life Events: Starting a Business

Life happens. Will you be ready?
Throughout your investing life, you're going to experience life events — some planned, some not — that will affect your finances.
We're here to help you prepare for those critical times of financial change.

Starting a business

Starting your own business can be exciting and challenging. Learn the basics of planning, preparing and launching your new endeavor.
Keep in mind:
Write a detailed business plan
Find an accountant who specializes in your type and size of business; you may also need an attorney
Get an employer identification number, register your business name and decide on the legal structure of your business

How to write an effective business plan

Make your business idea a reality with our step-by-step guide to writing a successful business plan.

Back-to-basics cash flow

Managing your cash flow effectively can help you avoid surprises.

Small Business Resources

Explore more topics and build your financial know-how.

Credit score basics for small businesses

Discover more about how business credit is scored and factors that determine your business credit score.

Financing options for small businesses

Compare various options to determine the best fit for your company.
Ready to get started?