Starting a new business can be a scary undertaking, to help you get started, we provided information to guide you through the process. Below are the most common permits and items to look out for when starting a new business. Our partners at SBDC provides technical assistance to maneuver through some of these requirements making the process smooth and easy. for assistance please contact our SBDC at (830)758-5022.
Additionally, below you can find a 7-Step Guide on Starting a Business in Texas provided by the Office of the Governor Small Business Handbook.
A business plan is an essential road map for business success. This living document will serve to outline the main purpose of your business, its structure, its financing, and advantages over other market competitors. A solid plan should include a description of the business, market analysis, organization and management structure, and applications of funding.
Choosing a business location will depend on the type of business you operate, and is perhaps the most important decision a business owner will make. It requires precise planning and research. Consider assessing your supply chain, staying on budget, understanding state and local laws and taxes, and much more.
Understanding your financial needs is a significant step towards business success. There are several ways to fund your new enterprise, including a bank loan or micro-loan, applying for credit through personal financing, crowdfunding, angel/venture capital investors, securing a federal loan (Small Business Administration), and other alternatives such as raising money from family and friends.
Determine the legal structure of the business and file the business name with the state or county. Sole proprietorships and partnerships need to register with the county clerk’s office. If you decide to incorporate, register with the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS).
Determine the potential tax responsibilities of the new business with federal, state, and local tax authorities. Federal tax obligations are filed through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). State tax filings are done through the Comptroller of Public Accounts. For questions about local business and property taxes, consult your county’s appraisal district or tax assessor-collector.
Step 6 - Business Licenses and Permits by Business Type:
Determine necessary licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, or authorizations for a specific business on the federal, state, and local level. The Texas Economic Development and Tourism’s Business Permit Office (BPO) provides information on state permits and licenses required for business enterprises in the state. For more information, please reference our Business Permits Office Comprehensive Permit Guide, which provides information on permits required for businesses in Texas and individuals looking to establish, operate or expand a business in Texas. Click here to Contact BPO.