Getting your startup idea out of the gates can be tough and intimidating. The first steps, however, are actually much easier and more affordable than many entrepreneurs believe, especially with the slew of useful tools available online.
Here are 10 free or very affordable, and easy-to-use tools to help you take action and get started.
With the wildly varying licensing requirements and business structures available, setting up the legal structure of your business can get confusing.
For this reason, consider using SCORE, an organization of experienced and often retired entrepreneurs and business professionals that was set up by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide advice to small business owners at no charge. While you can certainly change the legal aspects of your business later, it's best to set up your business properly from the start and avoid unnecessary expenses later.
Find your local SCORE office and contact a business professional for help.
Related: Determining the Best Legal Structure for Your Business
One of the easiest and highest impact tasks you can complete for your business is securing a website domain and setting up a great landing page. I have had success with Squarespace, which is very easy to use and provides a great web and mobile interface. Other sites, like GoDaddy and Wix, also have great resources for getting started, and all allow you to reserve your business website domain (URL) with their service.