Book Title:

Small Business Start-Up Kit for California (Paperback)
by Peri Pakroo (Author), Catherine Caputo (Editor)

Editorial Reviews:

Book Description

The best step-by-step guide to starting a business in California!

If you dream of starting a business, but fear that, without an MBA, you’ll get lost in the maze of government red tape here’s the handbook you need.

The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California outlines how to set up your enterprise in the Golden State quickly and easily, pointing out the hurdles, fees and forms along the way. Clear and straight to the point, the book explains how to:

  • choose the best business structure
  • write an effective business plan
  • file the right forms in the right place
  • price, bid and bill your projects
  • draft and use contracts, online and off
  • manage your finances
  • be prepared for, and file, required taxes
  • reach customers online
  • and much more

The 7th edition is completely updated, and includes new chapters on e-business and doing business from home. It also covers the latest California-specific business information, including sales tax rates by county, registration forms and fees. Updated forms and business-planning spreadsheets are included on CD-ROM.

List of Forms

  • Partnership Agreement
  • LLC Articles of Organization
  • Sample Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership Registration
  • Application for Employer Identification Number (IRS Form SS-4)
  • California Fictitious Business Name Statement
  • California Seller’s Permit Application and Instructions for Individuals/Partnerships/Corporations/Organizations
  • California Resale Certificate
  • Swap Meets, Flea Markets, or Special Events Certification
  • California Board of Equalization Publications Order Form
  • IRS Form 1040-ES: Estimated Tax Form and Instructions
  • California Estimated Tax Form and Instructions (FTB Form 540-ES)
  • Limited Liability Company Tax Voucher (FTB Form 3522)
  • Entity Classification Election (IRS Form 8832)
  • Election To Have a Tax Year Other Than a Required Tax Year (IRS Form 8716)
  • Determination of Worker Status for Purposes of Federal
  • Employment Taxes and Income Tax Withholding (IRS Form SS-8)

From the Publisher

“This title supercedes Open Your California Business in 24 Hours.”

“An excellent resource for beginners… written specifically for entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in California.”

About the Author

Peri Pakroo is a media developer and consultant, specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, focusing on small business and intellectual property issues. She has edited such titles as Nolo’s Starting and Running a Successful Newsletter or Magazine; Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online and Off; Music Law; and How to Write a Business Plan. Besides working with legal and business issues, Peri has also headed the editorial departments of two arts and entertainment weeklies and a monthly food and lifestyle magazine. She lives with Juno, Kitty B and Turtle in New Mexico.