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Kropula
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

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Insane since: Sep 2004

posted posted 09-20-2004 23:08

Hi, my sister and I want to start a Web Design Company. But I dont know how to start. I was looking if any of you people could give me some advice.

DL-44
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: under the bed
Insane since: Feb 2000

posted posted 09-21-2004 00:08

Well......

have you ever done web design? details like that (and a whole lot more) would be a good place to start.

metahuman
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: meme-contagion
Insane since: Aug 2003

posted posted 09-21-2004 02:42

http://www.creativepublic.com/

http://app1.sba.gov/hotlist/

Saving bandwidth...

moaiz
Maniac (V) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Nov 2000

posted posted 09-21-2004 03:46

Capital. I would say scrape all the $ you can together, write up a slick biz plan and try and get a small biz loan at a 3:1 or at least a 2:1. Undercapitalization is the #1 reason for small biz failure. I would say thats the primary contributing factor to the failure of mine...that and the 'tussin binges...

Here is an article on undercapitalization. If you're in the US you can contact your local Small Biz Association they are subsidized and pretty much exist solely to help you out. I am not saying you cant run it out of pocket...I did for 4 years, but having a buffer of capital and seed money to start can save you a lot of stress down the road.

metahuman
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: meme-contagion
Insane since: Aug 2003

posted posted 09-21-2004 04:56

Other than marketing and hardware and software expenses, a small Web design company doesn't need much capital. Effective marketing efforts usually result in running capital. You don't need $100K, $1M, etc. $50K would be nice though. Even $10-25K would be nice. Non-home office space isn't required for most startups either.

I started my strategic branding studio with no capital.

(Edited by metahuman on 09-21-2004 04:58)

Pugzly
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: 127.0.0.1
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 09-21-2004 16:57

WRITTEN CONTRACTS!!!

Petskull
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 09-21-2004 17:12

*Falls over in a giggle attack*

Seymour
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: Orlando, FL, USA
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 09-21-2004 17:30

The best thing that you can do is talk to a CPA. They will have all the information that you need on the financial end, as well as some good ideas as to where to get the money and what you need to start the business. A lot of CPA's will give free consultations to people looking to start a small business. You just have to look. Also like DL-44 was getting to, you should have a good understanding of web design before you start. You don't want to get yourself into something that you can't handle.


Oh and Good Luck with the business venture.

Pugzly
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: 127.0.0.1
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 09-21-2004 17:40

RECORD EVERYTHING!!!

Kropula
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Sep 2004

posted posted 09-22-2004 07:06

Thank you all for your advice. I am not from US, i am from Peru. But i get the idea. .

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