Steps to Starting Your Own Business

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Cheryl Kuchek is the owner of Just My Imagination DeZigns Inc. in New York and the founder of the Facebook groups Sublimation, OKI, iColor and Beyond and Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond—the first of its kind to focus on sublimation—hosting a community of digital decorators and serving as a resource to grow their business through weekly Facebook Live sessions, webinars, vendor discounts, and more. For referrals or more information, contact Kuchek directly at justmyimaginationdezigns4u@gmail.com.

No matter how much you prepare and do the research, you still may never fully feel ready to start your own business. A big part of it is making a decision to take it to the next level, and then doing it. Research is helpful in terms of preparing you for what you can expect. But like anything, it can only take you so far until you actually take action. Here are some steps that may help you:

  • Plan your business 
  • Choose a business structure 
  • Pick your business name 
  • Research licenses and permits
  • Choose and learn your accounting system
  • Decide on a business location
  • Promote your business

—Cheryl Kuchek, Just My imagination Dezigns