Crash Course in Business Startup Logistics

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Proposal
Long Form
Beginner

Excerpt

Businesses open and close at an alarming rate, often because the people start them with a vision of a must-have product or service but without much actual business knowledge.

This tutorial is for tech-minded people who have the product vision but no idea where or how to start turning it into a real business. Learn startup logistics from a fellow geek, not from a suit.

Description

ccording to the latest numbers available from the U.S. Small Business Administration:

“An estimated 552,600 new employer firms opened for business in 2009, and 660,900 firms closed.This amounts to an annual turnover of about 10 percent. Nonemployer firms have turnover rates three times as high, mostly because it is much easier for them to go into business and cease operations.”

Businesses open and close at an alarming rate, often because the people start them with a vision of a must-have product or service but without much actual business knowledge.

This tutorial is for tech-minded people who have the product vision but no idea where or how to start turning it into a real business. You’ll learn from a geek, not from a suit, so the tips you’ll take away will be practical and free of lingo and doublespeak. The session will be presented as an interactive lecture where audience participation and questions are encouraged.

Topics which will be covered in this tutorial:

  • Choosing and filing a Legal Business Structure
  • Naming the Busines
  • Location Location Location
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Taxes and Licensing
  • Contracts and Pricing
  • Hiring Employees

Speaking experience

I spoke at OSBridge in 2011 (twice) and at both OSBridge (twice) and OSCON (once) in 2012. You'll be able to find my OSB talks easily enough with the links above and from my profile. The link to my OSCON talk is: http://www.oscon.com/oscon2012/public/schedule/detail/23293

This will be a new talk for 2013.

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