Launch Out “Into the Deep” Soloprenuers in Recovery
Your social network will help you find a good job at a "recovery friendly" employer. But if you're an aspiring entrepreneur waiting to start your own business or side hustle, if you have skills or a great idea, why not reach out to BizLab and get help bringing it to reality.
It takes time, courage, connections and the right idea!
Importance of Work
Although you will encounter obstacles on your journey through recovery, work can bring you a sense of purpose and act as a reliable anchor. It is an activity that will expand your sense of self-worth and add to your skills, helping you reach your personal goals and feel good about yourself. Work includes school, volunteer work, part-time or full-time employment. Work enlarges your social network and adds to your growing list of sober friends.
The Success X Factor
Be positive. This is the most important factor to your job success. Focus on solutions, don't complain. Be energetic, motivated, and take pride in your work. Don't take negative feelings with you to work. Show your strong work ethic by being on-time to work, returning from lunch and breaks, complete your assignments thoroughly and on time and be dependable and honest. Be flexible, embrace change, adapt. Nothing builds your self-respect like owning and operating your own business.
Become a Freelancer
If you've got skills, if you want more freedom, if you think you have what it takes - why not launch out on your own. Well, for one reason, getting started is tough - it takes time, costs money. When things go bad, there is no one to blame. It's a lonely road. It takes some maturity, some optimism, and some faith. You will learn a lot, (like how to deal with anxiety), and you will learn every day. The rewards can be great if you are willing to put in the work. If this is you, read on - we can mentor your along the way.
live by design - not by default
We use our experience to create yours
A well designed business model takes you beyond the complex, the unnecessary, and the confusing to the simple, the clear, and the meaningful.
Getting started as an entrepreneur can be complicated. It can leave you questioning your every decision. BizLab hold the keys to solving puzzles associated with launching a business for the first time.
We can help you with concise and meaningful advice on how to get licensed, build a business plan, and market your idea. We help you determine what matters most, where best to apply your energy, and how to reap the greatest rewards.
The danger in going it alone is the tendency to spread yourself too thin, to miss important details, and have no impact at all.
Tap Your Potential
The Invincible Power of Choice!
Have you ever felt stuck because you believe you did not have a choice? If so, you're not alone.
What would happen if you could find the one thing you could do that would make the highest contribution? What do you feel deeply inspired by? What are you particularly talented at? What meets a significant need in your world?
Spend a little time exploring, listening, questioning, and thinking. Then tell me, what is it you plan to do with your life?
The disciplined pursuit of freedom
The real rewards of owning your own business
Once I had clarity of purpose, I was able to succeed. I had a few successes and my reputation grew. This created new options and opportunities. Trust and credibility are the gems of my business. I don't over promise and my customers are grateful.
Working for a contractor was very unfulfilling for me. I took time to explore my options and consider my best contribution to the problems in my industry. I can say that I have now reclaimed my life. I have a crew and contract my services to those who I once gave permission to choose for me.
Having never considered my own business, I was overwhelmed with requirements, applications, licenses. BizLab helped me navigate these successfully. Since then, I have discovered that I have so much more ability and potential inside of me than I realized.
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Your highest point of contribution
What am I particularly good at doing?
One thing that most people who recovering from addiction disorders have in common is that they tend not to do well in their careers.
Some have success in the short term and do something they consider rewarding to them personally or financially, but in the long-term, to their eternal disappointment, it pretty much comes crashing down in the worst way imaginable.
Others don’t even try to set goals, avoiding the stress of attempting to achieve in the first place. It's more than about money—living simply is most often the best way to go about one’s life—but what it is about is conquering the things that hold you back, reaching for the stars and being proud of yourself.
Quite often, people in recovery begin to show their creative side and with the determination, courage, and persistence used to overcome their addiction, they professionally start their own businesses.
The opportunities are great and failure is only one of the options.
What we'll do for you
It's all organized into four kits
We take time to explore and research your business ideas. At this stage, take into consideration your own interests, skills, resources, availability, and the reasons why you want to form a business. You should also evaluate the likelihood of success based on the interests and needs of your community or target customer.
The most common legal structures for a small business are:
- sole proprietorship
- limited liability company (LLC), and
There also are special versions of some of these structures, such as limited partnerships and S corporations. You’ll want to consider which business entity structure offers the type of liability protection you want and the best tax, financing, and financial benefits for you and your business.
For LLCs and corporations, you will need to check that your name is distinguishable from the names of other business entities already on file with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code (DCCC). You can check for available names by doing a business name search on the DCCC website. You can reserve an available name for 120 days by filing an Application for Reservation of Business Name form with the Utah DCCC. There are certain name requirements for LLCs and corporations (like including a word such as “LLC” for LLCs or “Company” for corporations).
Is your business is a sole proprietorship or partnership that uses a business name that is different from the name of the business owner (for a sole proprietorship) or names of the individual partners (for a partnership)? If so, you must register that name with the DCCC.
Secure and register your business name as a domain name. In addition, to avoid trademark infringement issues, you should do a federal and state trademark check to make sure the name you want to use is not the same as or too much like a name already in use.
Sole proprietorship: To establish a sole proprietorship in Utah, you don’t need to file any organizational documents with the state.
Partnership: To create a general partnership in Utah, you don’t need to file any organizational documents with the state. Although not legally required, all partnerships should have a written partnership agreement. The partnership agreement can be very helpful if there is ever a dispute among the partners.
LLCs: To create an LLC in Utah, you must file a Certificate of Organization with the DCCC. You will also need to appoint a registered agent in Utah for service of process. In addition, while not required by law, you also should prepare an operating agreement to establish the basic rules about how your LLC will operate. The operating agreement is not filed with the state.
Corporations: To create a corporation in Utah, you must file Articles of Incorporation with the DCCC. You will also need to appoint a registered agent in Utah for service of process. Although not legally required, you also should prepare bylaws to establish your corporation’s internal operating rules. Bylaws are not filed with the state.
Almost anyone doing business in Utah must register with the state. You should use Utah’s OneStop Business Registration for this purpose.
Tax Registration. If you will be selling goods in Utah, you must apply for a sales and use tax license. If you will have employees in Utah, you must register for employer withholding tax. You can register for both types of tax at the state’s OneStop business registration website.
EIN. If your business has employees or is taxed separately from you, you must obtain a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. Even if you are not required to obtain an EIN, there are often business reasons for doing so. Banks often require an EIN to open an account in the business’s name and other companies you do business with may require an EIN to process payments. You can get an EIN by completing an online application on the IRS website. There is no filing fee.
Regulatory licenses and permits. These cover areas such as:
- health and safety
- the environment
- building and construction; and
- specific industries or services.
Utah’s OneStop online system allows you to register simultaneously with all of the following state agencies:
- Utah State Tax Commission
- Utah Labor Commission
- Utah Department of Commerce
- Utah Department of Workforce Services, and
- Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
For information about local licenses and permits, check the websites for any cities or counties where you will do business.
Professional and occupational licenses. These cover people who work in various fields. Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) is the umbrella agency for nearly all of the state’s regulatory boards and commissions for licensed professions and occupations. The Select Profession/Occupation section of the DOPL website lists the professions and occupations DOPL handles.
You’ll need to pick a location for your business and check local zoning regulations. Before you commit to a location, take time to calculate the costs of running your business in the desired spot, including rent and utilities. You can refer back to your business plan to evaluate whether you can afford your desired location during your company's early months. You should also be sure to verify that the spot is zoned for your type of business. You might find zoning regulations for your town or city by reviewing your local ordinances and contacting your town's zoning or planning department.
One alternative to opening your business at a new location is running your company out of your home. If you decide to run a home-based business, again check your local zoning laws. In addition, review your lease (if you rent your home) and homeowners association rules (if applicable), either of which might ban some or all home businesses.
Utah taxes every kind of business. See Utah State Business Income Tax for more information on state business taxes in Utah.
Sole proprietorships. Pay state taxes on business income as part of their personal state income tax returns (TC-40).
Partnerships. Partners pay state taxes on partnership income on personal tax returns. In addition, most Utah partnerships also must file Form TC-65, Utah Partnership/Limited Liability Partnership/Limited Liability Company Return.
LLCs. Members pay state taxes on their share of LLC income on personal tax returns. In addition, most LLCs themselves have to file an additional state tax form. The specific form used will depend on how the LLC is classified for federal tax purposes. LLCs classified as corporations for federal tax purposes must pay Utah’s franchise tax. In addition, Utah LLCs must file an annual renewal with the Utah DCCC. See Utah LLC Annual Report and Tax Requirements for more information.
Corporations. Shareholders must pay state taxes on their dividends from the corporation. A shareholder-employee with a salary also must pay state income tax on his or her personal state tax return. Moreover, the corporation itself is subject to Utah’s franchise tax. Finally, corporations must file an annual renewal with the DCCC.
If you have employees, you must also deal with state employer taxes.
Business insurance can protect your business and your personal assets from the fallout of unexpected disasters, such as personal injury lawsuits and natural catastrophes. An insurance agent can help you explore the different coverage options for your business, which might include general liability insurance to protect you against claims relating to bodily injury or property damage, or cyber liability insurance to cover litigation and settlement fees following a data security breach.
No matter the type of business you form, you should consider opening a separate business account to make it easier to track your income and expenses. If you own a business with limited liability, such as an LLC or a corporation, you must open a separate bank account to maintain your liability protection.
- For a limited liability company, you’ll need the company’s TIN and a copy of the articles of organization (or, depending on the state where the LLC is organized, the equivalent document, such as a certificate of formation). If the articles of organization do not provide sufficient information regarding who is authorized to sign on behalf of the LLC, you may also need an additional LLC document that does provide that information.
- For a sole proprietorship, you might not need anything more than a social security number—or, if you have obtained one, a federal taxpayer identification number (TIN). However, if your business requires a government-issued license, or you’ve filed a business name certificate because your business operates under a name different from your own name, you will also need the license or certificate showing both the business name and your own name.
- The common theme here is that you need the basic documents that substantiate the name and general nature of your business, the fact that your business is somehow registered with the IRS, and that you, personally, have the authority to set up the bank account.
Knowing what to expect is critical in the startup phase. You'll want to establish a forecast of expected income and realize how much time and effort will be involved to get that cash. You'll want to track your customers, their purchases, give quotes & estimates, or track inventory. Accounting software is a must-have part of your business from the start. Making it easy for your customers to pay will bring them back as repeat customers. Being easy to do business with is the number one reason customers return.
After you select an idea, consider drafting a business plan to determine your chances of making a profit. When you create a plan, you will have a better idea of the startup costs, your competition, and strategies for making money. Investors and lenders will want to review your business plan before providing financial assistance, and you can be prepared by drafting a plan before you start soliciting funding.
When it comes to planning, forecasting is the easiest way to plan your strategy going forward. Forecasts can be prepared annually, quarterly and monthly to give you the most accurate and up-to-date expectation of income.
We can set you up with an appropriate template to help you get going.
You may consider creating invoices, tracking customer payments and receipts and accepting payments through email. All of these are convenience factors your customers will appreciate.
QuickBooks is the most common go-to accounting software, but if you don't want to spend the money or can't yet afford it, try this option: waveapps.com - this is a FREE accounting software you can use to manage your business.
As a free and integrated business platform that combines accounting, invoicing, and receipt scanning Wave Apps is a straightforward package. It is a good option for small businesses (less than 10 employees) that are still starting as well as self-employed professionals including entrepreneurs, freelancers, and consultants.
The system is easy to set up and use. It comes with a simple dashboard with everything you need in view and it is easy to access.
Accounting and invoicing processes are simplified, helping you focus more on what matters - getting business. It comes with monitoring expenses, chasing payments, and managing taxes. The system helps users create and send out professional looking invoicing, estimates, and receipts in a matter of moments. Tracking capabilities ensures that you are on top of your processes.
You want to give your customers every opportunity to pay you. It's nice to be a cash only business, but very unrealistic it today's world. Point of Sale options for credit and debit card payments are available to everyone and only takes about 15 minutes to set up. For use with your phone or a tablet device, try SquareUP. For your website and other online purchase options, use STRIPE.
Accepting credit card payments will:
- Legitimize your business
- Boost your sales
- Reduce the risk of bad checks
- Improve your cash flow
- Levels the playing field with your competitors
- The cost is low or can be zero.
Unless your business is a vending machine business, a food truck or a street vendor, a babysitter or a dog sitter, a laundromat or a cannabis dispensary, we highly recommend accepting credit cards at the point of sale.
Business Visuals and Marketing
A logo isn't just a tiny piece of art; it's a building block, the foundation of a strong brand identity. Using your logo in your business, such as on your website, business card, social media, printed materials, etc., will attract much-needed visibility. Your logo becomes a timeless part of your business, uniquely identifying your brand from your competitors. It is a view of the business you are in at a glance! Every business is different, and so will be your requirements for your logo.
Our philosophy - keep it simple and clean. Determine what information is essential and what you can do without - You want your customers calling you, not getting all their information from your card. Its nice when the card is appealing, has a little "weight" to it to give it some "gravitas", and your customer can tell what business you're in by looking at your card.
Marketers know the significance of having a well recognized brand, and printed materials are an excellent way to establish your brand. Give just enough detail to get someone to call or visit your website.
Print materials are critical for local businesses. Some niche markets are difficult to get to with digital marketing alone. Very localized geographical markets can’t be reached through digital marketing methods. There’s no substitute for printed mail shots to specific addresses for getting your brand out there.
Websites are often skimmed in as little as 15 seconds per visit. When a customer or prospect reads a printed material, they are more engaged for a longer period of time. And consumers trust print material more than digital content. Something about the physical nature of printed material seems to afford it more status than screen-based material. Perhaps this reflects the consumer perception that digital content is easily created, faked, infected with viruses and used as part of scams.
It is difficult to secure a good domain name these day with nearly a billion websites, every .com domain name is taken or secured by a domain pirate hoping to make a fortune off of your desperation for the exact name you want. We'll help you secure and register a solid domain name for your business.
BizLab will create a landing page for you and include a contact form so visitors can reach out to you with questions or to request a quote. You will provide the host and the content for your landing page, we will do the work on the back-end to make sure it all works well and looks good.
Sooner or later, you're going to have to send an email from your new domain. You'll need a place online to store your documents for easy retrieval. And you'll want to reach out to your clients and prospects via social media. BizLab can you help you put that all together. We like Microsoft, but we are Google fans too. And Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are best sources of customers.
First impressions are crucial in business. Don't miss out on an easy way to improve yours with a custom email address. While an email client like Gmail or Yahoo may seem to be an easy solution to your business email needs, free accounts lack the professionalism of a custom email address.
When you take into account the popularity of email, getting it right for your business is pretty important. According to 72% of consumers, email is their preferred form of marketing communication. Additionally, email is 40 times more effective for lead acquisition and conversion than social media.
Setting up an email address for your business might seem simple, but there are several things to consider when creating yours. With that in mind, let's get you set up and running with yours.
You need a way to store and manage your documents online. The right system ensures that you’re keeping client information protected while also making it easy to collaborate with others for successful resolutions of problems. Both Microsoft and Google provide free storage and easy access. With these systems you'll get:
- Enhanced productivity
- Flexible Access
- File security
- Easy collaboration
Social media allows for immediate interaction and customer feedback. Businesses can also respond to their customers right away. With nearly half of U.S. customers using social media to ask questions about products or services, having a social media customer service strategy is extremely important.
You're going to want to collect reviews and testimonials, post your latest activities and successes. BizLab will help you set up your Facebook page, an Instagram account, and a linkedIn page.
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