So, you want to start a business?

The problem is, it seems like a task of epic proportions:

You have to think about writing a business plan. You have to determine where the money to fund your idea will come from. And then, if that all works out, there are the legal considerations. It’s just too much.

Before long, you’re thinking of scrapping the idea; you’ll come back to it later when you’ve got savings, when you’ve learned more, or when your children are older.

The thing is, starting a business isn’t actually an Olympic trial. Really, it’s just a set of steps you need to take before you can open shop.

It’s a whole lot like meeting all the requirements to pass a class: learn the material, ask the teacher questions, study, do your projects, take the tests.

To help make your dream more achievable, we’ve created a roadmap—a startup checklist.

In this checklist, we break down each of the things you need to do in order to set up shop:

  1. Find a good business idea
  2. Test your idea and do market research
  3. Write a business plan
  4. Brand your business
  5. Make it legal
  6. Get financed
  7. Set up shop
  8. Market and launch your business

Download your business startup checklist, print it out, and work through it each day.

And don’t forget—just breathe and relax. You can do it.

Download your free business startup checklist today!

AvatarCandice Landau

Candice is a freelance writer, jeweler, and digital marketing hybrid.