How to Start Any Type of Organization -- Guidelines and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Assembled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD; Authenticity Consulting, LLC

First, Do Some Careful Preparation

Before starting a new business (whether nonprofit or for-profit), there is some very important thinking that you really should do. See:
Entrepreneurs -- Are You Really Ready to Start a New Organization, Product or Service?

Should You Start a For-Profit or a Nonprofit? Which?

There are some basic considerations to address when making this decision. See:
Should I Start a For-Profit or a Nonprofit?

How to Start a For-Profit Business

Guidelines and Many Resources for Starting a For-Profit Business

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization

Guidelines and Many Resources for Starting a Nonprofit Organization

Additional Sources of Additional Assistance

Resources for For-Profits
Resources for Nonprofits

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