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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?

Test - How Much of an Entrepreneurial Spirit Do You Have?

Also you might take this short quiz to assess how much of an entrepreneurial spirit that you have:

Entrepreneur Quiz

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

Also consider
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Learn More in the Library's Blogs Related to Starting an Organization

In addition to the articles on this current page, see the following blogs which have posts related to Starting an Organization. Scan down the blog's page to see various posts. Also see the section "Recent Blog Posts" in the sidebar of the blog or click on "next" near the bottom of a post in the blog.

Library's Business Planning Blog
Library's Building a Business Blog
Library's Consulting and Organizational Development Blog
Library's Leadership Blog
Library's Nonprofit Capacity Building Blog
Library's Strategic Planning Blog
Library's Supervision Blog


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