Arlington Small Business Resources

If you live in Arlington, TX and are thinking of starting a small business, you may feel a little daunted by all the startup expenses, taxes, licenses and other things you have to consider before you even open your doors.

But if writing a business plan or using bookkeeping software sound like foreign skill sets, don’t worry — many business owners are just as uncomfortable doing these things as you are. Our small business resource directory can provide you the guidance you need to tackle all aspects of running your own business.

Tarrant SBDC

First off, the Tarrant Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to answer a lot of the questions you have about doing business in our part of Texas. The SBDC can help you with:

  • Business advising for all stages of your startup business
  • Training in important business topics, such as QuickBooks
  • Help with business tax issues

The resources, advice and training the SBDC can provide to prospective entrepreneurs can be just the right info at the right time, effectively improving their chances of staying in business over the long run.

Small Business Administration Programs

The SBA has a wealth of resources for small business owners that take you from the very first stages of planning your business to launching, managing and growing your business. You can find these resources in the SBA Business Guide.

Not sure how to go about marketing your products or services? The SBA can help with that, too. The SBA Marketing & Sales section offers advice on how to create a marketing plan — right down to which sections to include.

Where to Apply for an EIN

Even sole proprietors and small online businesses with no employees need an EIN, or Employer Identification Number, in order to do business. This is the number you supply to vendors so that you can pay wholesale prices, and it’s also the number you’ll use on sales and use tax returns, among other things. Fortunately, it’s easy to get an EIN. The IRS allows you to apply for an EIN online.

The IRS also has a section on its website for small businesses and self-employed individuals.

Taxes in Texas

Not sure how and when to file tax returns, or how much to pay? The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts offers a wealth of information on Texas sales tax requirements so you can determine what is taxable and what isn’t.

All of the above small business resources can help you make your Arlington small business a success. And if you have any questions about the various types of financing available for your small business, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Caedmon Capital.

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