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Starting a Business as a Personal Shopper

Shopping isn’t just their passion; it’s their business. And it’s no job for an amateur. Learn how these fashion-forward pros make their living at the checkout counter–and how you can, too.


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When life feels overwhelming, many women grab their purse and head for the mall. But while Maggie McQuown also views shopping as entertainment, she gets paid for it.

“It’s just something I’ve always been good at–color, shopping, putting things together and knowing what someone else will like, what they can wear and what will make them look good and feel good,” she says. She applies her shopping skills as part of her image-consultant business, VisibleEDGE Resources in Addison, Texas. Her services range from assessing clients’ psychological profiles to giving lessons in etiquette. “But the shopping part is the fun part,” she says.

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Starting a Business | California Secretary of State

When starting a new business, there are many important decisions to make and many rules and procedures that must be addressed. While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business.

Step 1

It is helpful to begin with a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint of every aspect of your business. Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Promotion and Location are just some of the categories to consider when creating a plan. Go to the U.S. Small Business Administration website to find a tutorial on how to create a business plan.

Step 2

If you would like help deciding on a location for your business, contact the California Business Investment Services unit of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GO-Biz). The California Business Investment Services unit provides tailored site selection services for businesses, real–estate executives, and site

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A Step by Step Guide to Starting a Business

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  • You want to make sure you prepare thoroughly before starting a business, but realize that things will almost certainly go awry. To run a successful business, you must adapt to changing situations.
  • Conducting in-depth market research on your field and the demographics of your potential clientele is an important part of crafting a business plan. This involves running surveys, holding focus groups, and researching SEO and public data.
  • Before you start selling your product or service, you need to build up your brand and get a following of people who are ready to jump when you open your doors for business.

Talk to any entrepreneur or small business owner and you’ll quickly learn that starting a business requires a lot of work. An idea doesn’t become a business without effort. 

Some budding entrepreneurs understand the effort necessary to create a business, but they might not

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Starting a Business – Missouri Secretary of State

 


 

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For a listing of some of the filings required of general business corporations, click here.

Before filing any required document with the Corporations Division, check to see that:

  1. All necessary parties have signed the document;
  2. The correct filing fee accompanies the document;
  3. The correct entity name and spelling is given.

Click here to view a list of Corporations Division’s downloadable forms for use in filing.

Any person may presubmit any document to be filed to the Secretary of State for a “preclearance examination.” The charge for such preclearance examination is $55.

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Online Entity Registration

A limited liability company may be registered electronically by filing articles of organization online. Click here for more information regarding online LLC registration.

The Secretary of State’s Office is working to provide more online services. Check back to see what filings are offered online in

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Starting a Business

There are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, making up a whopping 99.7 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the Small Business Administration. When you consider some of the most popular reasons to start a business, including having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself — it’s no wonder that small businesses are everywhere.

But not every small business is positioned for success. In fact, only about two-thirds of businesses with employees survive at least two years, and about half survive five years. So you may be in for a real challenge when you decide to take the plunge, ditch your day job, and become a business owner. The stage is often set in the beginning, so making sure you follow all of the necessary steps when starting your

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