New Year, New Ventures: The Road to Entrepreneurship

Dec 28, 2023

Are you gearing up to launch your own business in 2024, ready to leave your 9-to-5 behind and pursue your passion? That’s a fantastic resolution! However, before you dive headfirst into entrepreneurship, there are some critical accounting and tax considerations you should keep in mind to ensure a smooth start to your new venture.

Choose the Right Legal Structure

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is determining the legal structure of your business. Will you be the sole owner, or will there be multiple partners involved? Your choice of entity structure (such as sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S-Corp, or C-Corp) has significant implications for both taxes and legal responsibilities. To make the right choice, consult with an experienced accountant and attorney who can guide you through the complexities of each option.

Obtain an EIN (Employer Identification Number)

Consider applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. This identification number is essential, especially if you plan to hire employees or if your business structure requires it. Additionally, if you opt for a sole proprietorship, having an EIN can help protect your social security number and keep it separate from your business activities.

Open a Business Bank Account

Setting up a dedicated business bank account is not only advisable but often necessary, depending on your business structure. Maintaining separate accounts for personal and business finances simplifies accounting and ensures cleaner records. It’s easier to track income and expenses when they are clearly separated.

Register with Your State Taxing Authority

If your business involves sales subject to sales tax or if you plan to hire employees, you’ll need to register with your state taxing authority. Each state has its own rules and requirements, so it’s essential to consult with an accountant familiar with your state’s regulations to ensure compliance and proper remittance of sales and payroll taxes.

Set Up Payroll Systems

If you intend to hire employees, carefully consider your payroll platform options. There’s a wide array of choices, ranging from online-only platforms like Gusto to larger payroll companies like ADP and Paychex (as well as many fantastic local/regional providers). Research and select the platform that aligns best with your business’s needs and growth plans.

Choose an Accounting Platform

Selecting the right accounting software is crucial for tracking your income and expenses efficiently. There are several excellent options available, including QuickBooks Online and Xero. Having a reliable accounting platform isn’t just important for tax purposes; it’s also essential for gaining insights into your business’s performance and financial health.

Starting a business may seem overwhelming, especially when considering all the accounting and tax responsibilities that come with it. However, you don’t have to go through this journey alone. At Elblein CPA, we’re here to assist you every step of the way. We can help you navigate the complexities of business accounting and taxes, making the process less taxing and more manageable.

Ready to get started? Take the first step towards your entrepreneurial dream by filling out our client intake form. We’ll be in touch to discuss your specific needs and provide you with personalized guidance to ensure your business takes off on the right foot in 2024.