• Brad Keating

Important Things to Do Before You Start a Business in Ohio

Updated: Jan 16

Are you looking to start a business in Ohio in 2021? If so, there are important things to know before starting your business.


As with any business, you need to ensure you have the correct paperwork in place, and you have a clear and focused business plan. This can look different depending on what state you’re in, so you must be aware of the legislation in the state you’re starting your business in.


Business in Ohio

Choose The Right Business For You And Your Area


Before starting your own business in Ohio, you need to ensure you’ve settled on the right business idea for your area. Do some market research, consider the local customer and potential business competition in the area. Make sure you’ve settled on a business idea that you’re passionate about and aligns with your personal interests. You’re going to be investing time and money into this venture, so you need to make sure it’s worth your efforts.


Plan Your Business


After establishing your idea, you need a substantial amount of planning. This entails thinking of what your business is going to offer; are you creating a product or service-based brand? Who is your ideal client? Will you need a team? Are you going to hire a lawyer? Will you require financial backing? All of these things need to be considered before you start your own business.


You need to create a solid business plan that sets out everything you need to do, and when you need to do it to make your business a success.


Starting a Business

Form An LLC


When starting your business in Ohio, you must form an LLC. By doing this, you’re protecting your personal assets from potential financial problems the business could face.


Forming an LLC differs from state to state. Luckily, the experts at Zen Business have a step by step guide on how to form your Ohio LLC online today.


Register With The Ohio Secretary Of State


Next, you need to register your business with the Ohio Secretary of State. You can do this quickly through their online form. The price of your forms will depend on the nature of your business.


Register With The Ohio Department Of Taxation


After this, you can register with the Ohio Department of Taxation. All business taxpayers must be registered with the Ohio Department of taxation. Again, this can be done online. After doing this you can create your businesses financial accounts.


What to do When Starting a Business

Report Your Employees To Ohio New Hire Reporting Center


You need to make sure you report anyone employed by your business to the Ohio New Hire Reporting Center.


Obtain Licenses And Permits


There are necessary permits needed to do business in Ohio. You can access the requirements needed to legally do business in the state at Business.Ohio.gov.

Ohio is a state with nearly 11.7 million people. It’s an area of great opportunity, and somewhere your new business could boom. You must ensure all the correct legislations and plans are in place so your new business can reach its full potential.