10 Simple Steps
For the same reason you don’t go hiking in the Alaskan wild without a compass, you shouldn’t open your doors in this state without a professional business plan. Not only will you need it to secure any serious funding, it ensures better-managed cash flow, more seamless growth, and you’ll be far less likely to get lost along the way.
Take Action: Seize upon our 100% free email-based Business Planning Course designed to get you from A-to-Z as pleasantly as possible. Plus, we provide access to tons of other great tools along the way.
Alaska has built an amazing framework of incentives to attract new companies like yours. Can you say, “No individual income tax”? And that’s just the beginning, no sales tax either which decreases your costs across the board. Recently Alaskan LLCs have been lavished with some of the best protections in the nation. But first, you must choose your business structure and register with the state to tap in.
Take Action: As this aspect of starting a business can be rather sensitive, we’ve developed quick and easy incorporation guides for the most popular entities.
Are business taxes in Alaska rather simple? Yes. But, you need to make sure you have all your t’s dotted and I’s crossed. This way tax time will go by like that chilly northern breeze the polar bears love so much.
Take Action: A good place to start would be the free online PDF published by the state that explains everything involved with Establishing a Business in Alaska. There’s also the Small Business Assistance Center through the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development.
Because of the climate and geography, unless you intend on being a completely online operation you need to make sure you have the right licensing and permits to conduct business. Like taxes, this can be pretty straightforward. You may only need one simple permit or a basic business license.
Please, don’t make the mistake of melding your checking account with a business checking account. They need to be completely separate to further simplify the financial aspects of your company and give you access to all kinds of discounts, waved fees, and so forth.
Regardless of where you set up shop, Alaskans will tell you it takes a go-getter to succeed in this entrepreneur-friendly state. From the waterfronts of Petersburg to the bustle of Anchorage or even Palmer, be sure you understand local demographics!
Take Action: We know picking a spot can be tough if it doesn’t somehow happen naturally through your personal/professional networks. If you’d like to brush up on everything that goes into making this decision, refer to our friendly guide on How to Choose the Perfect Location.
Sooner or later your brand will grow to a point where outside funding is necessary (ideally right?). Rather than quaking in your snow boots, take a gander at the Alaska Division of Economic Development because there are a large variety of options – on top of more modern social lending and CrowdFunding.
Take Action: The email course we mentioned in Step 1 really comes in handy here because planning and finances go together like fried chicken and biscuits/waffles. You can also browse our guide on How to Finance a Business to start generating ideas.
At Startup Savant we believe professional business websites are a necessity and no longer optional. No one’s saying you need a complex digital storefront, but there needs to be something online in place where potential clients, users, or customers can investigate who you are and what you’re about using their mobile phones.
Take Action: The first step is finding the right platform, which thankfully there aren’t too many yet. Head on over to this easy Business Website Builder Guide to get a head start.
Marketing is about as easy for new business owners in Alaska as it would be for you to build an igloo right now from scratch. The point is, don’t be shy, be strategic! Know who you need to connect with and find multiple ways to reach and let them know you and your solution exists. Become the Aura Borealis of your niche.
Take Action: Once again your business plan is going to make marketing much more effective and cost-efficient. For starters, it helps you map out your target markets, financial forecasts, and cost-per-acquisition costs.
No doubt, it can be challenging to stay driven during the rough winter months in Alaska, or in general really. This is why along with being an amazing resource for small-biz tools, Startup Savant continuously interviews change makers to see what they do to continue thriving.
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