Start a Business

Start a Business

Are you interested in starting or growing a business? Inmates to Entrepreneurs offers online resources, educational seminars and local chapter meetings to help you get started. View the brief videos in our library below for answers to all of your most pressing questions about starting and running your business.

First Steps – Your Business Idea

What is Inmates to Entrepreneurs?

Why should you start a business?

What are the very first things you need to do to get started?

How do you get over the fear of starting a business?

What is a business plan and do you really need one?

What traits make former inmates successful in business?

Is it important to come up with a good name for your business?

What are some of the barriers facing former inmates when it comes to starting a business?

What advice is there to start a business?

Do you know it all after you start a business?

What is the best part about being a business owner?

What types of businesses are the easiest to start?

What is a business plan and do you really need one?

How do you come up with a good business idea?

Should you tell people you’re a former inmate?

What types of licenses will you need?

What type of organizational structures exist?

When should you get a lawyer?

When should you hire employees?

Do you need a computer or phone to start a business?

Do you need to give contracts to your customers?

Should you provide an invoice to customers?

What is bookkeeping and why is it important?

Taxes: What do you need to know?

Do you need insurance when you start out?

Cash Flow/Money

How much money can you expect to make?

What do you do if you don’t get paid?

How do you start a business with no money at all?

How do you get your first customers?

Should you ever borrow money?

How do you price the product or service you are providing?

What are different ways you can get paid?


How do you ask for the sale?

Do you need business cards and other marketing materials?

Why and how do you provide great customer service?

How do you generate customer referrals?

How many people will you have to talk to before you make a sale?


What are the best ways to manage time and schedule customers?

Should you start your business on a part-time basis or jump in full-time?

Why should you set personal and business goals?

What are the basics of accounting?

What types of problems are likely to arise with employees?

Should you have a business partner?

Should you work with family or friends?