A Step-by-Step, How-To Guide for Starting a Business

The Startup Roadmap sponsored by FedEx outlines each step in starting a business with information and resources on the most difficult tasks. It also contains tips for working "With Your Mentor" on each topic.

Start Your Journey

Are You Ready to Start Your Business?

The path to business ownership is an exciting journey. As you embark on your journey, you need a few things to successfully reach your destination. First and foremost, you need a good roadmap or GPS to successfully navigate your way.

The Startup Roadmap guides your journey, from your business idea through opening your doors to customers.

Whatever startup route lies ahead of you, the Startup Roadmap provides direction along the way. It will help you chart a course to success, minimizing detours and dead ends so you can get to your goal faster. 

This Roadmap will take you from the initial step of defining your business idea through your ultimate destination: launching your business. In each chapter, we’ll teach you what you need to do and give you the resources and expertise you need to get it done.

The program is flexible, letting you make the business startup journey your own, focusing more on some chapters and less in others. It eliminates fears and intimation and offers a clear vision on how to achieve your business startup goals—especially if you work on it with a SCORE mentor. Entrepreneurs who work with a mentor are five times more likely to start a business than those who do not have a mentor.

Wherever you are in your startup process, SCORE can help.

The Startup Roadmap includes these 12 chapters, but you do not have to take them all:

  1. Starting Your Journey
  2. Are You Ready to Start a Business?
  3. Defining and Validating Your Idea
  4. Business Plan or Business Model Canvas?
  5. Finding Funding
  6. Setting Up Your Business
  7. Accounting, Insurance, and Legal Considerations
  8. Marketing Your Business
  9. Pricing, Sales, and Distribution
  10. Setting Up Your Physical Location
  11. Staffing Your Business
  12. Open for Business
Startup Roadmap