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What if there were a website or application that helped consolidate and guide entrepreneurs through the forms and documents they needed to fill out and file?
When my sister and brother-in-law were starting their business, figuring out which forms and regulatory documents applied to them was one of the most difficult and frustrating parts. Between federal and state regulations, the process of starting a business can get very complicated, and for people who aren't versed in the law, getting through all the forms and licensing can be a barrier. Tax software like H&R Block, Turbo Tax, etc translate the notoriously complex tax code into a series of conversational questions to help users complete their taxes; what if the same paradigm was applied to the process that entrepreneurs go through?
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Mary Sajfar

March 23, 2012, 01:11AM
This is needed beyond start-ups. This sounds like a start-up that would expand to ALL business. Actually I need it now...hurry up :) It's like turbo-tax but more like turbo-faqs.

Matt Melchiori

March 18, 2012, 21:41PM
This is a great idea - let's take it a step further. How about a non-profit that handles all of these things for you, provided you meet a few criteria? By centralizing the bureaucracy, you free the entrepreneurs to focus on what really matters - building their product/service.

Funding the group might be a challenge, but what about urging donations from the successful start-ups that used the service to help them succeed?

Johan Löfström

March 23, 2012, 08:49AM
if the local or federal government could understand that they could increase tax revenue and create lots of local new jobs with this, they could fund it, so it becomes free to use.

I heard a thing about large businesses: they rarely pay any local tax, and get lots of subsidies to stay in the state. (if a multinational company pays tax, they do it in offshore tax havens)

compare this with startups: the majority of startups will be able to hire at least one-two person within 2 years (if they are not outcompeted by another subsidised large business)
And tax revenue from these 2-3 persons salary multiplied by thousands of startups in each state means big boost for local government, and also for other local businesses, where these spend their salary :D

James McBennett

March 18, 2012, 21:00PM
I never understand why someone's motivation is too make things slow and difficult, but sometimes feel that is what they have done!

What form do you think this could take place, easy questions, gamification, wiki, like codedemy or khan academy....
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