Posted 3 months ago on Feb. 8, 2013, 9:09 p.m. EST by Shayneh
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It's tiresome to keep reading posts on this site with tons of suggestions on cooperatives, but with no follow up on actually doing it .
You continually talk about cooperatives and say how great they are. You provide all kinds of info about them but no one has taken the initiative to at least come up with a plan to get people involved in starting one.Especially the people on this site.
Well I am going to take the first step in at least giving you somewhat of an idea as to how to get one started.
What I would like anyone of you to do should you so desire, is take the information below, fill in the blanks outlining the requirements and then submit your plan.
Who knows, if your plan has validity, maybe you can get investors.
Step 1: Write a Business Plan - outline the kind of business you would like to start, outline your objective and your vision for the goals of your businesses. List what you think your initial cost will be to start this business and what you think it will cost to keep this business in operation for at least 1.5 years of it's inception. You can also provide information on how you come up with these costs.
. Step 2: List how and where you would get the business employees and trained employees you want to work for you. . Step 3: Choose a Business Location that you think would be Ideal that would make the business successful.
Step 4: Provide information on how you would finance the business - If it's a cooperative then list sources where you think you could get investors. . Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business as a nonprofit or cooperative. and outline how you would structure your businesses when it comes to shares of the business.
Step 6: Chose a Business Name ("Doing Business As") that you would think best identify your business.
Step 7: Provide a list of agencies that you think you would be required to register with to get a "tax identification number.
Step 8: Provide a list of agencies that you think you would be required to register with for payment of all taxes and insurance. . Also list the taxes you think you would be required to pay.
Step 9: Provide a list of agencies where you would need to obtain business licenses and permites requried for your business - be it federal, state and local agencies.
Step 10: Provide a description of Employer Responsibilities and the legal steps you need to take to hire employees
Now if your main objective is to criticize then no imput is required. If you can offer "positive suggestions" or add more info that would make it more plausable to actually get a businesses going, and fits in with starting a businesses, then by all means submit it
I am looking for positive feedback - lets see if it is possible for those of you whom dislike current businesses to join in and work towards starting a cooperative. You never know what may happen if things click.