The most important step in becoming a successful contractor is developing a clear plan for your operations, ownership and financing.
Build a Strong Foundation with a Business Plan
Increase Your Chance of Success
Incomplete planning is a leading cause of new business failure. A thorough business plan will give your business a better chance at being successful.
The Washington Small Business Guide offers the most comprehensive information for businesses about all you need to know to get started and operate successfully. • New Business – Read the Start section of the Washington Small Business Guide • Existing Business – Read the Grow section of the Washington Small Business Guide
Get Expert Advice
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (509) 735-1000 can help you develop solutions to your business needs. Assistance is free and confidential to business owners and managers in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.
Make decisions about your unique business needs:
Do you know what type of business structure works best for you?
Review a table of possible business structures with the pros and cons in the Business Description section of the Washington Small Business Guide.
Do you need financing for equipment? Do you know the costs of loans and the types of assistance available?
Review the Money section of the Washington Small Business Guide to learn about loans and financing assistance.
Have you considered a marketing strategy to promote your business?
Get helpful tips in the Marketing Plan section of the Washington Small Business Guide.
Have you thought about your operational plan and goals?
Learn the basics of operating your business by reviewing the Operations Plan section of the Washington Small Business Guide.
What knowledge do you have and how will you develop your skills?
Attend L&I's FREE Contractor Training Days and learn more about continuing educational opportunities. Check out available business assistance in the Business Training section of the Washington Small Business Guide.
These tools are provided for guidance purposes and should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The user is responsible for compliance with all requirements, regardless of whether they are referred to or contained within these documents.