Before we move away from the topic of New Year’s resolutions, there’s one more New Year’s Resolution we’d like to address—that of taking control of your destiny and starting your own business. The desire to move away from corporate America and work for oneself is not at all unusual. Unfortunately, not all who make this resolution will follow through with it. This is not because these brave entrepreneurs can’t make it, but because they get discouraged. Branching out on your own is a scary venture, especially if you aren’t sure where or how to start; but making that start is a lot easier if you have a plan and know that you’re not alone.

The following article from Kiplinger.com, Six Steps to Starting Your Own Business, can help you with the first part, and your attorney can help you with the second.

That’s right; your attorney can help you start your business, and in fact should help you start your business. Although the idea and impetus behind this new venture will be all yours, you should absolutely talk to your attorney about the formal incorporation and formation. Many attorneys are small business owners themselves, and can also help with the challenging and daunting tasks of structuring and formalizing a business plan. Once your business is off the ground and making money (as it undoubtedly will) your attorney can also help you protect it from creditors and lawsuits.

With a clear plan, and a friend in your corner, starting a business seems almost too easy.

If you’ve ever considered starting your own business, this could be the year to do it. Make a plan, call your attorney, and take control of your own destiny.