Becoming a Business Owner
Becoming a business owner is an opportunity of a lifetime that can bring great success, or many challenges. Find out how Johnson Financial Group can partner with you to make success a reality.
For starters, get some advice
Even the most successful entrepreneurs can benefit from learning from those who have gone before them.
Build your own board
Your business may eventually have a board of directors, but you need a personal one first. Consider people you admire. They should be a sounding board – people you trust to hold you accountable and give you direct, honest feedback. A diverse group can offer contrasting perspectives and opinions as you plan and establish your business.
Network with others
Who is most likely to have the best insight on starting or buying a business? That’s right – other entrepreneurs. Whether you're seeking funding, hiring staff, or addressing dozens of other challenges as you launch your business, other business owners can offer practical suggestions and solutions.
Fill the gaps
You’re an entrepreneur, not necessarily a lawyer, accountant, HR professional or cyber security expert. We can identify the specialists you need to cover the bases. For example, a business attorney can help you determine the type of business best suited to your plan from among choices such as sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, S corporation or limited liability company (LLC). They can also provide guidance on local, state and federal requirements.
Do your homework
Reading and researching forums and blogs are other ways to inform yourself about best practices in launching a business, but it can be a tedious process and sometimes difficult to identify reliable information.
Mapping Your Strategy
Among your growing resources – your personal board, networking, research, our advisors – you can begin to outline your road to business ownership. Here are some basic steps in putting plans to paper – or laptop.
We can help you get there
As a business owner, you may aspire to expand your company or acquire new equipment. Make your dreams a reality with our flexible financing options for businesses.Learn More about business financing options.
Growing Your Business
A precise and well-researched strategic plan serves as a blueprint for your company's growth, providing a benchmark from which you will move forward.Learn More about growing your business