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So you want to own your own business? Call the shots? Be the boss? Your first and most important step is to make sure you have done your research. Take the time to evauate your present situation and actually write down your goals.
  • What are your reasons for going into business?
  • What skills do you have?
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • How can these be incorporated into a successful venture?

The employees at MESA Distributors combine over a hundred years of experience in the embroidery industry, in every facet from selling machines to running their own businesses. Our staff knows how to run an embroidery business from top to bottom, so we decided to bring you the benefit of our expertise!

Small Business Start-up Basics

Since you're here, we know your ready. One of the most comprehensive sources of information for the entrepreneur is the United States Small Business Administration. They have everything from planning and marketing, to legal, financing and tax issues for anyone wanting to start a small business. There's a step-by-step tutorial on writing a business plan and even a Startup Kit for the budding entrepreneur. That's just the beginning; the site is loaded with details on various regulations and links to all sorts of helpful services. In addition to doing general research, you'll also need to focus your efforts specifically on the embroidery industry.

Magazines

Impressions Magazine
This monthly publication provides news, "how-to" features and product information for executives and managers in the embroidery / monogram business.

Stitches Magazine
Stitches, the embroidery industry's voice and vision, provides embroiderers and decorators with the latest news, trends and insights, techniques and products.

Trade Associations

Embroidery Trade Association
ETA members are commercial embroiderers, suppliers to the industry, and others who have a keen business and professional interest in the application of business principles to the embroidery business. Members of ETA range in size from single person shops with single head machines to huge operations with many multiple head machines running multiple shifts.

Small Business Start-up Links

Embroidery Trade Association
ETA members are commercial embroiderers, suppliers to the industry, and others who have a keen business and professional interest in the application of business principles to the embroidery business. Members of ETA range in size from single person shops with single head machines to huge operations with many multiple head machines running multiple shifts.

Entrepreneur.com
Tons of great information on how to get started in starting your own business.

SBA | Small Business Association
Everything from planning and marketing to legal and tax issues for anyone wanting to start a small business.

Business Town
Another great site that covers every topic a small business start-up might need.

Texas Sales & Use Tax Forms
State of Texas Comptroller's list of sales and use tax forms, applications, and information.

CPA Tax Links
List of links to sales and use tax information for each state.

Internal Revenue Service
Lots of tax information, forms and start-up help.

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