This is a Texas specific book on how to start a business. This is part of the Smart Start series which have been put out for all 50 states and it comes with a CD loaded with sample forms, checklists, business plans, and letters tailored for the Lone Star state.
The set lists local, state and federal agencies that can help you start a business in Texas. It also offers a wealth of information and statistics such as population, median income, consumption rates, business grants and incentives, industry trends as well as essential information for start ups such as taxation, employer responsibilities, business name selection, permits and licensing, etc…
Most impressive was the informative given in the Choice of Legal Entity chapter, such critically important information is sadly most often lightly brushed on or completely left out of most small business books. After that chapter, my favorites were: Initial Business Concerns, Sources of Business Assistance, Business Start-Up Details, Your Business' Structure, Your Smart Business Plan, and Obtaining the Financing You Need.
Unfortunately, I found the Marketing chapter to be quite superficial with hardly any information on using the internet as a marketing tool, and the chapter on Setting up your Office didn’t offer any advice on tax deductions. The Insurance chapter failed to mention errors and omissions insurance and fobbed the reader off with a statement that liability insurance is beyond the scope of the book and you should consult with an agent.