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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 13 Pap/Cdr edition (March 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413309321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413309324
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 20.6 x 26.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)


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Good examples. Fairly comprehensive. Good discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of forming a California corporation. The Corporate Tax section has some good pointers. Good writing style! It flows. But the diskette has only a fraction of the business and corporation related forms compared to "Small Busines Kit for Dummies". Overall, I recommend this book for a new commer. Well worth the money.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
excellent guidebook to corporation issues and how-to Aug. 9 2006
By David Martens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as a research tool before incorporating my business as a California C corp without any outside assistance last year. This was all I needed and used.

I read the book cover-to-cover, which did not take more than about 6 hours, and I felt very comfortable with the entire process. Like most Nolo books, this has a very readable style, with plenty of important information organized in a sensible manner. Even though the topic may not be entertainment reading, Mancuso makes the process very reasonable and I can't imagine another book doing it meaningfully better than this.

This book hits its target audience very well - someone who wants to know about the practical and procedural issues related to incorporation. As part of the responsibility of operating a business, any incorporator needs to know most of what is covered in this book. Even if you get someone to do the filing, any incorporator needs to know this stuff. Don't worry - it's not rocket science.

For a broader understanding of business issues, I found Nolo's other titles to be similarly excellent (their guide to california business and their guide to business deductions). Both cover related but different and important areas for new business owners. Read all 3 and you'll be set for general business issues.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
How to Form Your Own California Corporation (9th Ed) March 28 2000
By Thom Tu-Duc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good examples. Fairly comprehensive. Good discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of forming a California corporation. The Corporate Tax section has some good pointers. Good writing style! It flows. But the diskette has only a fraction of the business and corporation related forms compared to "Small Busines Kit for Dummies". Overall, I recommend this book for a new commer. Well worth the money.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource, easy to understand Oct. 5 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I wanted to incorporate my single-person consulting company. It took me a few hours to read this book (some sections didn't apply, but I still wanted to review them), and I felt very confident I could incorporate without a lawyer. I followed the instructions for forming a C Corp in California and used the forms provided in the CD-Rom. I delivered my forms in person to the LA regional office. Within 2 weeks, I received confirmation that my articles had been filed with the SoS of CA -- all for under $250 including the cost of the book. This compares to almost $1500 that most lawyers quoted me. I recommend this book highly but recognize that the process may be more challenging if you have many shareholders.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book! Warning for SoCal LLCs July 10 2012
By Adam F. Thurtell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is great, very clear, easy to read, and lays out the process step by step. I highly recommend it! I don't have anything to add that hasn't been said, EXCEPT:

LLC applicants in SoCal: you CANNOT reserve an LLC name in person at the Los Angeles Secretary of State!

The SOS does not announce this anywhere on their website, and the form itself, downloaded from the SOS site, directs you to file your LLC name reservation at the LA office. Since the SOS doesn't announce this, it's not in the book (but thru no fault of NOLO). I found out the hard way by schlepping to the SOS office, taking my number, sitting in a beat up dirty chair and waiting to be called, then being told that I'd have to file my reservation via mail.

I will post back if I run into further problems.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Was helpful while starting up my fiancé's business March 21 2012
By Timothy Lovett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
My fiancé owns an art class business where she goes from local venues and hosts art classes. One of the biggest problems with her business though was the fact she didn't really know the ropes to any of the business-related tasks she'd have to do starting a new business in California.

Trust me California is an odd place to start a business and the reality is the internet really doesn't give enough information to understand the rules and regulations around doing so. Not only that but since they try to tax everything here (well it feels that way) and government is so large in the state there are a lot of really odd regulations and permit requirements.

We found the book to be interesting and she mentioned it helped her find out information related to her business she otherwise would have no way of finding out.

I'm glad we got this book it was a huge help.

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