Over 30 million Americans own a business. Small businesses are viewed as a way for entrepreneurial individuals to devote their time and talents to a project they feel passionate about, as a way to take charge of your own schedule, and as a way to make additional income. Whether it is your side hustle or your full-time activity, doing things right can protect you and your family. The mechanics of starting a business can be overwhelming. Below is a checklist for things you need to know and how you can get started.