Computer Equipment - superfast/uber high memory laptop, external hard drive, laser printer, digital camera, laptop briefcase, optical mouse = approx. $2,500
Accounting Fees - I actually do this myself (saves major $$)
Insurance - errors and omissions policy, equipment policy, and liability policy = annual cost of approx. $1,750 (I also have mortgage disability and life insurance policies to supplement - think double the cost of of what I've listed here.)
Legal & Consulting Fees - $100 one-time registration fee with the state for name registration (dba); I used a free resource from the SBA for the rest of my needs and have created my own contracts (reviewed by a friend who is in contract law - bless those friends!)
Office Supplies - annual cost approx. $150 (lots of paper, and I have a problem with sharpies. :)
Pre-Opening Advertising - none; I've been blessed with good word of mouth advertising. I recently spent $900 for a professionally designed logo and letterhead, invoices, proposal, embedded artwork in PowerPoint, and two types of uploadable artwork files.
Printing - I've spent only $15 through vistaprint for my first set of 500 business cards (I used one of their generic logo styles for the first run.) It will cost a lot more when I start using my own artwork but I intend to do only small batches as I do most of my work via email/web.
Don't forget about cell phone/blackberry costs (mine are quite high), virus protection subscrtiptions, tax submssion costs (I use turbotax and business filing can run to $100), etc. It's the incidentals that will get you!
This is just what I was looking for! This will be really useful in my start-up estimates. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. If you don't mind, I might have some additional questions to bounce of you sometime if you wouldn't mind. Thanks again.
I started with my laptop ($800)
Biz cards ($30)
Membership in Hispanic chamber of commerce ($250)
Membership in Phoenix chamber of commerce ($450)
Invitation to join BBB ($400+)
Networking event fees for first year ($150) Attended mostly free ones
Cell phone fees
AAGP dues ($125)
Registration with the state ($100) I don't remember exactly.
Accountant to do my taxes ($125)
QuickBooks Pro Nonprofit ($65) gifted by a nonprofit that I write grants for
I don't spend anything on marketing. I get all my work from word of mouth or from people I meet at networking events.
I don't print anything unless I need to deliver a grant. I keep EVERYTHING on a flash drive. Be sure to do a backup on your laptop.