There are, unfortunately, many ways to go wrong with a new business in Pennsylvania. Anything you can do or learn about how to make your business a success, especially within the first few years, can be incredibly beneficial. One of the best ways to help ensure your business does well is to learn from others. Discovering mistakes other new business owners made can help you to avoid them.

 Forbes notes that there are quite a few missteps that you could take with a new business and many of them are legal aspects. A lot of the mistakes also occur before you ever open your doors.

 One thing that will sink your business fast is not getting the permits and licenses that you need. You have to check into these or you will never be able to make your first sale. You may also face fines and penalties if you try to operate without them.

 Another issue is getting everything ready to open, including marketing materials and signage, and then finding out that you cannot use the name you have chosen. You have to carefully research your business name to be sure it is available and that you can use it legally.

Lastly, make sure that you choose the right business entity. While you can make changes once your business is up and running, it is much easier to start out with this already in place and ready to go. This information is for education and does not constitute legal advice.