Sample Estimate of Start-Up Costs

Undertaking an entrepreneurial venture, such as starting your own business, involves many obvious and some hidden costs. Filling out the following worksheet of common business start-up costs can help you estimate what your costs might be. This list is not exhaustive; do not forget to consider other costs that apply to your particular venture.

Rent $__________

Improvements/build-out $__________

Salaries/wages $__________

Payroll expenses $__________

Equipment leases (copiers, fax machines, telephone system, computer) $__________

Furniture $__________

Supplies $__________

Inventory $__________

Advertising $__________

Utilities $__________

Licenses/permits $__________

Insurance $__________

Accountant’s fees $__________

Attorney’s fees $__________

Other expenses $__________