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As Easy as 1,2,3

Everything has its proper order . . . especially the steps to starting a business.

This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

The year 2000 was a good year for Joshua Feinberg, an IT consultant in West Palm Beach, Florida. A flurry of Y2K projects and other work led to "a tremendous year," he says.

But there was a problem: Feinberg had established his business two years earlier without the help of an accountant, and money matters were suddenly an issue. Once he finally did meet with an accountant that December, he had to spend his New Year's Eve running around to mail an application for a new tax plan that would save him several thousand dollars. Everything worked out, but he could have saved time and money by getting it right the first time. "It would have been less of a panic," says Feinberg, 30. "It was kind of a last-minute stretch."

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