Examples of checklists for starting a business are on SBA.gov and SmallBizTrends.com. An additional checklist with points relating specifically to registering for and filing taxes is located at IRS.gov.
One common item on small business checklists is determining the demand for the business and whether it is likely to be viable. Other necessary items include creating a business plan, choosing a location for the business and securing a loan or other source of funds. New business owners also need to register a business name and create a financial plan for the business. Some also benefit from including business training or classes on their checklist.