Hey all, just joined, seems like a great forum so far. I'm sure you hear this a lot, but I'm thinking of starting up a coffee shop. Just something smallish and personable where people can go to have some caffeine and a treat, surf the internet, read, listen to music, appreciate some art, whatever. I have a lot of ideas but I've never tried to start a new business alone before and I'm kind of lost about the steps I need to take to get things moving. I know I need to have some funding and a business plan, but that's about it. Can anyone help me out with everything else that I'm overlooking? Do I need to apply for an EIN? Do I absolutely need an attorney/accountant, etc? What's the average length of time from concept to opening doors? If you need to know anything else about my ideas to answer anything let me know and I'll tell you. Thank you.