So, I'm almost up and running.
I've got an office next to Shelley City Hall, a business phone number, a website , an email address, and almost everything else I need to get started.
I'm still waiting on my desk (it's in the mail), internet access (useless to set up before I have a desk, and I'm hoping to find a better deal in the next few days), and, most importantly, clients.
So far, my office is the only one occupied in my building. The office is tiny, but it has a walk-in closet (where I'll put my filing cabinet, which I plan to pick up today, and that already has a built-in bookshelf). It's the first office you see as you come in the front door. Right across from my office is a nice conference room, which I'll share with others in the building. The going price for the office was $200/month, but I talked the landlord down to $150.
Advertising costs are going to be pretty high--there's a weekly newspaper here in Shelley that I'll need to advertise in. I've bought banners to place outside the building, at least for a couple of months, to let people know that I'm there. I'm also joining the local Kiwanis club, offering to give free classes on Wills, etc.
Starting up a business is a lot of work, but it's a lot more fun than looking for a job.
If you know anyone in or near Shelley, send them my way.