We have lots of books specific to starting certain kinds of business (for example, starting a pet business or a home-staging business), perfect if you’re looking for a single comprehensive guide in your chosen field. Now the Canada Business Ontario website has done something similar for regulatory requirements. Their How to Start a… website outlines the licences, permits and registration requirements for thirteen different business types, from a B&B to an Event Planning service. Some of the information provided is common to every business – taxation, bookkeeping, financing, etc., but other categories relate to the specific type listed. For example, How to Start a Restaurant or Catering Business in Ontario talks about food safety, liquor licences, smoking and more.
The How to Start… page is a good place to start – you may find a detail you overlooked – and when starting your own business, every little bit helps!