Startup Costs

Start A Publishing Business

Startup Costs

Wondering how much it costs to start a publishing business?

  • The minimum startup costs for a publishing business: $7,041
  • The maximum startup costs for a publishing business: $47,097
  • The average startup costs for a publishing business: $27,144

Here's a detailed list of a publishing business startup costs:

Retail Business Expenses

If you plan to have a brick & mortar location for your publishing business, you must weigh the costs of your rent, as it may be the most expensive part of running your business.

Rent costs for your publishing business very much depends on your location. This cost will vary by both region and specific areas of town: a lease in the heart of Manhattan could cost over $80,000/month in rent. Meanwhile, a storefront lease in Florida or Tennessee could cost less than $1,000/month.

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
POS System $0 $1,200

Business Formation Fees

There are a few key costs associated with forming your business entity, such as setting up an LLC and getting trademarks, copyrights, and patents sorted.

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Small Business Insurance $500 $2,000
Permit and License Fees $50 $700
Trademarking $0 $700
Lawyer Fees $0 $1,500
A Patent ➜ $5,000 $15,000
Set up business: LLC & Corporations $50 $500

Software Expenses

Your publishing business needs software to run efficiently!

Why spend money on software? Because it can help you save time and automate certain parts of the business, so you can focus on the most important matters. Software and technology can help you grow your business, and save you from expensive personnel costs.

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Design Programs & Software $0 $50
Email marketing tool $0 $100
IT Support ➜ $150 $2,000
Accounting & Invoicing Software $0 $50
CRM Software ➜ $12 $300
Project Management Software $0 $25
Internal Communication Tool $0 $20
Social Media Management Tools $0 $50
Payroll Software $0 $200
Online data storage $0 $299

Office Space Expenses

It will be your call to determine if you need office space. It is not a requirement but may be necessary as your publishing business grows.

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Rent ➜ $500 $5,750
Utility Costs For Office Space ➜ $200 $1,150
WiFi & Internet ➜ $50 $100

Employee & Freelancer Expenses

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Payroll Costs & Fees ➜ $150 $250
Employee Hiring Expenses $1 $2
Employee Rewards ➜ $0 $100

Website Costs

Every business should have a website, and it's worth spending a bit of money to set it up right.

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Website Builder ➜ $10 $500
Web Design ➜ $200 $6,000
A Domain Name ➜ $12 $200
Business Email Hosting Service ➜ $1 $15
Website Hosting Costs ➜ $80 $300
Website & Live Chat Tool $0 $200

Other Expenses

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Travel $0 $1,500
Time! $0 $500

Advertising & Marketing Costs

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Business Cards $0 $50
Networking Membership Fees $0 $250
Business Signage ➜ $75 $2,486
Direct Campaigns, Printing and Mailing $0 $300
Influencer Marketing $0 $750
Press $0 $500
Google Ads $0 $300
Facebook & Instagram Ads $0 $350

Training & Education Expenses

Cost Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Professional Training $0 $850