What do I need to do to start my at home business?

What kind of licenses, business entity, etc?

Asked on September 19, 2013 under Business Law, California

Answers:

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The answer really depends upon where you live, what kind of business you are starting up, and whether you will have employees.

Some cities require that you get a business license, even for at-home businesses. Some kinds of businesses require special licenses or permits. Zoning laws prevent certain types of businesses from operating in certain locations.

Forming a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership is a good idea for some businesses but not for others. You may need insurance for your business.

A good source of information is the Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov). You may also want to speak to a local attorney who represents small businesses. 

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The answer really depends upon where you live, what kind of business you are starting up, and whether you will have employees.

Some cities require that you get a business license, even for at-home businesses. Some kinds of businesses require special licenses or permits. Zoning laws prevent certain types of businesses from operating in certain locations.

Forming a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership is a good idea for some businesses but not for others. You may need insurance for your business.

A good source of information is the Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov). You may also want to speak to a local attorney who represents small businesses. 


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