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If you are planning on starting a business, there are a number of regulations in each state that you will need to conform to. Avoiding regulatory details, and ignoring proper procedure, can interrupt or stop the growth of your business. In addition, in the case of certain professionals, you will need a professional business license.
What Are Some Common Regulations when Starting a Business?
In most cases, the following is all you need to start a business:
- Zoning clearance for businesses using or selling hazardous substances
- If your business is something different than your personal name, you must register a fictitious business name -even the smallest business operations are required to register a fictitious name - you cannot get a merchant account till you get a fictitious business name or incorporate your business
- Federal Employer Number (FEIN) or a Federal Tax ID - you will need it if you have a corporation, have employees or you don't want to use your SSN to open a bank account
- In some states, like California, you are required to have a State Tax ID: EIN Employer ID - this is required if you pay any employee more than $100 per business quarter
- Resale License, also known as a Seller's Permit
- Wholesale License, which you need if you buy or sell wholesale, and you sell retail
- Business License, which you cannot operate a business legally without
Should I Contact a Business Attorney about Starting a Business?
If you are starting a business, or have started a business but may be lacking certain regulatory approval, the advice of a business attorney can be helpful in assessing what it is you need to do. Due to the complex nature of the law in this area, the counsel of a business attorney, with experience in starting businesses, can be extremely beneficial during the course of this procedure.
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Last Modified: 10-28-2011 02:06 PM PDT
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