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Topic: At what point do you need to get a Business License/Tax ID?  (Read 67072 times)
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« Reply #70 on: June 25, 2004 01:56:27 PM »

Hey Spork, I was running an online business in CA a few years ago (I recently moved to OR, and have to figure out what new state laws I have to deal with!).  I filed a fictitious business name statement with the state and county (Alameda) so that I could do business as Goblinko (if I had just done business under my legal name, I could have skipped this step).  I filed a partnership agreement with the secretary of state because Goblinko had four members - if it had been just me and my husband, I would have been the sole proprietor, and could have skipped that step as well.  I did not need a business license, because I did not have a physical store that customers could visit, but I did need to get a seller's permit from the state (the seller's permit number doubles as a resale number, and it allows you to skip paying sales tax on your materials).  I also had to get a separate Federal EIN since I was running a partnership, but again, you can skip this step if you run a sole proprietorship.

I would start with the CA EDD (Employment Development Department), they are incredibly helpful.  Just look up their number (they have lots of different ones, find the "small business" one) and call up and ask.

And good luck!

Huh.  I think this varies from state to state.  Here in VA, I had to file for a Home Occupancy License for my home-based business (no store--I do craft fairs and sell online), and then get a business license.  My advice would be for anyone with any doubts to check with their state.
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« Reply #72 on: July 01, 2004 06:32:37 AM »

Hi Everyone!

This is my first post, but I have been having a great time seeing what awesome stuff everyone here has done.  I am thinking of starting a small (just me) internet home-based business.  I have been trying to research how to get started, like business licenses and stuff.  I found that to start a business, you have to either create a corporation, or a "limited liability company" (LLC). (There may be some others- I'm not sure-but these were the major ones).  Anyway, it seems that there are different reasons for choosing different types of businesses.  I was wondering if there was anyone who has already done this or is also looking into it who could tell me what he or she has done or is planning to do, and what is better for an internet, rather than a physical, business.  It's all just very confusing. 
Thanks so much for your advice!

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« Reply #73 on: July 05, 2004 07:44:41 PM »

If you are starting a one-person small business, you will most likely want to choose the simplest business structure: sole proprietor. There are benefits and disadvantages to each structure (other common structures being the ones you named... LLC and Corporation) but it all depends on your situation. Some of the differences come in to play for issues such as personal liability and taxes.

Here is some good info on what it means to be a sole proprietor:


This site as a whole has a lot of information about the legal aspects of setting up a business. Good luck!

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« Reply #74 on: July 06, 2004 06:34:55 AM »

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« Reply #75 on: July 07, 2004 12:52:44 PM »

so, i was thinking of possibly starting an online shop--selling craft supplies, and some of my own handi-work--
and my friend said to me, "do you need a business lisence for that?" and well, i have no clue.
do i?

also, any good recommendations on books or sites that would help when starting your own online store? (sorry if this has been posted).

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« Reply #76 on: July 08, 2004 11:52:17 AM »

It depends on where you live. Where I live now I have to have one, the last place I lived all I had to do was register a business name. See if there is a local small business center near you, start looking at the community colleges. If not call your local tax office and they should be able to tell you or point you to the person that knows.

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« Reply #77 on: July 12, 2004 12:09:18 PM »

Cool. Thanks! i did some more searching around the boards and learned alot about this.

i'm going to have to look into the stuff you mentioned. i'm even thinking about taking a class on small business management or something.
we'll see.

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« Reply #78 on: July 14, 2004 07:30:00 PM »

hey all! i just joined craftster today, although i've been lurking around for quite some time...and i was wondering-

i've recently been working hard to start my own online store, and it came to mind that there were probably oodles of forms to fill out and/or taxes to pay....please tell me im wrong! Lips sealed

whee this is fun.
« Reply #79 on: July 18, 2004 02:33:03 PM »

hello everyone. im new. I just wanted to add my two cents. I recently registered my businesss name (i'm only 17). The business is in my name too! So it is possible to start a business as a minor...you just cant get a loan,checking account, or credit card in your own name.
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