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What Are The Legal Requirements For Starting A Business At Home?

As a home-based business, you will have certain legal requirements. It may be worth consulting a home business lawyer who can advise you about:

  • Deciding which form of business is best for you – sole proprietor, a corporation, partnership or limited liability company (LLC).
    • Check your legal tax requirements for your business set up.
    • Do you need to apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to start your business?
  • Home Business Legal RequirementsBusiness licenses and permits.
  • Whether you need an occupational license.
  • Whether you need to register for sales tax?
  • Choose, register and protect your business name.
  • Any zoning restrictions? Can you legally operate your work at home business?
  • Written agreements – partners, clients, subcontractors, etc.
  • Restrictions on the products or services you want to sell?
  • Employing staff? What are the legal requirements?

It may seem like a lot of work and red tape to set up a home business, but ensure you take the time to research and understand all the legal requirements and implications before you start your business. It will save you a lot of heartache later.

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