Obtain a business license.

To legally operate your business, you need to be licensed.Failure to comply with the licensing rules can have serious consequences.Getting a business license is not very time consuming.

Step 1: Determine where to apply for a business license.

You will need a license from the city in which you intend to operate your business.You need to get a license in the place where your business address is located if you want to operate from home or rent office space.Every city has a database with addresses in it.You can search online for your city’s name and business license.The US Small Business Administration’s website has the right information for you.The SBA has a lot of information on everything from rules and regulations to how to name your business, so whether you are starting a business or a new venture, the SBA can give you all the information you need.The page on permits gives information on where to get a license, with details specific to your industry.

Step 2: Understand your business code.

You need to know the codes for different business types to get a license.Every city has its own set of requirements for different codes.If you want to start a corporation, you may not need a DBA at all.Your city will have a form for whatever you are looking for.You can find information on your city’s business license site.To use the SBA website, you’ll need to locate your state agency and narrow down your location by city or county.You may be presented with a list of links and information relevant to obtaining any of the licenses and registration you need to conduct virtually any type of business.

Step 3: You will need to fill out the forms.

You’ll be presented with an extensive list of business entity types for your state if you go directly to your city’s website or use the SBA as a resource.You can find the one that is most applicable to your needs.You can either download the forms from the site or pick them up at the City Hall.You may need to apply for permits specific to your situation if you don’t have a business license.You’ll need to make sure you get the required permits if you operate your business from home, plan to use hazardous materials, or sell food.To read any important information that may be presented along the way, follow the links to your form.

Step 4: You have to fill out the forms.

You can fill out the forms online or by hand.Some states will require you to create an account before you can perform these functions online.You will generally be required to provide the following information about your business, in addition to other information specific to the type of business you are operating.

Step 5: You should file your forms.

You can either use the online forms or mail them in to the finance department.Contact information for form submission will be on your city’s website.

Step 6: The filing fee is paid.

The filing fee that goes with your business license varies from city to city.Depending on the type of business you’re operating, it can range from $50 to $400.There could be a processing fee as well.

Step 7: Wait to get your license.

Depending on the type of business entity you are creating, the time it takes to process your license will vary.A DBA might take a few days, whereas a corporation could take weeks.The states will vary.In order to prove you are the business owner, you need to pick up your license in person.If the city already has your fingerprints on file, you may need to be fingerprinted.

Step 8: Follow the rules for your business.

It’s important to follow the rules laid out by your city for the type of business you’re operating.If you want to open a restaurant, be sure to get the required permits.According to your city’s laws, you’ll need to renew your business license.You will need to display your business license in some cities.Changes to the facts on your business license application need to be reported immediately.