View Full Version : Obtaining a business license and other information

03-22-2004, 06:19 PM
Hello Everyone...

I hope that it is okay to post this here.

I would like more information on how to obtain a business license and other information. I am trying to start my own business. I want to do it legally. I want to register my business. I also want to donate a certain percentage of every sale to the American Cancer Society.

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Sparky /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

03-23-2004, 10:50 AM
If you plan on opening a small home business asa Sole Proprietor, it may be as simple as registering a Trade Name (also known asa DBA-'doing business as') with your county and getting a State tax ID number. Every state is different, but generally it works like this:

Go to Staples or Offic Depot and buy a "Trade Name Certificate". This is a spoecific form you need to fill out and file with the County Clerk. Next, call the County Clerk where the Bbusiness is located and ask what the procedures/fees are. Then, file for a State Tax ID number. If you plan on having employees, you need a Federal E.I.N. Tax ID, otherwise the State one is fine.

Last, take your executed Trade Name certificate and go open a businees checking account. The costs are modest and it makes your business seem more legit because if someone writes you a check in the Businees name, it can be deposited with out it turning into a run around. Also, it separates your personal savings from the business money which is a good thing too.

That's it in a nutshell. There are more details, but this will get you up and running, for now.


03-23-2004, 04:27 PM
Thanks Eric...

I appreciate your advice. Does this apply to online businesses too? I do not have a store front or anything.

Take care,
Sparky (Erik)

03-23-2004, 07:06 PM
It should apply to mail order because as a legit business, you'll have to pay taxes on what you earn. Also check with an accountant and attorney for filing fictitious names.

DG - been so long since I did it, I forgot what all to do

03-23-2004, 08:30 PM
Sparky, I don't think you need a business license. I mean the Candle idea is so out-dated, 60-ish, or 70-ish, that I'm sure the statute of limitations, or is that statue of imitations, has already expired.
But you have a good idea, donating a % of your profits, to charity.
I've decided to cut out the middle man, and every time, I'm even tempted to buy a candle, I'll put aside something for charity...so far I've "raised" $.75
But, I'm praying for you to "make it"...next time I go to church, I may even lite a candle for you