Obtaining a Small Business License

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A small business license is based on the city, state and county of the business, and each of these will have different requirements for licenses, depending on the type of business. Find out how businesses that deal with food and chemicals will have to deal with more permitting and licensing with help from a general business counselor in this free video on getting a small business license.

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Obtaining a small business license. It is based on your locality, and so you have got city, and state, and county that you are located in. They are going to have different requirements, and depending on the type of business. If you are dealing with any kind of chemicals or food there is going to be more permitting and licensing requirements. Some type of businesses don't need a license at all. We have in North Carolina our Department of Commerce operates a call center where you can call this 1-800 number, and they will tell you. You say, "okay I am starting a hair salon in this county," and they will tell you what you need. So hopefully there is something nice like that where you can just find out what you need for your particular type of business. To register your business name you go to the register of deeds, and pay thirty-five bucks, and it is the same place you go to get a marriage license, and stuff like that. So different places you will probably have to run around to four or five different offices to get it all taken care of. You want to have a legal structure, and that is a whole different ball of wax. There you are choosing between a sole proprietorship, which is the simple and easy one that is pretty much just you. Everything flows right to your tax return. Or you can do a partnership, which is two or more people, but same thing. And then you start getting into corporations, which are separate legal entities from you. So you have got corporations, and an LLC, which is limited liability company, which exists separately from you. And then you have to file with that with the Secretary of State.

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