By JennyTB Chambrot
How to Get a Business License
Apply for state and federal business licenses, as well as specialized permits, to ensure that your company is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
By JennyTB Chambrot
OverviewEvery type of business, including home-based operations, requires a license. Without one, you put your company in jeopardy and can incur costly fines. The type of license and/or permit you need is dependent on what your industry is and where you are located, so you may need just one basic permit or a combination of federal, state and specialized permits. By accessing the United States Government’s business website, you can get all the information needed to navigate through the requirements and start your business.Step 1Go to Business.gov (see Resources) to determine your business licensing needs for your area.Step 2Click the “Register, Licenses & Permits” link on the right-hand side and then select the “Licenses & Permits” sublink that appears underneath.Step 3Enter your city and state or zip code and select your business type from the drop-down menu. Specialized operations including auto dealerships, child care services and restaurants require a special type of permit; otherwise, if your business does not fit these types of categories, select the “General Licensing” option. Click the “Search” button when ready.Step 4Review the resulting page and follow the links for “State Licenses and Permits.” Follow any instructions on your state’s website for applying for the license and any specialized permits required.skill1tipBefore starting a home-based business, find out your city’s zoning laws to ensure your operation will be in compliance with the rules set for your location.tipsBefore starting a home-based business, find out your city’s zoning laws to ensure your operation will be in compliance with the rules set for your location.keywordhome business business license business permitkeywordshomekeywordsbusinesskeywordsbusinesskeywordslicensekeywordsbusinesskeywordspermitResourcesresourceBusiness Licenses and Permits | Business.govresourceU.S. Small Business Administration
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