Excite Tools
Advertisement
Search/Tools  Yellow Pages    White Pages  Maps/DirectionsSmall BusinessClassifieds
2TORIAL
Learn2 Obtain a Business License
(4 steps)
Licensed to sell

The best thing about obtaining a business license is that it can be quite simple. The worst thing is that it can be quite complicated. While the application process is generally standard in all U.S. cities and counties, it varies slightly according to location and business type. The smartest move you can make is to do all your homework ahead of time and play by the rules.

This 2torial outlines some general guidelines for obtaining a U.S. business license. Apply them to your specific situation, and you should have a smooth journey to legitimacy.
The best thing about obtaining a business license is that it can be quite simple. The worst thing is that it can be quite complicated. While the application process is generally standard in all U.S. cities and counties, it varies slightly according to location and business type. The smartest move you can make is to do all your homework ahead of time and play by the rules.

This 2torial outlines some general guidelines for obtaining a U.S. business license. Apply them to your specific situation, and you should have a smooth journey to legitimacy.


Before you begin

Obtaining a business license typically requires some paperwork, patience (the whole process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days), and money (fees will vary depending on your location). Make sure you fill out all the forms completely, as cities and counties need this information before issuing the appropriate permits. If you leave any gaps, you'll simply delay the process of getting licensed, as your application will be returned--and you may have to begin anew.

Note: If you'll be operating your business from home, you're generally still required to obtain a business license. Talk to an accountant or a local Small Business Association branch about how your business is set up and what licensing procedures you need to go through (and when).
   Go to Step 1 of 4


 Click here to email this page to a friend  

2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Assess zoning
Step 2:
Step 3: Obtain an application
Step 4: Complete the application

 2TORIAL NECESSITIES
A business license application
A general knowledge of zoning
Some patience
Optional:
A computer with Internet access

 OTHER 2TORIALS AND LEARNLETS
2torials:
Learnlets:
Autos
Travel
Business
Autos
Travel