http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/rss/13571/feed en Arts and crafts business help! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/arts-and-crafts-business-help Hello! I'm an artist and jewelry maker in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I've been interested in starting my own small business selling my art and jewelry that I make. I've been getting some mixed information on this. I'm not sure what kind of permits and licenses I need. I've also been told that since I make everything in my home and sell mostly online, that I don't need to apply for anything. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/arts-and-crafts-business-help#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:28:29 +0000 husslindsey 1099721 at http://www.sba.gov/community LLC help! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/llc-help This is a great resource for small business novices like myself. I have searched, but could not find the answer to the following issue. I recently started an informational research website that, in essence, is my small business. I created an LLC in Colorado to protect the business. Here's my stupid question: how do I associate the two? Can I list the website as an asset? Where would I do this? The articles of organization don't seem to be the appropriate place. Thanks for any direction, Henrik http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/llc-help#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:03:49 +0000 GFR 1094441 at http://www.sba.gov/community Anyone have an Idea for Startup a business? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/anyone-have-idea-startup-business <p>I have started affiliation programs so I need some advise how to start and manage what kind of steps should focus? I am already running designing and development agency: <strong>Socialbullets</strong> But I have no idea about affiliation! Please help</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/anyone-have-idea-startup-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:11:50 +0000 socialbullets 1099351 at http://www.sba.gov/community Starting a Business in the US as a Foreign National http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-us-foreign-national Hello, I am interested to open a branch of my company in US and before contacting professional that could assist me I would like to have a general idea on the steps and requirements that I must fulfill. I saw from older posts that there was a blog available with those infos but it seems the link it does not work anymore. Any suggestion is very helpfull! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-us-foreign-national#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:20:24 +0000 cesare 1097801 at http://www.sba.gov/community Prepaid Cellphone business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/prepaid-cellphone-business <p>Hello,</p> <p> </p> <p>I was wondering if anyone was in the pre-paid cell phone business.  How do you enter this market?   Are there any wholesale suppliers of cell phones?  Is anyone able to provide guidance on this subject?</p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/prepaid-cellphone-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 23 Jun 2009 05:07:54 +0000 aperionvi 73161 at http://www.sba.gov/community Dental Hygienist doing substitute work - self employed? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/dental-hygienist-doing-substitute-work-self-employed <p>Hi,</p> <p>My question is why a dental hygienist is considered self-employed or an independent contractor?  It seems to me this is a gray area.  We cannot work without a dentist and his office, tools, and patients.  He directs the process of the day as well as start and stop times.  Yet, they pay us with a personal check and pass the tax liability onto the substituting hygienist.  Can you help me understand why I am not an employee?  Would it be beneficial  to start my own business to ease the tax burden or would it just increase my tax liability?</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Loribeth</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/dental-hygienist-doing-substitute-work-self-employed#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 26 May 2010 15:12:46 +0000 loribeth 76611 at http://www.sba.gov/community Artist and small business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/artist-and-small-business I am an artist, a craftsman, a maker. I am also trying to become a business owner, or more an artist who lawfully makes a living. Through my research I realize that I am at the caliber of a sole proprietor, but when I research further, I am stunted by the limited options for finding forms. As an artist trying to make a living of my work, I feel unaccepted into the eyes of a search engine. I have to apply for certain forms and research under CA law, but when they ask what kind of business I am, I can't even apply anything close to what it is that I do in order to find the correct forms. Does anyone out there have any idea on how I should continue? I want to do my work legally, and sell, I even have a whole sale opportunity that is about to hit but, but I want to make sure all my tax info is alined with my business info... What should I apply for, where do I start? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/artist-and-small-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:14:53 +0000 RusitcThreadsFiberStudio 1093751 at http://www.sba.gov/community Fabricating business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/fabricating-business First off, my name is Jeff and i reside in Illinois. I'm looking for information on starting a small fabrication company. Right now i work out of my garage and have a steady stream of business and reliable customers. I constantly get suggestions and offers to advertise and promote my business and the work i do. Here is where I'm confused, I run out of my garage since most things i do are relatively small and I'd like to keep it that way due to overhead cost for now. (eventually move into a bigger shop). I am the only one involved in the company and i currently have a full time job. This is just what i like to do on the side for extra money. I have a few companies looking to do contracts with me and i feel the need to do this the "legal" way. I'm trying to make sure i do what is right to cover myself and help my company grow instead of being shut down. I don't know if it is possible to obtain a LLC for my company since it is out of my garage, and if i do obtain one, what is next? Who should i talk to, any other advice one might have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/fabricating-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:08:50 +0000 Joos27 1097441 at http://www.sba.gov/community Starting a small business with a non US citizen. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-small-business-with-non-us-citizen I'm interested in opening a small business with a family member who is not a US citizen, what are my options? I was born in America, but also have dual citizenship with Italy. I would like to open a small business with my cousin, an Italian citizen who lives in Italy.  Is there any way to open a business with him, and also give him the opportunity to come and work with me? Can he receive any government aid in opening this small business? I see so many people who come from other countries and open businesses in America very quickly, surely there must be a way for us to do the same. Can someone give me any information regarding opening a business as a non US citizen or direct me to this information? Thank you very much. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-small-business-with-non-us-citizen#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:27:25 +0000 JohnCP 1097121 at http://www.sba.gov/community Which Business License for an Internet Business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/which-business-license-internet-business <p>Hello fellow entrepreneurs..</p> <p> </p> <p>I am starting an internet business. It's an LLC registered in Delaware.</p> <p> </p> <p>I dont have a physical store anywhere, but the website will sell products to customers across the united states (not just Delaware).</p> <p> </p> <p>My question is:</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>What type of business license should I apply for that will allow me to sell my products to customers in other states?</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks for your answers in advance!</p> <p> </p> <p>J</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/which-business-license-internet-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:27:52 +0000 Jayonline 74251 at http://www.sba.gov/community Do I need a business license for my ebay and amazon stores? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/do-i-need-business-license-my-ebay-and-amazon-stores Hi, I list items from my ebay account, as a side job, but I'm interested in developing it into a business. I'd also like to create and sell through an amazon store as well. Do I need to obtain a business license for this? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/do-i-need-business-license-my-ebay-and-amazon-stores#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:16:08 +0000 lumina1 281071 at http://www.sba.gov/community How can a foreigner do business in the USA? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-can-foreigner-do-business-usa Hi All! I am someone from overseas interested in opening an e-commerce business in the usa. Currently I run an online business in the UK and would love to open one in Amercia. Any advice on how to do this? Thanks! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-can-foreigner-do-business-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 21 May 2014 23:03:58 +0000 gillzilla 847041 at http://www.sba.gov/community OPT student wants to open design studio in USA http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/opt-student-wants-open-design-studio-usa Hi, I'm student and I'm in the OPT period right now started this month, I need to know, Can I open a own company ? if yes, What is all the requirements list and coasts ? what type of company is correct ??, (( it's gonna be visual design studio that produce graphics )) when the OPT expires, Can I continue running my business or I will have to leave USA ? should I apply for another type of visa if I opened my own business ? what kind of visa and what is the requirements list and coasts ?? Can I work by myself ? with no hiring, it's art and related to my degree but I can't afford hiring at the beginning ! Do I have to do all requirements or I should hire a lawyer ??! Thanks so much http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/opt-student-wants-open-design-studio-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:53:28 +0000 Melzahar 1090631 at http://www.sba.gov/community Single Member C Corp - Computer Field http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/single-member-c-corp-computer-field In the book "Inc. Yourself", it mentions, "If you work in the computer field, current IRS regulations do not permit you to have a one-person corporation."; is this still the case? If this is the case: Does anyone know which regulation this is referring to? What is the intent of this regulation? Thanks! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/single-member-c-corp-computer-field#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:20:30 +0000 EmpireJones 1091221 at http://www.sba.gov/community cost to start a eCommerce store http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/cost-start-ecommerce-store How much money dose it cost to open a small eCommerce store from your home? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/cost-start-ecommerce-store#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:44:30 +0000 justin wright 1090241 at http://www.sba.gov/community Small business consultant http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/small-business-consultant-0 I am looking for advice. I want to start a company (small business financial consultant). My concern is credentialing and experience. I have my B.S in accounting and finance and MBA/ Finance. I have never held employment in this field. All my knowledge is from personal experience and education. I considered studying and taking my CPA to make me more creditable, ,but again sure The lack of experience may deter potential clients. Can anyone offer advice as to how I should proceed in terms of gaining experience? (I am working a full time job in a non-related field). http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/small-business-consultant-0#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:41:26 +0000 Lashaunda23 1094531 at http://www.sba.gov/community Lawyer or accounting http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/lawyer-or-accounting Is it smart to get a lawyer in a start up process for a restaurant and if it is can I get some info for some affordable ones in the Livonia, Michigan area? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/lawyer-or-accounting#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:10:40 +0000 acarter001 1090991 at http://www.sba.gov/community Confused on proper paperwork and steps to create a NFP Organization. HELP PLEASE!!! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/confused-proper-paperwork-and-steps-create-nfp-organization-help-please Hi there. I am trying to start a donation based organization in my area that will help families in need of baby and essential items. I plan to package these in a box and hand deliver them to their residence. I have filed for a EIN, and have an application to reserve a name in the state of Illinois but I have no clue what else I need to file in order to have tax exempt status, and make sure that my company is recognized properly. no offense but legal zoom made it super easy to do the steps but also was going to charge me over 700$ to file everything. Ridiculous. I have heard I need to make my company possibly LLC? is this true? and Why? Also, how do I keep my business NFP, tax exempt and legit while paying an employee to help run things? Any constructive advice would be greatly appreciated. I truly want to help others but I want to be in line with the laws as well. Thanks http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/confused-proper-paperwork-and-steps-create-nfp-organization-help-please#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:42:04 +0000 servis17 1094501 at http://www.sba.gov/community Sandwich cafe http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/small-business-events/sandwich-cafe I have been thinking a lot lately about opening a small sandwich cafe. I have no experience in running a business its just something I really want to do. I love cooking but I know there's more to running a business then my love for cooking. I need some information on where to start, how long of a process it is, start up cost etc. any information would be greatly appreciated. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/small-business-events/sandwich-cafe#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:09:54 +0000 mdhicks25 1089961 at http://www.sba.gov/community NON EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/non-emergency-medical-transportation-business <p>I want to start a non emergency medical transportation business in california. I need step by step&nbsp; advice and directions and a business plan sample to start. Any information will be greatly appreciated.</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/non-emergency-medical-transportation-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:34:47 +0000 patrickhunter 104251 at http://www.sba.gov/community Personal training company http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/personal-training-company <p>Hi,</p> <p>I want to open my own personal training company. I want to have it be a company where I go to the clients houses and train them there as well as take them to various gyms. I do not want to work for any particular gym. I want to know what permits and what not I need to start this company but I don't know where to start. My personal training company would be located in Broward County, Florida. I want to get a few gym memberships and buy some supplies for training. I don't know where to start. Any advice would be great!</p> <p>Thanks in advance</p> <p>Brandon Z.</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/personal-training-company#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 27 Mar 2010 17:07:18 +0000 zeeblet01 75971 at http://www.sba.gov/community apartment complex http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/apartment-complex I am interested in building or purchasing apartment complexes. Any suggestions on how to start? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/apartment-complex#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:58:11 +0000 sblue 544121 at http://www.sba.gov/community Starting an organic plant business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-organic-plant-business Hello, I am seeking information and guidance on how to start an organic plant business. I am considering beginning with a home based, e-commerce business, then hopefully expanding. I am interested in opening a local greenhouse at some point which could potentially supply seedlings to other local greenhouses while continuing to supply organic, non-GMO, heirloom, and unique flower and vegetable plants locally and online. I am aware that most of the local greenhouses in my area do not supply online customers. I am also aware that they order their seed trays (seedlings) from a greenhouse many miles away. It seems there would be a market in my area to supply the local businesses with seed trays creating a more convenient resource for them. I am also interested in beginning a community garden as a side aspect in order to connect with my community and supply a resource for growing healthy food to those who do not have the capability to garden in their own yards. This could also encompass a community outreach for food pantries and homeless shelters. I also feel it would be beneficial to also include the local schools in order to expose children to the knowledge of growing their own healthy food. I have limited space at my residence, so I suspect I need to consider buying property and starting the greenhouse at another location; therefore, home-based may be unreasonable. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Jody http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-organic-plant-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:42:08 +0000 joanmuriel.dream 1090271 at http://www.sba.gov/community selling handmade jewelry http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/selling-handmade-jewelry What are the laws in California that govern selling handmade jewelry? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/selling-handmade-jewelry#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:04:29 +0000 rvr321 371361 at http://www.sba.gov/community Starting Small Business Guidance http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-small-business-guidance Hello, I am looking at the starting point of creating my own business. I would like to have a dance fitness studio in South Carolina. I would like to know how others have created their small business furthermore, the order they followed. I have good credit, available credit cards and some savings. However, I am a little lost in the process I must follow. Do I have to register my business before finding a place or do I find and establish the place and then register before operations? Can anyone help me with guidance? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-small-business-guidance#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 30 May 2014 01:13:15 +0000 robleslove77 967141 at http://www.sba.gov/community Seeking Mentorship for New Technology Business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/seeking-mentorship-new-technology-business My name is J. A. Rodriguez and I am the owner and CEO of Robro Industrial Technologies LLC in Buford, GA. The premise of my company is to innovate and develop or improve mechanical and electromechanical components, assemblies, subassemblies, and software. The company is designed to serve a wide variety of industries. Right now, my company consists of myself and my father who is an engineer. We have accrued the appropriate business licenses and are in the process of purchasing computers, operating systems, and software development programs. We are predicting in 1 month we will begin seeking business. In the current, our plan is to approach individual businesses and present them with a product that improves their business. This phase of the company will allow us to experience several industries which will help us develop better products and expand our business. I foresee the company growing significantly and imagine the company consisting of departments specializing in specific industries and develop products specific to that industry. The management design is styled after the project management platform. The company is designed to inspire innovation and attract creative minds. What I am seeking is a mentor to help me guide the company through the initial stages, grow the company, attract investors, and develop the business. I look forward to hearing insight, experiences, and any knowledge you care to share. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/seeking-mentorship-new-technology-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:26:09 +0000 Robro Industrial Technologies 1090901 at http://www.sba.gov/community Well I am here now to ask if anybody has heard of this and what should I do first? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/well-i-am-here-now-ask-if-anybody-has-heard-and-what-should-i-do-first I got this equipment just this year from Axis Capital Group,it is about half a year old, so I have a question about it. Now that Jakarta’s economy is in the process of laying off, my plan is to get a loan to pay off the lease and then sale the equipment, then what I get from the sale I was going to put back on the loan. Well I am here now to ask if anybody has heard of this and what should I do first? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/well-i-am-here-now-ask-if-anybody-has-heard-and-what-should-i-do-first#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:02:54 +0000 arjunsharma11 1088971 at http://www.sba.gov/community Mobile App Development Business Advice for New Entrepreneur http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/mobile-app-development-business-advice-new-entrepreneur Greetings, I have been developing iOS apps for the past two years under my dad's name. I recently turned 18, so I decided that I want to officially start a business selling my apps. I have been overwhelmed by all of the information on sba.gov, and I'm afraid that in the process of starting my business I might miss something important or do something illegal. I would greatly appreciate any and all advice that you could give me for registering and getting my business up and running. I already have my apps created and can manage all of the technical stuff (getting apps on the app store; building a website for marketing), but I'm totally lost when it comes to the legal stuff. How can I get a business name and copyright/trademark/protect my name and products? I am a resident of Minnesota, but I want to sell my apps internationally on all of Apple's app stores. How am I affected by taxes? For that matter, how do I file taxes? I've never done taxes before! I know that all of this information is available on sba.gov, I'm just having difficulty pulling it all together and figuring out how it applies to my situation. I really appreciate the advice that any experienced entrepreneurs can give me. Thank you so much for your time! John http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/mobile-app-development-business-advice-new-entrepreneur#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 04 Jan 2014 23:29:48 +0000 JWVincent 784431 at http://www.sba.gov/community Looking for advice from those who take their business to people's homes http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/looking-advice-those-who-take-their-business-peoples-homes Hi and thanks for reading this! I am trying to fill out the Certificate of Assumed name for NYS to get my business name registered, but wanted to make sure I'm doing it right. I assume "real name of entity" is me, but the the "fictitious name of foreign entity," does that refer to me going by another name as well? More importantly, I guess the "principal place of business" would be my home address,but here's my problem: ADDRESS OF EACH LOCATION, INCLUDING NUMBER AND STREET, IF ANY, OF EACH PLACE WHERE THE ENTITY CARRIES ON, CONDUCTS OR TRANSACTS BUSINESS IN NEW YORK STATE. My business is one that I'd take to people's homes. I do not know who my clients even are yet, and I wouldn't be asked to give out people's home addresses, would I? I assume speech therapists, landscapers etc. who travel to people's homes are in a similar boat? Anyone who could offer me any advice would be SO much appreciated. Thank you! Karen http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/looking-advice-those-who-take-their-business-peoples-homes#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:37:54 +0000 kaz854 1089311 at http://www.sba.gov/community I need advice on opening a rather large business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/i-need-advice-opening-rather-large-business My dream has always been to have my own business and nothing fits me better than a indoor facility/gym. I want to have a place that athletes can come and get some work in and also an area where others can come and get a good workout it. It would be a pretty large place and I have no idea how I would ever start without being in debt forever. I need advice! Please and thank you in advance!! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/i-need-advice-opening-rather-large-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:07:42 +0000 agallman5 1089771 at http://www.sba.gov/community