en Looking for a local mentor / advice Hi everyone I have decided to try to transition a hobby into a business opportunity (for self employment purposes). All needed equipment is already in place. It will be a sole proprietorship, initially, but if I can grow it might become big enough to need employees and become incorporated. The parts I need help / advice with are: 1) What exactly do I need for licenses and where do I get them? I live in the county, on farm land and not within any city limits. (business is knife making) 2) Where can I find a listing of what is legal for sale / ownership in the various states and municipalities around the country? (or should I state up front that it is the customers sole responsibility to know their local laws?) 3) What shipping restrictions are there on knives and edged weapons? Thank you in advance for any responses Keith Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:59:39 +0000 RKeithS 1105801 at Question on Assumed Names Hello, I'm in the process of starting a new business venture and had a question on the name of the business and if it qualifies as an assumed name or fictitious name in Pennsylvania. The name I'm thinking on using is in the format of "BUSINESS NAME by FIRST NAME LAST NAME". I wasn't sure if this would be considered an assumed name since my name would be after the business name since most of the assumed named businesses I've seen have been in the format of "LAST NAME BUSINESS NAME". I've looked high and low and couldn't come up with a definitive answer so any assistance would be helpful. Thanks. Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:50:36 +0000 alorenz 1107201 at education website Hello everyone i decided to make educational website with education games, for example math games, biology games , chemistry games and so on i am waiting for good advices from members. Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:36:41 +0000 coolmath4kids 1105951 at How to start a new business..? Hi, I am newbie on this blogs and I hope there is many more experts here from whom I can get suggestions. for a new business what we need to care about, whats should be business strategies? Thanks in advance... Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:37:19 +0000 Reyana 1104781 at New Online Retail - Permits, Taxes Hello Everyone,This is a great site with a lot of resources and thank you for all of your help supporting beginner entrepreneurs like ourselves. So here is my situation. I am in the preparation process of my website to sell hookah (water pipe) and hookah tobacco (shisha) products. I will be importing the hookahs and accessories from Europe and I will be buying tobacco products from a distributor here in the U.S. I have already registered my LLC and I am in the process of getting my tobacco permit. The business will operate within Texas without any other physical presence in any other state. I will be selling all states within the U.S. I am not thinking about selling internationally at this time. Q1: My understanding is that I take all necessary actions to prevent anyone under 18 buying any of my products. I have already clearly stated that in my site and I have added a check box which states "I certify that I am 18 years or older." within the checkout page, therefore no sale possible if the buyer do not check this box. Do I need to do anything addition to all these? Q2: My understanding is that my business will be responsible for three different tax categories. Sales Tax, Tobacco Tax, and Texas Franchise Tax. I understand that I must apply Sales Tax (6.25%), and Tobacco Tax (calculated based on weight of tobacco) for all Texas residents. How would this calculation differ for any orders shipping outside of Texas? Q3: Texas Franchise Tax is calculated as 0.575% of profit made from the business. Does this tax applied to all sales regardless of destination, or only sales made to Texas residents? Q4: Is there any other tax or permit related items that I should know about? I do really appreciate your help with this. Thank you in advance. Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:32:40 +0000 ZiZiL 1106951 at Starting a website business Hello. I'm a freshman in high school and I'm starting my own website business so that I can get the money I need to buy my first car. The car I want for my first car costs roughly $20,000. But I have a few questions. Will I need to register my business and pay taxes? My largest website package costs $2,350 and my smallest is $485. Thanks, Garrett F. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 02 Jan 2014 04:31:01 +0000 fullergarrett 783891 at Looking To Start w/ 150k liquid I’m sure some of you have thought about the dream scenario where you inherit money and you get to start your dream business with it. I’m sort of living that dream, albeit with a smaller, but substantial bankroll. So I’d like to hear everyone’s ideas based on my situation. I’m 28 years old and currently a Credit Analyst with a strong finance background. I’m not very experienced in entrepreneurship but I’m also not a dummy. I know that it will take a ton of work and that there are plenty of risks. I have about 150,000 in cash/liquid stock, and about 60,000 in 401k and IRAs. I have zero debt. No house, no loans and I pay off my credit card every month. A couple of requirements I have for a business: I want to be able to quit my current job and be an owner/operator at the new place. I only want to manage a few employees. Ideally just myself and maybe 1 or 2 part timers. I don’t want anything involving making food (bars & restaurants), selling it is not a problem. So far I have decided that my best bet would be to buy an existing business or start a franchise. My current ideas are a franchise nutrition shop (GNC, Nutrishop), buy a Laundromat or a dry cleaner, buy a coffee shop/convenience store in a commercial building, start a franchise shipping or printing place (UPS Store), buy a vending/distribution route (I actually found one of these that claims it would produce livable income of 75k), and stock/forex trading. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:32:36 +0000 mliker27 1106651 at how to become an independent contractor for phlebotomy I'm a phlebotomist trying to become my own independent contractor. I currently work within a private doctors office, and I continuously hear my older clients say that they would love to have my services come to their homes, so I'm trying to find out if this is on option, but I don't know where to start. Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:27:27 +0000 Stephaniel0729 751933 at New way of thinking! <p>As an advocate for the American Diabetes Association and a diabetic myself, I want to start a business selling 'SUGAR FREE ICE CREAMS and ETC...' I am sure that it will make a big chain around the U.S and the world. Please comment!</p> Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 18 Mar 2009 18:21:11 +0000 Borntobusiness 72331 at Can I use variations for a DBA Hello, I'm located in California and trying to figure out if I need to register multiple DBAs or not since I have a few different areas of business (for a sole proprietorship). Can you register "ABC" DBA and then do business under "ABC design", "ABC photography" ABC..." or would you have to register all of these names separately? If you have multiple DBAs, do you also need to apply for a separate seller's permit and business licenses for each of these? Are you forced to open a separate business account under your DBA or can you still accept payments under your legal name? Thanks! Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:40:29 +0000 NC 1105231 at How can a foreigner do business in the 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! Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 21 May 2014 23:03:58 +0000 gillzilla 847041 at Minor starting business and FLSA Over the last two years, our 15-year old son has enjoyed making woodturned pens as a hobby and has even sold some of his pens to friends and family. He really wants to start his own business doing this, and he is very interested in managing as much of the business as he can and we'd really like to encourage his entrepreneurial spirit and help him. What is the best way to setup this business for him? We feel a sole proprietorship is the right way to go, but our county (in NY) will not let him establish the DBA, it has to be setup by one of us. Setting up the bank account seems to be the same way...has to be setup by a parent, though conceivably he could be a joint account holder. Getting the sales tax license is another piece, but since everything so far seems to be in a parent's name, presumably the sales tax license has to be as well? Is there any way for any of this to be in his name? Does doing it this way require the parent to be the owner and then he must be an employee hired by his parents? Or is there a way he can be the owner? We would like him to be able to contribute and withdraw funds from the company as an owner if possible rather than have him "on the W-2 payroll". The other thing we were concerned about were the child labor laws that say 15-year olds can't be employed in an occupation where they operate power-driven woodworking machinery. Reference section 570.34, section (m)(ii) of the following link - However, it appears that the Fair Labor Standards primarily apply to government agencies, hospitals, education, and enterprises that make more than $500k in sales. But it also says if you engage in interstate commerce, then you aren't exempt. Since he would be selling his pens online, does that mean that he is not exempt from FLSA? Do these laws apply when a minor starts their own business or do they only apply if the minor is an employee? We have seen other teenagers, some even younger than ours, running their own woodturning business like this, but after reading the link above, we were concerned that maybe he can't start this business at all (and we wonder how others have gotten away with it)? We truly want to do the right thing and we are interested in setting up the business in whatever legal way will give him the most responsibility for the operation of it (but we acknowledge that because he is a minor some things have to be in our names and our responsibility) and of course not put us in violation of child labor laws. He is very driven and entrepreneurial (not to mention extremely safe around his tools) and it would be an incredible disappointment to him if he can't pursue this. Thanks so much for your expertise and advice! Momma of an Entrepreneur Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:34:26 +0000 MommaOfEntrepreneur 1106401 at Automotive I was just curious if anyone on here has started their own Automotive Business. If so, wondering what it looked like for you, financially, and what steps you took to get where you are. Thanks! Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 21 Nov 2013 04:46:54 +0000 keeponbreakingme 764531 at Introduction and a quick question I'm looking to start a meadery in north Idaho. For those of you not familiar with mead, it's an alcoholic beverage with roots thousands of years old, spanning many cultures and continents. While most commonly associated with the Norse, it also has ancient roots in Ethiopia (called tej), east Asia, and others. The federal government considers it a wine for regulatory and licensing purposes, though it's a fermentation of honey, not grapes. The brewing process is far simpler than beer and wine (the latter is my opinion), though actual fermentation takes longer than both. It's not uncommon for some complicated recipes to ferment for several years, then age for nearly a decade. I won't start the meadery using such recipes, but may brew some as side batches down the road. The recipe I plan on using for the first several years is a much faster one - primary fermentation completes in about four months and it's immediately ready for bottling and sale. It's excellent without ageing, though it does improve with age, and I'm planning on a number of 'secondary fermentations' where the base mead is fermented again with fruits or spices to modify the character of the mead. Does the SBA consider a winery a 'manufacturing' business or is it classified some other way? Thanks, Les Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:37:42 +0000 LesBerg 1106641 at Taking Over Hello, Chris B. Here I am in construction (contractor) but I am looking to change Businesses. I have found an individual that is selling an established Pawn Brokerage business. I don't have the capital to buy outright and don't want the let this slip through my grasp, so any info would be very appreciated. The take over cost will be in the 125,000 range. Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:58:39 +0000 chrisbelin 1106571 at Sewing Decoration/Toys Products Hello, I am thinking of starting a (small) business to sew child room decoration items. Mainly, these items will be use for decoration purpose but some of them can also be manipulated by children, even if they're not real toys. Question: I will get all the materials from internet (fabric, foam, tags...). Do I need to provide my customers a certificate of safety (relative to children use) for every different material? For example, do I need to provide fire certificate for fabrics, showing that they resist fire hazard, etc... Even if I'm not the seller of these fabric? In other words, must I endorse responsibility of materials I will use? Note that these items will be handcrafted at my house (home business) in very small quantities (5/mo). This is absolutely not mass production. Also note that I will try to partner up with a local child products store and try to sell them through this store (limited supplies, of course). Thanks!! Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:51:16 +0000 VDE 776991 at Cleaning Commercial and Resdential Hi I am starting a cleaning business I have registered the business and I am creating my website now, but my struggle is HOW MUCH DO I CHARGE THE CLIENTS. I have heard some people charge by the hour and some by square footage. which is fine for me but i don't want to overcharge them as well over charging. I called locals in the area and for those that's whats to give a quote is by the hour. I have some apartments that being built and i would to see if i can get a contract for pre construction but dont know where to start. PLEASE ANYONE HELP!! THANKS!! Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:13:03 +0000 Franchesca2015 1106161 at Regulations apply to a company what are regulations apply to companies Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:36:38 +0000 emberfcompanynigeria 587131 at How to do business in internet casino? Hi What should I do to add a web casino which pays guy? I mean what kind of permits or licenses must be requested and to whom. It would be a website that deals in such awards 30% of gambling money. Is that feasible? Would it be profitable? Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:42:59 +0000 jennifers 783911 at How to Start an Online Business? I would like to start an online business. However i'm little bit confuse that how to start it and what are its procedure? Anyone can help me or provide guidance to start an online business? Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:06:29 +0000 Sastonepal 1105401 at I found a new inventory system that works very well I just opened a new store 3 months ago. As I was setting up my store, I was keeping track of my inventory through Excel. Just last month, I found this company called Bloomforth that offers a free inventory management for a small company such as mine. It also has a point of sale system that I use to keep track of what my more in-demand items are. Just wanted to share this information, I understand the difficulties of starting up a business. Best wishes! I just opened a new store 3 months ago. As I was setting up my store, I was keeping track of my inventory through Excel. Just last month, I found this company called Bloomforth that offers a free inventory management for a small company such as mine. It also has a point of sale system that I use to keep track of what my more in-demand items are. Just wanted to share this information, I understand the difficulties of starting up a business. Best wishes! Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:08 +0000 alexnarto 1106471 at starting a home based business <p>i was searching on Google, just to find a small business that can be started from home with minimum amount of investment. there were very many complicated results. Does anyone has idea on how to start the best online business ?</p> Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:23:30 +0000 malise 1106061 at Are your Starting Carpet Cleaning Business? <p>Consumers spent $4 billion in carpet cleaning in 2011, and it&rsquo;s estimated that they&rsquo;ll install another 14 billion square feet of carpet in 2012 The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) created a report on the industry in September 2013. Some of the statistics included were: There are over 40,000 carpet cleaning businesses in The United States. Over 69,000 people are working in the industry The industry makes annual revenue of $4 billion. Since 2008 till 2013, the carpet cleaning industry has seen a slide at -1.8%. All of which is going to get dirty and will need to be cleaned. Below are Plan for stating Your Carpet Cleaning Business. Learn the trad: Market Research about business Which are Your Targeted Area: Find Users and Competitors Create a Strong Business Plan Follow the Legal Process: Ref: The SBA has a list of each state&rsquo;s requirements <a href="" title=""></a> Purchase or Lease Carpet Cleaners and Other Equipment: Lease Carpet Cleaning Equipment. Spread the word: Promote your business name in local market. Start Markting about Offers and Services. (<em>This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our <a href="" title="best practices">Community Best Practices</a> for more information</em><em> about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.)</em></p> Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:34:11 +0000 laurenz 782781 at starting an online business <p>I would like to open my own small online business and later expand. However I am unsure if a degree is helpful or not and in what area of business. I&#39;ve picked business management as my major but should I change it to entrepreneurship or finance? and would a minor in another field help?</p> Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:26:07 +0000 malise 1106041 at what to do I have a vision for my business and a well thought out business plan with no money to start up with how and resources are out there to get started. \ Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:55:53 +0000 Crdebose3 1105611 at LLC vs S Corp Hi Everyone! I mailed the Articles and other information to our registered agent yesterday to form an LLC in WY. While our family and business were located in Wyoming, we have recently relocated to North Carolina temporarily to begin work on a 3 year project and then will return to Wyoming. Yesterday, I met with an accountant here in NC and came away with some confusion. I’m not sure if part of the confusion stems from the fact that I’m incorporating in WY but was speaking to a NC accountant. So my first question is, am I fine with a NC accountant or should we work specifically with a WY accountant? What about an attorney? Secondly, my NC accountant was suggesting that we may need to consider forming an S Corp rather than an LLC. I thought I'd done my homework and decided that an LLC is what we need, and maybe it is. But this accountant made me second guess. Our primary concern is to protect our family and personal assets. I don’t know if there are factors other than liability that I should consider.... The NC accountant was confused about us incorporating in WY and said that we’d be taxed in both states since we’re currently living in NC. My understanding is that as a corporation, the business would be based and taxed in WY and the family would be based and taxed in NC. Does that change for an LLC vs an S Corp? He also said that if we form an S Corp, we’d have to pay ourselves a salary. What are the parameters for that? Currently, we are living hand to mouth as we never know when money is going to come into the business. We don’t have a nest egg to draw upon during lean times and literally survive off the payments as they come in. I don’t know how to pay ourselves the same amount at regular intervals. So, would we be able to pay ourselves erratically, for example, $100 this week, $1500 next week, $250 the week after, $5000 next month? I know this is ALOT of questions. The NC accountant I spoke with yesterday offered one free consultation about other things and I walked away confused about this. Accountants in WY are $175 an hour and I don't have $175. So I really appreciate any advice! Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:02:44 +0000 dragonfish 1105571 at Is a business degree really needed and in what area I would like to open my own small local business and later expand. However I am unsure if a degree is helpful or not and in what area of business. I've picked business management as my major but should I change it to entrepreneurship or finance? and would a minor in another field help? Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:48:23 +0000 s_mag95 1105711 at How to become a contractor or an advicer I have been wondering if my website (This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.) will ever grow to become a company that I am proud of. Recently, I have not been getting any customers and I don't know for how long this will continue, but I would like to pursue other avenues apart from writing research papers like helping other companies to do their business through a contract. How can I do this? I am also very good in giving advice, and can remember asking a bank to hire interns to serve the customers at the tellers, but the bank told they cannot hire an intern to become a teller. The bank was very slow when serving customers. Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:52:52 +0000 KelvinNyota 1103331 at Private Security Company I am starting a PMSC (Private Military Security Company). We will be based in Texas operating Domestically and Internationally, doing Maritime Security, and Escorting of VIPs. I need help on finding what federal licenses and registrations we need to operate legally both internationally and Domestically. Where is the best place to find and bid on contracts? And finally, I know we need business plans etc. but where is the best place to find funding in terms of grants and loans for this line of work? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you community for your assistance. Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:34:31 +0000 blake21 1104321 at Starting an E-liquid electronic cigarette factory Is there, to anyone's knowledge, regulation against starting a manufacturing plant for the purpose of making E-liquid comprised of four main ingredients: water, propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine and flavoring? I will be starting the company in California. Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:40:01 +0000 TylerG 1105291 at