https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/rss/13571/feed en Starting business on H4 Visa https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-h4-visa Hello, I'm Maha, I currently reside in Pittsburgh on H4 Dependent Visa. I have an idea about starting a business on Web application development basically wanted to target hospitals. I have few questions on this, 1. Can I start a business on H4 Visa? I currently live with my Husband, he is on H1 Visa. 2. Early to ask this question but wanted to check. Can I make calls to Hospitals getting their contacts through their website and talk about my sample application and features? Is this legal to market application (after starting a business)? 3. This is a single member(myself) business and this business doesn't require any financial help and no shareholders, should this be a C- Corp? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-h4-visa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:00:23 +0000 mahalakshmi 1113760 at https://www.sba.gov/community New small business, incorporating, and taxes https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-small-business-incorporating-and-taxes I've recently started a small ecommerce business out of my home. It's in the very early stages, so my initial thought was to make sure it's really viable before I even start looking into registering it in some fashion. However, I am investing in several hundred dollars worth of equipment for the business and I want to be able to write those expenses off as business expenses. Do I have to incorporate it now in order to write off the expenses? Or can I do it later in the year and still write off these 2015 expenses? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-small-business-incorporating-and-taxes#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:01:16 +0000 bennerj 1113531 at https://www.sba.gov/community Where to file LLC for a business that's going to be in multiple states https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/where-file-llc-business-thats-going-be-multiple-states Hello, I searched around a bit and can't seem to find an answer anywhere. I want to open a software business in Florida, that's going to also operate in California. The software side of the business is going to be based out of Florida (developers). There is also going to be a retail side that's going to start in California. My question is, should i file for two different business licenses or operate under the same license? The goal is to follow the law and avoid taxes when I can. Thank you so much, https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/where-file-llc-business-thats-going-be-multiple-states#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:08:08 +0000 socialClub 1113747 at https://www.sba.gov/community Amir Najam SBA.gov https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/amir-najam-sbagov Hello I am looking for some advice as to what benefits registering with SBA.gov offers. Thanks https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/amir-najam-sbagov#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:17:03 +0000 nudgeneo 1113706 at https://www.sba.gov/community Funding a business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/funding-business I have money in stocks. I would like to know if there is any way to use my own funds to start my business without a tax penalty for the withdrawal. I have all the money I need, so I do not want to have to borrow money, nor do I want to have a stiff penalty for accessing my own money. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/funding-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 07 Mar 2015 22:22:20 +0000 lashanta_atkinson 1113568 at https://www.sba.gov/community business trend https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/other-business-issues/business-trend I want to start business in USA please give me the ideas about the trend ? thanks in advance https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/other-business-issues/business-trend#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:24:02 +0000 davidjhon 1113692 at https://www.sba.gov/community Hello in the midst of starting a board game coffee shop https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/hello-midst-starting-board-game-coffee-shop Hi All, My name is Clifton I am currently working in Yosemite National Park. I have had a desire to open my own board game and coffee shop for a long time. I have been working on the business plan and slowly starting small portions of it like selling things on Ebay such as cards practicing my coffee crafting skills ect. I have run aground in that I believe I have nearly everything that is required to start raising money except a solid financial plan I have done everything I can to put one together hours of research and re-re-rewriting and there is still so much that seems to elude me. Working in the park puts me hours away from any physical SBA or any other small business assistance program. So any assistance would be ridiculously fantastic. If anyone has a source or link they think was or will be especially helpful I would love to look at it. Sense this primarily my brain child at the moment. So a little about the business we are looking at opening. We plan on moving into the Denver area. We want to serve some basic food options such as pre-made sandwiches; also drinks such as coffee, tea, beer, and soda. Finally we will have board games, card games, WiFi and a dedicated play area. If you are interested in checking out more or would like to lend a proverbial hand please visit us at www.zerofoxcng.com alternatively you can leave a comment of course! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/hello-midst-starting-board-game-coffee-shop#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:52:46 +0000 Zerofox 1113719 at https://www.sba.gov/community Cigar Wrap Business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/cigar-wrap-business I have always wanted to start my own cigar wrap business. There has been no real steps taken to make it a reality yet, just some information gathering. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the production process of making these wraps? If no one can help on that regard, is there a certain type of group, company, or what have you that would either get me this information or be able to be a consultant or something like this? There is a lot of other information I need, but this is a good start. Any help would be greatly appreciated. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/cigar-wrap-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:31:22 +0000 kymiwi 1113680 at https://www.sba.gov/community Bringing a Business from Brazil to the USA https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/bringing-business-brazil-usa Hello, I am an American Citizen entering a partnership with a Brazilian Citizen on a Business that was established in August of 2013 in Brazil. The Business has grown immensely there and now I want to bring it to the US. What are the steps we need to take so we can start operating ASAP as we already have interest parties here in the US? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/bringing-business-brazil-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:37:30 +0000 Mbrwr 1113697 at https://www.sba.gov/community Developing an informational website - compliance questions https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/developing-informational-website-compliance-questions I'm an independent health insurance broker in Wisconsin and I want to create an informational website, but I'm not finding much information on the regulation and rules for health insurance informational websites. I won't be selling anything on the site or talking about any specific insurance plans or products. I will be providing articles, blogs, and videos on health insurance topics in general (ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Does anyone know of regulatory guidance for this type of site? I'm not finding much on cms.gov or my state's insurance commissioner. Thoughts and ideas? Thanks! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/developing-informational-website-compliance-questions#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:08:37 +0000 rubystar07 1113619 at https://www.sba.gov/community Choosing legal structure for embroidery business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/choosing-legal-structure-embroidery-business I am currently in the start-up phase of my embroidery business. I am wanting feedback from other business owners on which legal structure is best between an LLC, C-Corp or S-Corp. I appreciate any advice. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/choosing-legal-structure-embroidery-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:10:55 +0000 BPembroidery 1113589 at https://www.sba.gov/community Payroll and customer payment options https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/payroll-and-customer-payment-options Hi, I would like to start a home based business in Illinois and I need advice on the payroll processing and customers payment options and what will be the best way to set it up? Not sure how I can manage the transactions, and what is the easiest way? If anyone can tell me where I can get more information about it I would greatly appreciate it. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/payroll-and-customer-payment-options#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:59:34 +0000 Jezzebeth8 1113623 at https://www.sba.gov/community Creating a parent LLC https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/creating-parent-llc Hi there! I have two existing businesses (LLCs) and am getting ready to file for a third (llc). I want the third to be the parent company. How do I do this? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/creating-parent-llc#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:36:26 +0000 paulysully 1113629 at https://www.sba.gov/community set up business in usa https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/set-business-usa Hi Dear all, I am a Travel Agent from India, having more then five years of experience. I found this site great help for new small business owners. Hope, I will also get some important tips to start up a new Sub-Agency of a main travel company which is already running in USA.I have full business plan ready. I want provide my online services to the clients who commencing their trips from USA. The Payment gateway will in USA only. I have few doubts to be cleared. 1. Could you please advise some reliable person or agency who can register a LLC over there on my behalf. 2. Is there any way to open a business account in USA. Please advise me all possible ways. ...........Thanks & Regards https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/set-business-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:40:49 +0000 Tewatia 1113497 at https://www.sba.gov/community ownership of LLC https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/ownership-llc Hello, I come from Germany and I have started an online business in the US. My question is about the ownership of a LLC. I was told that the Members of the LLC are not listed on the Articles of Organization and not in a State database. Ownership will be determined by the Organizational Meeting and Minutes and the Operating Agreement. These documents exist only in my office and are not listet public as a proof of ownership in any state database. so ANYBODY can create and print these files out, are they useless for proof? If I wish to include member/manager information I will need to file articles of amendment at this point. Again: Can ANYBODY file these documents? who is verifying that the changes of the members are allowed. I want to invest money in my LLC but I am not sure how to ensure that nobody can take over my company. In germany you have to go to a notary and verify with your passport that you are founding this entity. everybody can see that the company is yours. It is listed in the district court. how can I ensure, that the company remains to me? thank you https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/ownership-llc#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:31:17 +0000 vsitor 1113496 at https://www.sba.gov/community Have capital but bad credit https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/have-capital-bad-credit Hello. I am looking into a franchise. My parents offered to give me the capital I need (as a gift) so I don't need a business loan. But I have bad credit after an illness. Will I have a difficult time getting approved by a franchise with a bad credit history? Should I think of doing something else, i.e. business on my own, rather than a franchise? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/have-capital-bad-credit#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:45:37 +0000 Mason12 1112981 at https://www.sba.gov/community Starting Online business https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-online-business-6 I will keep this as simplistic as possible as from reading other post sometimes vague questions are asked which make it harder to get an idea of what to do. I simply want to know a few things and shall post them below. 1-I am in New York, who do I contact to find out about online business laws/rules/statutes,licensing etc to sell products like trading cards and or wrist bands? if anyone knows WHO to contact, let me know, if you already know the answer about the "rules" what are they in general? 2-Do I need a license to sell online products? I know I must get a Tax ID and register, but I have concerns and want to be 100% legitimate and do not want any issues while conducting my business. 3-This will be a sole proprietorship, what extra steps do I need to take during tax time in a nutshell? 4-I may also do charity work like donations and receive donations at the choice of the consumer, how does this factor into earnings and what is it considered? Thank you in advanced for answering my questions as these are the only things holding me back from starting as I do not want to start without everything being 100% clear first. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-online-business-6#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:41:51 +0000 MrDominoe 1113501 at https://www.sba.gov/community How to start an online Business as a minor https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-start-online-business-minor Hello, I am almost 16 years old and am trying to start an online business. I am wondering how I could do this as a minor. I want to make sure that I am obeying all of the laws to starting an online business. However, since I am a minor I do not know quite how I can do that. I am wondering if anyone out there knows how I could start this business as a minor. Thanks. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-start-online-business-minor#comments Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:22:57 +0000 quickfixgeek 1113480 at https://www.sba.gov/community Veteran to Start Diesel Repair Shop https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/veteran-start-diesel-repair-shop Hello Everyone, I would like some advice on what type of loan I should be looking for. I was medically discharged from the Army a little over 2 years ago and my husband left active duty for national guard. My husband is an ASE certified mechanic and is working towards his master certifications and has more than 15 years experience in the field. I have some experience in mechanics but my specialty is in office management. We currently have 10 acres (will be paid off in 4 years) on which we raise our cows, and have found that its possible to rezone part of it commercial. We however do not have a shop on the property or money to build it, along with the heavy equipment we would need. We have most of the tools including specialty tools needed. There is a great demand in the area for a diesel repair shop, so gaining business wouldn't be an issue and I have no doubts that the business would be a success. So what I am asking is what type of loan should I look for to build the shop we need as well as purchase the remaining equipment that we would need. Also if you happen to know if additional collateral besides the land, shop, and contents; would be needed for securing a loan. We do not have much at this point in time unfortunately. Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/veteran-start-diesel-repair-shop#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:04:47 +0000 ncarlson86 1113485 at https://www.sba.gov/community Fundraising Questions, Please Help? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/fundraising-questions-please-help Hello and how is everyone? I'm doing great myself, however I am a little puzzled. I am the founder of a small business startup (and it’s a for profit company). At the moment, I am stumped while trying to fundraise. I tried to crowd -fund and had no success (what-so-ever). I would like to put on a golf tournament fundraiser; however I cannot find any literature about how to go about this because when I Google search the topic I can only find information about nonprofit & charity golf tournaments. A couple of years ago I (believe I) read something about non-profits changing to for-profit businesses later down the road. I was wondering, is it the case that boot-strapped startups register label themselves “non-profit” or “not-for-profit” just while they are fundraising (to get the 10% down-payment on a business loan)? Could anyone explain to me how to put on a golf tournament fundraiser for purposes of raising startup funding for a small business? Can someone answer any of the questions above and provide a little background &/or related info to the topics discussed above? Thanks! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/fundraising-questions-please-help#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:35:04 +0000 JayRoss2000 1113491 at https://www.sba.gov/community opening a bakery https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/opening-bakery <p>How can I open bakery business in Massachusetts?</p> https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/opening-bakery#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 04 Nov 2009 15:08:44 +0000 kimi 74481 at https://www.sba.gov/community Starting a business as a minor https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-minor Hello, SBA community. I'm new to the site, but I'm glad a resource like this exists to help others with their small business ideas. Prior to today, I wasn't aware this website existed, but it is great! I am 16 years old, and I've been working for the last 6 months to try and prepare for a business I intended to launch this upcoming fall. I've put hours of time into creating innovative business plans, vision and mission statements, and a product of the highest quality I could afford (Apparel). I've worked meticulously to budget and plan to achieve the very best launch possible, so as to greatly increase my chance for success. Today I discovered that since I am in fact a minor, there is no way for me to start an LLC or any other form of business. I do not intend for this business to be a hobby, and I am very willing to sacrifice as much time and energy as possible to make this a fully functioning clothing brand. I am a student, but I have others who were also working with me who would help sustain the business during the day while I was at school. I can't find any apparent way to legally bypass this issue other than selling clothes as a hobby. I do not intend on selling my apparel as a joke or for fun. (Or at all until I can form an LLC). In my eyes, this could ruin my brands reputation before it had a chance to grow.I want to sell top of the line apparel that would appeal to the upper middle class, so starting out selling clothes out of the back of my car probably won't settle well among the wealthy. I'm as serious about running this business as I could be, and I've already spent a very long time putting the work in to get to this point. I will do anything and everything to see my brand achieve success, and regardless, I do not plan on quitting today simply because of my legal restrictions. I've come to ask if anyone is aware of a way to legally bypass this problem, without having someone else form the LLC. If it must come to that, I can find a way to make it happen, but I would also appreciate being given insight into how exactly to approach that. For example, would it be possible for my Father to form it, and for it to be legally passed on to me on my 18th birthday? If so, what are the responsibilities he has to claim in order to make it work? How would it change his daily life, so long as I'm running it from every aspect EXCEPT from a legal standpoint? I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this, and I appreciate even more anyone who can offer me information to point me in the right direction. Like I said, I have put entirely too much work into this for it to be thrown away. Thank you for your time! Please be as specific as possible. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/starting-business-minor#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:48:48 +0000 Trent Ungard 1112891 at https://www.sba.gov/community How to creat online biz? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/introduce-yourself/how-creat-online-biz Hi, how to start u best and good biz? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/introduce-yourself/how-creat-online-biz#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:45:47 +0000 xxnxx 1110551 at https://www.sba.gov/community How a Canadian buy the business in USA? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/how-canadian-buy-business-usa I am a Canadian. I am looking to buy a business in USA. I have registered a company in canada, so do I need to register a company in USA? If it does, what shall I do? Thanks. Hope to hear from you! https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-amp-registering-business/how-canadian-buy-business-usa#comments Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:02:57 +0000 linyun73 352661 at https://www.sba.gov/community Advice on opening an e-commerce store https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/advice-opening-e-commerce-store Hello, My name is Mike R and I am a current student majoring in entrepreneurship and am working on opening my own e-commerce store, but I have many questions before I fully launch my website. My plan for my e-commerce website is to sell other peoples products through my store and collect a commission. I wish to take this approach because as I have stated before I am a current student and need most of my money to pay for college. Questions I have are as followed? - if I gain permission/agreement to sell a companies product for a commission, is it legal for me to sell it at a premium price on my website and collect the difference and the commission? - do I need permission to sell products that are being sold on the internet or can I just sell products at a higher price on my website, transact the order/money as a middleman and collect the difference? - Does anyone recommend any sources to educate myself on this subject? I do not wish to break any legal restrictions to this matter? If anyone can help me in the topic of selling other propels products on my e-commerce store it will be greatly appreciated. Again I am still a student, I do not have the funds to have and sell my own products from a manufacturer/supplier. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/advice-opening-e-commerce-store#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:39:44 +0000 Mrauchut 1111731 at https://www.sba.gov/community Should my business be an S corp, C corp or LLC? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/should-my-business-be-s-corp-c-corp-or-llc Hello, I had a question in which I was unable to find an answer online. I currently have a business in which I contract people to advertise companies on their vehicles. Generally in 6-12 month contracts. I pay monthly and had a few questions in terms of the legal aspects. 1. What should I register my business as? I had a few meetings with business counselors but was still unsure as to what I should do. 2. Do I need to register my business as any of these? I have an EID and would like to know what other steps I have to do in terms of taxes and legality. Thank you for your help! This place is an amazing resource. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/should-my-business-be-s-corp-c-corp-or-llc#comments Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:54:13 +0000 DrivenAdvertising 1113463 at https://www.sba.gov/community What to do with $10k and a 4 bed room house? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/what-do-with-10k-and-4-bed-room-house I am a 55 yr old naturalized US citizen, have been working in US as a Steel Truss estimator for 12 years and now unemployed. I have skills such as: general office work, cost calculating, blue print reading, few industry specific soft wares, good communication and customer handling(of course my English have accent of my native language, but most people have no problem understanding me). I decided not to go back and look for a job, but start a small business from home with a capital of $ 10-20K, something simple; I have no passion to a specific business at this time. I would appreciate if any one share an Idea about what to look for. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/what-do-with-10k-and-4-bed-room-house#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:36:05 +0000 rfisseha64 1112121 at https://www.sba.gov/community Lawn Care Business at 17 https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/lawn-care-business-17 I have been doing yard work in my neighborhood since I was 8 & over time I have expanded to include about 10 clients. Last summer I was able to make over $3000. This summer I will be turning 17 & I would like to expand & register as an official business as well as properly record my income. Anyway, the questions I had were: -How do I go about registering as a business? -Will I need to get any special permits? -How do I record my income? -Will my age any effect on this process? (My parents are willing to sign off on any permits I need.) -Any suggestions on the next steps I should take? I know some of these questions are answered elsewhere on the site, but I am not sure if my age will have any impact on the process of registering my "business." Thank you! Feel free to ask any questions. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/lawn-care-business-17#comments Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:01:21 +0000 Kuph 1113448 at https://www.sba.gov/community New Business- Partner has bad credit/outstanding loans in collection https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-business-partner-has-bad-creditoutstanding-loans-collection Hi! I am starting a new business with a business partner who has a terrible financial history including unpaid loans in collection etc. What is the best way to go about forming the business to avoid issues with her finances in the future? I'm concerned about any profits being seized for payment and also ability to get lines of credit and small business loans in the future. I have pretty good credit and financial standing. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-business-partner-has-bad-creditoutstanding-loans-collection#comments Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:03:38 +0000 alexisld 1113415 at https://www.sba.gov/community How To Register An Online Business? https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-register-online-business Hey Guys, Just looking for a little information on how I go about registering my on-line website as a business? I make small income from advertisements and affiliates, just wonder if there is a certain amount I need to make to call it a business? What cost are involved? and what benefits are in it for me? Any feedback would be great! Thanks in advance. https://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-register-online-business#comments Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:40:10 +0000 CoachKervan 1113416 at https://www.sba.gov/community