en Starting Online business 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. Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:41:51 +0000 MrDominoe 1113501 at set up business in 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 &amp; Regards Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:40:49 +0000 Tewatia 1113497 at How to start an online Business as a 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. Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:22:57 +0000 quickfixgeek 1113480 at ownership of 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 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:31:17 +0000 vsitor 1113496 at Veteran to 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. Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:04:47 +0000 ncarlson86 1113485 at 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 &amp; 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 &amp;/or related info to the topics discussed above? Thanks! Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:35:04 +0000 JayRoss2000 1113491 at opening a bakery <p>How can I open bakery business in Massachusetts?</p> Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 04 Nov 2009 15:08:44 +0000 kimi 74481 at Starting a business as a 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. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:48:48 +0000 Trent Ungard 1112891 at How to creat online biz? Hi, how to start u best and good biz? Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:45:47 +0000 xxnxx 1110551 at How a Canadian buy the business in 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! Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:02:57 +0000 linyun73 352661 at Have capital but 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? Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:45:37 +0000 Mason12 1112981 at Advice on opening an 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. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:39:44 +0000 Mrauchut 1111731 at Should my business be an 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. Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:54:13 +0000 DrivenAdvertising 1113463 at What to do with $10k and a 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. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:36:05 +0000 rfisseha64 1112121 at Lawn Care Business at 17 I have been doing yard work in my neighborhood since I was 8 &amp; 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 &amp; I would like to expand &amp; 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. Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:01:21 +0000 Kuph 1113448 at New Business- Partner has bad credit/outstanding loans in 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. Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:03:38 +0000 alexisld 1113415 at How To Register An 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. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:40:10 +0000 CoachKervan 1113416 at Help!!!!!! Hello, I'm in the process of starting an online boutique and I'm having trouble determining what type of business license I need. I'm in GA and I keep reading about zoning permits etc and I'm confused as to why I would need that if I'm planning on having an online business. So my question is what type of license and/or permits do I need to operate a business online in Georgia? Would it be more beneficial if I waited to get my business license once the business actually starts making money? Should I register my business name regardless of having the business license? Please, don't say to speak with a mentor in person as I already know that I should do that however I'm looking for immediate answers where I don't have to take time off of work to make an appointment to go see someone to have a conversation with. Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:55:32 +0000 sher_hodge 1113429 at Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or...? My wife and I are thinking of starting a small business from our home. We are completely new to this and we could use any advice you have. We are willing to accept the liability of a sole proprietorship and I would like to keep it simple early on. It will be a service business run out of the home. In a year or two I would foresee hiring or contracting out some of the work. My main question is what type of business should we set up? Sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corp? We always file married filing jointly with the IRS. I have a full time job and she is a stay at home mom. We also live in Texas, a communal state. Our issues are: My wife needs one more credit with social security to qualify for benefits. Can we give more percent of the company to one spouse over the other? I'm a veteran and she could qualify for the WIB status as the owner. Should we go ahead and get an EIN number? Thank you for the help! Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:03:46 +0000 tonedrvr 1113464 at Buying an existing business?? Hello, My husband and I are very seriously considering buying a bagel shop near where we live. The current owner is a long time friend of ours and my husband worked in the shop years ago for a stretch of time. We have enought cash to put 25% down and she will owner finance the rest. My question is: how do we believe that she says she makes what she makes? We both know the business does well and is often busy, but no family members can believe she makes the owner benefit she is reporting. We have 3 past years of tax returns as well as profit and loss statements. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance for your help! Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:33:07 +0000 k8kruse 1113465 at Start-Up Funding Hello, I have been in the search for a web developer or development company to design a website to launch my online business. It has been daunting as the costs to design a site are pretty steep. As a recent college graduate I do not have much to offer for collateral on a loan and I am skeptical about the idea of equity investing. I have come up with an idea and wanted to get feedback on what you all thought. In exchange for development of my site I would offer a percentage of the total revenue for the first year after launch(which is projected to be upwards of $150k+ based on the market), up to a specified max. The business that I plan on starting can be very lucrative depending on the site quality, which is why I need a great designer. Feedback on how to go about implementing this strategy would be very helpful, also if you know a great web developer that may be interested in such a deal I would greatly appreciate you passing the info along. Thank you, Curtis Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:53:31 +0000 Curtisd09 754468 at How to Start Online Shop Business <p>Hi i wanna start online shop, What can i do first ? (<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 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:55:42 +0000 Therat091195 1113435 at Started an online business, registered as LLC, question about paying myself I haven't started doing business yet, but when I opened my business bank account, they said it was a lot easier to do that if I obtained an EIN, so I did. Now I'm worried, can I still pay myself with owner draws? Or do I need to pay myself an an employee because I obtained an EIN? I am the only person in the LLC, the only owner, and I have no employees. I'm planning on starting business in the next couple days, and I already looked, I know I can't retract my EIN. I would just like to know how I'm allowed to proceed. Any help appreciated! Thanks. Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:17:36 +0000 beans 1113403 at Loan or Location first? I would like to reopen the family business back in my hometown where there is quite a demand for our former restaurant style food and atmosphere. Its been 20 years and my sister originally owned it successfully for 15 years before she closed it and retired. She would not be involved in this go around so I would open it as a copy cat next generation so to speak under a different yet similar name. My husband has outstanding credit so we would take a loan out to finance the re-start up business. My question is do we get approved for the loan first or find a location for the business first? We would need kitchen equipment if the location didnt already have it. So it seems odd to get a loan if we even dont know if we can find a location and if it would have what we needed in it already? Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:50:26 +0000 kimssporty 1113021 at LLC for non-resident with a registered agent - CA or FL? I have a translation company in Brazil and I intend to set up an LLC in the US to provide my services to US clients, and run it from my home country for 2 reasons: 1) I want to buy a property in Florida only for investment and have fiscal benefits when I transfer the money from Brazil to the company in the US, so my first question is... Does the company need to be in Florida, if I want to buy the property there under the company's name? Or I can register the co in California, where I have someone I trust to be my registered agent and still have benefits buying a property in FL? 2) If my best friend is my registered agent in California, he doesn't need to own part of the company, right? I am asking because I'll have a property under the company, so I wondering if I can be the sole proprietor of the company, even though I am not a resident. 3) Just to clarify the possible concerns of my friend...Being a registered agent doesn't automatically give him any liability regarding the company, right? He will solely receive mail so that I can take action, as far as I know, is that correct? Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:03:00 +0000 anamachado 1113001 at Grants for Felons, is there such a thing I am a convicted felon who has completed all probation requirements and have been working sine three months after my release in 2007. I am a Coating Inspector who has been working for the past seven years with the same company. I have been recently laid off and work should pick up at the start of the new season in March. I recently did a favor for my dad for his new girlfriend that happen to spark a wonderful opportunity for me to start my own business. The problem is, I have bad credit, and I am not sure how to apply for, or if I am even eligible for a government grant due to the fact that I am a convicted felon. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:27:18 +0000 Bhipps 1112641 at Veteran Buisness I just got medically discharged from the USAF and I want to start a business in one of the towns close to me and I have no idea how to start. Any help would be great. How to get the loan or grants, how to get the building/location, etc. Zachary W. Fields USAF Veteran Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 08 Jan 2015 03:06:07 +0000 zwfields 1111651 at Hookah Lounge in a Small Town I was just thinking of potential business ideas, and a hookah lounge seems like a good idea for my town. It is a small town of 25,000 with the surrounding area containing about 65,000. I feel it is a good idea because there is not much to do there. There is a small shopping mall, a movie theater, a park, and a couple things like bowling allies, etc. Not much goes on around there. However, one impediment to this idea is an indoor smoking ban. I was considering trying to find a place that is close to everything, but just outside city limits. I think that would be legal. If I was looking to find information about indoor smoking laws, and restaurant laws since I plan to serve food there too, where would I look? Is there someone I could email, or something like that? I just need a direction, and I appreciate all help. This is all theoretical at the moment, so there is no rush, but I thought it was a good idea worth looking into. Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:56:21 +0000 MikeS93 1112721 at MOVED: Computer repair business from home This post has been moved to &ldquo;Marketing &amp; Advertising [1]&rdquo;. [1] Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:20:39 +0000 amarty 1112791 at New wedding favors business created <p>Hi I have created my own wedding favors business site and I want to know what I should do to make it better.  Is there any insight you guys can offer that will make the sight more succesesful?  I really like the business I am in, and it makes me happy to offer a valuable service.  Any ideas?</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="" title=""></a></p> <p> </p> <p>Is the site.</p> <p> </p> <p>Thanks for all the help and good luck to you all! </p> <p> </p> <p>Sam </p> Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:01:31 +0000 weddings 74011 at