Making Your Business Official...
Once you have a business idea in mind and want to pursue it, nothing makes it feel more real than when you start to register it with all of the official government offices you need to register with as a small business owner.
But where do you need to register so your business is meeting the requirements to be considered "official?" What about filing taxes?
While we don't have everything listed here - we do have some solid links to help point you in the right direction. Below are links to resources for starting a business in each state.
Tip: The city you live in might require you to register your business with them as well. The links posted below involve making sure you're set up with your state. To find what you might need to do for your specific city, simply do a Google search for something like "Register business with <insert your city/state here>" and the information you need should show up in the first link or two on your Google search. You can typically trust domains that end in .gov or .org to tell you accurate information. For instance, searching "Register business with Montgomery, Alabama" populates a search result where the first link is a website for the city of Montgomery, AL (montgomeryal.gov) and the link clearly outlines the requirements for having a business in Montgomery.
Please Note: This information is for reference purposes. This should not be treated as a replacement for professional legal and/or financial help.
Please Note: According to the Arizona Commerce Authority website, "Arizona does not issue nor require a state business license, however, most city/town offices issue business licenses."
State Website - Register
Please Note: LA Business Portal is full of information for starting a business in California in general and not just for Los Angeles.
Federal/National Helpful Links
Click on any of the underlined sections below to be taken to the various websites that might be able to help answer your questions!
EIN Numbers & Hiring Employees
Wondering what an EIN is and if you even need it? The IRS has you covered.
Apply for your EIN Number on the IRS website.
Are you self employeed and wondering about how and when to file taxes?
The IRS website has tons of tax info laid out for you.
Find information on Corporations as well, if that is the route you're taking.