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Q.:  I am currently licensed in my state of residence as a landscaper. Do I need business licensing to provide this service in other states?   A.:  In many states, people who want to call themselves a “landscaper,” “landscape construction professional,” or “landscape architect” or open any kind of landscape contracting business must have a […]

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Franchising can seem like the goose that laid the golden egg. Have an idea, get a system, roll it out, let other people pay you for it. Sit with your feet up sipping mai-tais by the beach, and watch your bank account go ka-CHING.Now for the reality check. Creating a franchise that other people pay […]

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Q.:  I am starting an online advice column. What business licensing do I need to protect myself?   A.:  An important way to protecting yourself will be in the form of disclaimers, especially if your advice pertains to any kind of professional matter (medical/health, legal, financial/accounting, etc.) where business licensing is involved. Just as there […]

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Q.:  My business is a tattoo parlor/coffee shop/art gallery/live music venue. No alcohol is served and all ages are welcome. I have obtained the proper retail business licensing.  Do I need any other business licensing? The fire marshal shut down one of our shows because I didn’t have a “license to assemble.” As far as […]

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Q.:  What business licensing is generally required to run an online retail business? I want to run this business out of my home starting out and then eventually expand to a retail store   A.:  Generally, the business licensing required for an online retail business is not substantially different than a storefront business: You will […]

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Q.:  I own a restaurant and I’m planning to sell my desserts (my own recipe) in mini markets and grocery stores. Do I need another type of business licensing besides what I have now?   A.:  Generally, restaurants and other food service businesses must obtain a food service permit to comply with business licensing requirements.  […]

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Q.:  I contacted my local zoning department about the zoning codes for starting a home based handbag business. I was told that I would have to fill out an application for a traffic impact study to comply with zoning codes. What is that, and do I really need one for a business that won’t increase […]

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Q.:  Do I need business licensing to start a roadside vegetable stand, selling items from my garden?   A.:  A number of states prohibit the sale of any agricultural products without the proper business licensing.  Because business licensing varies for place to place, contact your local government to see if it has those restrictions and […]

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Many entrepreneurs have law questions about company ownership and board meetings.  Some of the responsibilities of company ownership include holding board meetings, generating company financial reports, obtaining an employer tax ID and, sometimes, undergoing a business name change. Want to know more about company ownership and board meetings?  From my Ask Entrepreneur column, here are […]

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Q.:  My current business is in transportation services and I would like to also offer consulting services. But with the current business name having the word “transportation” in it, clients might not identify the new consulting services. Is a new employer tax ID needed to start a new branch of my current business with a […]

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