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Start-Up Requirements for Sole Proprietors

Here are the forms to make your business legal. When you have completed this paperwork, you are ready to open a bank account, lease space, and sign any contracts.

If you have any specialized leases or contracts, you will need to find a business attorney. You should also review your business risks and determine whether you need business insurance or whether you need to trademark, patent, or copyright elements of your business.

Forming a Business Entity

  • Overview of Business Requirements
  • Obtaining Licenses and IDs

  • Business Registration
  • Federal ID: SS-4 form A federal ID is not required for sole proprietors, but it is a good idea to get one to protect your personal identify. You can use this number instead of your social security number for vendor applications and other requests.
  • Business License and other local Requirements
  • State Licenses
  • Get a D&B number
  • This is optional, but recommended because D&B information is used by global tracking (Google Maps) to help people find you and it is used to track business credit.

  • Selling Alcohol and Other State Permits
  • Protection

  • Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Business Insurance
  • Start-Up Requirements for Partnerships

    Here are the forms to make your partnership legal. When you have completed this paperwork, you are ready to:

    • Open a bank account
    • Lease space
    • Sign any contracts.

    If you have any specialized leases or contracts, you will need to find a business attorney. You should also review your business risks and determine whether you need business insurance or whether you need to trademark, patent, or copyright elements of your business.

    Forming a Business Entity

  • Overview of Partnership Requirements
  • Registration of General Partnership
  • Registration of Limited Partnership
  • Securities Filings for Limited Partnerships
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Obtaining Licenses and IDs

  • Business Registration
  • Federal Employer Identification Number
  • Business License and other Local Requirements
  • State Licenses
  • This is optional, but recommended because D&B information is used by global tracking (Google Maps) to help people find you and it is used to track business credit.

  • Get a D&B number
  • Protection

  • Selling Alcohol and Other State Permits
  • Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Start-Up Requirements for Limited Liability Companies

    Here are the forms to make your partnership legal. When you have completed this paperwork, you are ready to:

    • Open a bank account
    • Lease space
    • Sign any contracts.

    If you have any specialized leases or contracts, you will need to find a business attorney. You should also review your business risks and determine whether you need business insurance or whether you need to trademark, patent, or copyright elements of your business.

    Forming a Business Entity

  • Overview of Limited Liability Co. Requirements
  • Select a Name
  • Articles of Organization
  • Operating Agreement
  • Granting Member Status
  • Complying with Securities Requirements
  • Obtaining Licenses and IDs

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Business Registration
  • Business License and Other Local Requirements
  • State Licenses
  • Get a D&B Number
  • This is optional, but recommended because D&B information is used by global tracking (Google Maps) to help people find you and it is used to track business credit.

  • Selling Alcohol and Other State Permits
  • Protection

  • Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Business Insurance
  • Start-Up Requirements for Corporations

    Here are the forms to make your partnership legal. When you have completed this paperwork, you are ready to:

    • Open a bank account
    • Lease space
    • Sign any contracts.

    If you have any specialized leases or contracts, you will need to find a business attorney. You should also review your business risks and determine whether you need business insurance or whether you need to trademark, patent, or copyright elements of your business.

    Forming a Business Entity

  • Overview of Corporate Requirements
  • Select a Corporate Name
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Professional Licenses
  • Bylaws
  • Issuing Stock
  • Complying with Securities Requirements
  • Initial Board of Directors Meeting
  • Initial Shareholders Meeting
  • S Corporation Election IRS 2553
  • Obtaining Licenses and IDs

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Business Registration
  • Business License and Other Local Requirements
  • State Licenses
  • Get a D&B Number
  • This is optional, but recommended because D&B information is used by global tracking (Google Maps) to help people find you and it is used to track business credit.

  • Selling Alcohol and Other State Permits
  • Protection

  • Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
  • Business Insurance