If you’re looking to start a business, you’ll need to ensure you have the right licensing in place first. Otherwise, you could be in for some unexpected costs in the form of fines and late fees.
General Business License
Interestingly, your online business has the same requirements as those operating from physical stores; if you are selling goods or services, you need a general business license in order to conduct business legally in your state.
Because you’ll be adding tax to the things your business sells, you need a seller permit
. This will essentially give you permission to collect taxes. You may need an additional seller’s permit if you are selling to customers located in other states.
Health Inspection Certificate
This certificate is necessary if your business sells, repackages, or manufactures food or beverages. It confirms you’re adhering to the guidelines for safe handling, processing, and preparing of these goods for customer safety.
Of course, these are just a few of the many licenses and permits you may require; check with your state for more detailed requirements. Need more info now? Refer to this great infographic from FastFilings for more licensing requirements you may need.