Certain licenses are required to operate most small businesses. Which license(s) your small business will need varies depending on the type of business you own and the state you live in. Common licenses include state business licenses, product licenses, and trade licenses. You will also need to make sure your business is in compliance with all the Internal Revenue Service's tax regulations.
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Obtaining a License for Your Small Business
Find out which license(s) are necessary to run your business. Contact your city or county clerk for information on which license(s) you need and how to obtain them. Special licenses and permits are needed if you intend to import or export goods or sell liquor or tobacco. Also, you
will need to obtain specific trade licenses when necessary. For example, to run a beauty salon you will need a cosmetology license. To operate a real estate business, you need a real estate license.
Fill out the required paperwork. Be sure to include all the necessary information. Also, be sure the information is up-to-date and accurate.
File the forms with the proper municipal authorities. You may need to file your license(s) or permit(s) with your city, county, and state governments.
Keep a copy of the license(s) for your records.
Display license(s) according to regulations. You may be required to display certain licenses in public view. Check with the municipal authorities when filing your license(s) to ensure you are in compliance.
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