need help with business license

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-06-2008
need help with business license
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 1:24pm

Has anyone stated a home based/internet business and obtained a business license?

I live in MI and can't make head or tales of the information online.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 4:18pm

Here in CA I can do all of that through the local courthouse.

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Registered: 11-07-2006
Wed, 10-08-2008 - 12:11am
How about asking someone else in your state with a small business how they went about getting a license? Maybe a friend you know or a business you regularly frequent? Otherwise you can probably call your local tax bureau and get referred to the appropriate place.
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Registered: 03-29-2003
Wed, 10-08-2008 - 4:29am

A free phone call to your local county clerk's office should be all you need to find out. Every state is different. They can let you know about zoning/HOA zoning, licensing, tax issues, etc. My business is invisible to anyone, but I got a license anyway, confirmed zoning laws, etc. Even though it's done in the privacy of my home, my state still wants it's portion of taxes.

However, I also learned that for me, with my classification, and state that