First, select a business legal structure
You have to select from sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC (Limited Liability Company) or corproation.more
Then, you need to get licenses and tax IDS
You need to select the structure first because the licenses and tax IDs will be filed under the structure.more
Tax Filings such as seller's Permit
If want to buy items wholesale or sell retail, you will need a reseller ID ( seller's permit).more
Employers need both a federal EIN and a State EIN.
This is because you need to pay both federal and state employment taxes and withholdings.more
When Selecting a structure, you will need
a DBA for sole proprietor or partnership. If filing as an LLC or Corp., a corp certificate or LLC certificate.more
If filing an LLC or Corp., you don't need a DBA
If you set up an llc, you don't need a dba because a dba is the Filing of your business name.more
You can file a DBA under an LLC or corporation
If you going to use more trade names, you can file them on the same dba or file dbas under the LLC or corporation.more
Partneships that do not form LLC
Partnerships that do not set up as LLC or Corporation, need at least both a DBA and an EIN.more
New Business Information
If you are going to make any serious money such as more than $50,000 per year, you may want to form an LLC or coproration. It is the best to help you save on taxes and protect you from personal liability.
If you file as a sole proprietor, you will be liable for all business debts and liabilities. For example, you have a cleaning business and your employee steals from your clients, you will be liable personally. If you form an LLC, and the same thing happens, your personal assets, such as your home and car are protected. If sued, they can only get what the LLC has. If only $1,000 in the bank, that is all the plaintiff gets.
Even though they will tell you that Delaware or Nevada is the best state, the best state is actually the state you do business in. This simplifies the entire business.