Licenses

City: Licenses are also required. First there is a City BusinessLicense required by your city. You’ll need your Fictitious Business Name Filing from the County. They will require a fee of generally $35 a year for most home based businesses.

State: You might not need a specific State business license, but the easiest way of determining if it’s required is to call the Department of Consumer Affairs at your state capital.
If you’re going to sell anything other than a service, you’ll also need to get a seller’s permit. You can get this through the State Board of Equalization’s office. One way to avoid this extra paperwork and quarterly filing is to have your clients responsible for purchasing the materials you might need even though you physically purchase them at retail. Your business would then be based as a “non-taxable” service.

License required by your city. You’ll need your Fictitious Business Name Filing from the County. They will require a fee of generally $35 a year for most home based businesses. State: You might not need a specific State business license, but the easiest way of determining if it’s required is to call the Department of Consumer Affairs at your state capital. If you’re going to sell anything other than a service, you’ll also need to get a seller’s permit. You can get this through the State Board of Equalization’s office. One way to avoid this extra paperwork and quarterly filing is to have your clients responsible for purchasing the materials you might need even though you physically purchase them at retail. Your business would then be based as a “non-taxable” service.

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