Here are the forms to make your business legal. When you have completed this paperwork, you are ready to open a bank account, lease space, and sign any contracts.
If you have any specialized leases or contracts, you will need to find a business attorney. You should also review your business risks and determine whether you need business insurance or whether you need to trademark, patent, or copyright elements of your business.
Federal ID: SS-4 form. A federal ID is not required for sole proprietors, but it is a good idea to get one to protect your personal identify. You can use this number instead of your social security number for vendor applications and other requests.
If you are thinking of starting a business, this is the place to be. We have resources to help you go from idea to opening your business.
The first button for micro-businesses gives some links to information about running a business.
The second button helps you to evaluate your business idea - to determine whether it is a go or no-go.
If it's a go - we have a button to help you choose the best location for your business.
When you're ready to start, the Starting your Business button has tools to choose an entity and all the forms to create that business entity.
Don't start without a business plan. We have links to help you, as well as links for free one-on-one help.
Finally, we have other resources that will help you avoid common business problems.