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Struggling...Permits and Licenses
October 26, 2011
1:54 pm
Sandra Ward
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I am still having a tough time getting info in my city regarding whether the "business" needs permits and licenses other than a DBA or Entity. We will only use owner/operators and pay a percentage of each job. Let’s say 60% since they will need to use their commercial insurance and upkeep thier vehicles. We decided not to use company vehicles.

DOT told us they do not regulate the company’s unless we use "company" vehicles.

We can open by December 1st, if we know for sure there is nothing else needed by the company except what we learn in the videos and materials we purchased.

Please comment.

Thank you in advance.

November 7, 2011
5:08 pm
Sam Knowlton
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Have you contacted your local government, and particularly the nearest chapter of the Small Business Administration (SBA) in your area?

Typically, I would follow this process:
1) Call the local government branch, etc., and ask the following question:
"Can you tell me who I need to talk to about small business permits and licenses?"
2) Repeat Step 1 until someone says, "I can probably answer your question." Or something like that.
3) Explain who you are, what you are trying to do, and ask them if you need a permit and/or license. If they are not sure, ask them WHO you should ask.

Local governments can be a maze, where a lot of different people handle different issues, so the very first hurtle you have to overcome is finding the right person. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Keep notes of the names of who you talk to, what there position is, and the time and date of your conversations. That way, if you have to call someone else, you can start the conversation by saying "Hi my name is <your name>, Joe Schmo at the County Treasurer’s office said you were the person I needed to ask about XYZ. Here’s my question…"

It’s amazing how much easier it is to get your questions answered when you realize that the problem you need to solve is finding the right person to ask your questions to. When you find that person WRITE DOWN THEIR INFORMATION! [Image Can Not Be Found]

There are three governmental entities you’ll need to check with:
1) Municipal/city government where your office will be located;
2) County government in which you’ll be located;
3) State government

If you are forming an LLC or corporation, you’ll need to apply for a Tax Identification number from the IRS, but that’s another topic…

But, the very best place to start is the nearest Small Business Administration chapter. They are there SPECIFICALLY to help you succeed in what you are doing. They can save you a lot of time and energy.

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