If you want to open a business, you’ll have to undergo a series of steps before the government issues you a business license. Owning a business license means that your business is legally allowed to operate in the state of Michigan. You might want to hire an attorney during this time to make sure that you’re doing everything correctly.
How do you apply for a business license?
To start, you’ll need to apply for a building permit if you plan on building a new office or renting an existing one. Once you’ve figured out where you’re going to operate, you’ll have to register your business with the government. If you’re starting a partnership or an incorporated business, you’ll have to register with the state. Otherwise, you can register your business with the county.
After you’ve registered your business, you’ll need to apply for a federal tax ID so that your business complies with the local tax laws. You’ll also need to apply for a business license. To apply, you’ll need your building permit, driver’s license, tax ID, land contract and other documents. You’ll also need to pay the business filing fee. A government employee will review your documents and determine whether you’ve complied with business law.
Depending on your type of business, the government might require additional documents and licenses. For example, you’ll need a liquor license if you plan on selling alcohol. A business law attorney could tell you more about what you need to include in your application. If you’ve supplied all the necessary information, the government will issue your business license, allowing you to start operating legally. Note that business licenses expire after a certain period of time, so you’ll have to get it renewed periodically.
Are you starting your own business?
Many people have no idea where to start when they think about launching their own business. It’s not as simple as renting a building and setting up shop–you have to obtain licenses, fill out paperwork and make sure that you’re operating legally. An attorney could help you apply for a business license and get your operation started.