Before Getting Started
Before you start your home based business, there are some things you will want to do long before you begin reviewing the legalities. These items can help you determine if working from home is right for you. Remember, understanding the legal requirements for home run business is important, but even if you follow them to the letter of the law, you will face problems if you do not understand all of the needs of your home business. Here are some questions that you will need to answer before you begin pursuing the legal requirements.
Do my clients need to be at my home? If you are anticipating meeting clients at your home, traffic considerations must be made. If you have a steady stream of clients in and out of your home then chances are the town or city may have ordinances that must be taken into consideration. If the client visits are sporadic, this may not be an issue.
Will I have employees in my home? Entrepreneurs who have employees may not qualify for a home business license in their town or city. If it is only one employee, this may not be a problem but it is a good idea to find out beforehand.
Will I be storing equipment or chemicals? Home based business ventures that involve auto repair or other types of work that have hazardous waste may require special permits. They may also be prohibited by zoning.
Does my state require business registration? Even if your town or municipality does not require you register your business, there may be requirements on the state level. It is a good idea to review requirements on the website for the Secretary of State to see if your business falls into any category that has registration requirements.
These are just a few of the questions that you might need to address before starting your home based business. Day care, home health care businesses and other ventures may require that you have specific licensing or other permits as well as home visits by state social service agencies.