i plan to have a small business to teach sign language out of my home, park, library, etc. do i need to be licensed? it's a self pay. I plan to create a simple website.
You will need a City of Surprise business license. You would be wise to also have some corporate formation documents. Forming an LLC would provide you with a way to limit your personal liability.
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There are typically two types of licenses: a business license from the city and a professional license from the state. Whether or not you need a business license depends on the city in which you conduct your business, not the city where you reside. You do not need a license in order to create a website. One issue is to whom you would be teaching sign language: if it is to folks with a disability this might be deemed "occupational therapy" and might be regulated under Chapter 34 of Title 32 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (i.e., A.R.S. 32-3401 et seq). If that is the case you may need to be licensed as a therapist under the Chapter by the State. If, however, you are teaching sign language to non-impaired individuals, then you likely do not need to be licensed under the Chapter.
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