I want to base my business location in lake forest, CA.
At the very least, a city business license. You might also have to register with the bureau of automotive repair, although I am not sure about that.....
Liability insurance would also be a good thing; if you hire employees, you will need to get an employer identification number for your business, and deposit payroll taxes. Workers compensation insurance is another requirement.
If you are going to use a name other than your own (i.e. a fictitious business name) then you should do a dba (doing business as) filing and publish in the local newspaper adjudicated for such publications.
If your running a vehicle, commercial vehicle insurance would be appropriate....
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In addition to Mr. Hankin's excellent advice, most cities require you to have a business license whenever you are performing work in their city. Some cities even have representatives driving around looking for work being performed and issuing citations for persons that do not have city business licenses. It happens a lot to contractors. I suspect that performing motorcycle repairs would probably not draw their attention.
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Also consider forming a business entity such as a corporation or limited liability company to minimize your personal liability. While it takes some money to form and maintain, it may save you lots of headache and money in the future depending on your individual circumstances.
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