Looking to start a business in Michigan.

Asked over 1 year ago - Kalamazoo, MI

I'm a college student in Michigan and a buddy and I are looking into starting a food delivery service that delivers food from area restaurants that do not deliver (McDonalds, Wendy's, Subway.. etc.) We assume we would have to acquire explicit permission from the restaurant. On the other hand, we are wondering what types of legal hoops we would have to jump through in order to operate legally and safely. Would we be required to obtain a specific certificates or documents of the sort? And what other legal aspects are we looking at?

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  1. Thomas R. Morris

    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . I know of no reason why you would need the restaurant's permission. However, if you advertise using their name, you may need their permission.

    If you operate under an assumed name, you need to register with the county (if a partnership or sole propreitorship. If you enploy someone there are a number of legal requirements, so I will assume that you will have no employee. I am not aware of any other legal requirements other than a driver's license and proper insurance if you use an automobile.

    You may want to consider forming an LLC or corporation, and you should consider whether more than the minimm of insurance is adequate.

    This answer is for discussion purposes only and will not be considered legal advice. Further, a court could... more
  2. John F. Brennan

    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . Set yourself up as a delivery service hired by the end consumer, see an attorney, set up a limited liability entity, determine your share of the profits and losses, if you are going to have employees. And what coverages you need.

    To the PROSPECTIVE client, please call myself or another attorney for your choice with more detaiils and an... more
  3. Reese Serra

    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . I agree with Thomas and John. You need to start an entity and file for an FEIN. I can assist for a fee. Sincerely, Reese Serra

    This advise is only being offered as a courtesy. We do not have an attorney-client relationship and I do not... more

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