I would not go to the expense of an entity until it is economically justified by your income. I would substitute a very good liability insurance policy (customized to your needs) and a good contract with your customers (e.g. no advance of funds for customers, method for confirming instructions, change orders by clients, etc.) A business license would be prudent, but I would call the local office to see if it is actually necessary.
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If you are doing business in your municipality you need to get a business license and will have to pay an annual tax for a very small percent of your annual gross sales.
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Mr. Doland provided you with great advice. I would say, have an Attorney draft you some good contracts. Wish you the best.
Ripal Patel, Esq.
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I concur with my three colleagues. You will undoubtedly need a local business license and will be required to pay an amount depending upon your annual income. You need to have sufficient insurance to cover the type of service you will be providing. As there could be a significant amount of expense incurred in setting up an LLC, I would also recommend holding off on setting one up until you have a successful business on-going. Finally, I would strongly suggest having a Contracts/Agreements attorney draft up a couple of contracts for you that you can have your clients sign. That will serve you well in case of any issues. Best of luck.
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