Coming up with a small business startup concept is often the easiest part. Having it to real fruition is the most troublesome part which extends up to the maintenance of the actual operation. One side of starting a business plan is obtaining license for operation. It includes all the legal works, registrations, taxes and permits. We may see this as a regular process for new businesses, but it may vary depending on your business industry and location.


Small Business Startup And Business License

For some, identifying the processes and overlapping permits is tedious enough. I couldn’t agree more. In the US, obtaining business license may vary according to the jurisdiction or state you will operate your business in. Although the license itself is already a permit which should suffice in most cases, other states still require further sets of permits. For instance, if your business falls on food and health industries, sanitary permits and other EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) qualifications will be needed as well aside from the operation permit. Depending on the state, you may also have to obtain several more documents from the Occupation Safety and Health Organization or OSHA and the Health Department.


Registration Of Small Business

Registration is another task prerequisite to getting a license. Nonetheless, there are states which no longer require permits once a registration has been done because it is already considered a license in itself. If the geographical area you are in is a known commercial area, the chances are you may not be required to get other documentations aside from the registration form. I think this is a very good advantage to budding businessmen.


Small Business Startup And Government Agencies

The time you may consume in finalizing the requirements is doubled by the fact that you have to deal with different agencies. However, dealing with multiple agencies and departments also varies according to the state. In Washington DC, you may have to be accredited by the Department of Consumers and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) even if you are just classified as a small business. While bigger businesses and many small businesses may be required to submit compliance with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for the regulation of public space, Department of Health (DOH) for professional licenses especially if your small business is a servicing type, and the Office of Zoning (DCOZ) which is responsible for controlling land use, you may still be exempted if you the type of business you have does not need to be inspected for general public safety and welfare such as clothe merchandising, retailing of safe commodities and servicing with no professional licensing.


Special Requirements As Replacements

Small Business StartupPennsylvania is considered by many as the place with most lenient requirements as they will allow small businesses to operate even just by registering online. This is an effective tactic by far in encouraging the citizens to venture into small businesses and keep the state’s economy afloat. I, myself, see this as the most convenient way to open a business in the whole of America.

This system is regulated by the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industry and the state government itself. Nonetheless, to continue in business operation, Pennsylvania requires New Hire Reporting where the entrepreneur himself/herself needs to report as a new hire.

The process of opening your business may not be an easy task. But since you are just about to operate a small business startup, the time before you open is definitely shorter than what most big business may experience.