Individual business requirements vary greatly by state, community, industry
and the nature of the specific business, but the following list gives an
overview of fairly common general business requirements.
File a DBA with the correct authorities.
Obtain a business license.
Register with the Secretary of State.
Apply for a federal tax identification number, also known as an Employer
Identification Number (EIN), with the IRS.
Comply with professional, environmental, disability and other regulations
specific to your business.
Comply with sales and use tax requirements, particularly if you plan on
selling goods in a state with sales tax.
Obtain workers' compensation insurance.
Fill out an I-9 form for each new worker.
Collect a W-4 form from each new employee.
Collect a Tax Code from each new employee.
Withhold the correct amount of taxes and social security from your
employees' paychecks and deposit the withholdings with the IRS.
Comply with OSHA.
Comply with labor regulations.
It is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer and a tax
professional about your business' individual requirements.