Business License

by Jackie

Since I'm going to be opening a home based business, is forming my LLC the same as having my business license or is that something separate I also have to obtain?


A business license is something issued by your municipality. Business licenses usually apply only to businesses that are open to the public in some way--typically, storefront businesses.

Many home-based businesses do not need a business license.

For example, if you're selling goods on ebay from home, you probably don't need a business license. If you're running a website-only business, you probably don't need a business license.

On the other hand...

If you're operating a child daycare facility out of your home, then yes, you probably will need a business license (along with other government licenses).

If you don't mind sharing, what type of home based business are you operating?

I might be able to help you figure out if you even need to contact your local municipality to obtain a business license.

Comments for Business License

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 13, 2013
Needing a business license for mobile installs
by: Anonymous

I would like to know if my LLC is good enough for my electronics installation services for home or car in the clark county las vegas NV area or if I need a business license for being mobile only?

Aug 28, 2012
Business and/or LLC License needed?
by: Regina

I have an organization I started in 2010 and I run out of my home called 2ndSemester! School Supply Drive.

Do I need a business license or LLC to get my EIN?

2ndSemester! is a community outreach program that provides supplies for families that may not be able to afford them. I ask for donations, people donate supplies, sometimes a dollar here and there so I can purchase supplies. Then on a date agreed upon by me and the school/organization I am working with, I pass out the supplies.

Thanks for the help!
Regina J.

Jul 04, 2012
LLC vs. business license
by: Anonymous

I have a catering business out of my home. OK or not? Is having an LLC the same as having my business license?


No, a business license is different from an LLC.

Whether you need a business license depends on where you live (state and city) and what you are doing.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Ask a Question About LLCs.

comments powered by Disqus