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I have been studying and working at making money online for about 7 months now. However, it wasn't until very recently I've come across a couple instances where someone posted about 'check your local laws on internet trading' when talking about starting your online business.

My question is this, are there places that require you to buy some kind of license to create and sell info products online? if so, what's a good website to find my local laws related to this issue? I really don't want to pay a few hundred bucks to ask a lawyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by skeetermcgee View Post

    My question is this, are there places that require you to buy some kind of license to create and sell info products online?
    Pretty much all of them do. It's not expensive; I pay about $60 annually for my business licensing.

    Check with your local, county, and state government websites about what you need when starting a business. You don't need a lawyer for this, generally, and you can usually get all the licensing you need online with just one or two forms to fill out. You may need to make a good old-fashioned phone call to the county clerk's office, or even get in the car and go there.

    But I licensed my business almost 25 years ago, at the age of 16, with an hour-long bus ride and $20. It's not hard.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      I licensed my business almost 25 years ago, at the age of 16, with an hour-long bus ride and $20.
      Did that include the bus-fare and the licensing? Inquiring minds will want to know ...
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Did that include the bus-fare and the licensing?
        It was a ride on the Fairfax Connector, which was only a quarter. And I got change back from the $20, so chances are it did include bus fare.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

          It was a ride on the Fairfax Connector, which was only a quarter.
          Fair enough - "just testing". And just think, if I hadn't asked you, I'd have continued being a skepchick when people told me that 25 years ago you could get an hour-long bus ride for a quarter.
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          • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            And just think, if I hadn't asked you, I'd have continued being a skepchick when people told me that 25 years ago you could get an hour-long bus ride for a quarter.
            Only within Fairfax County; the full-blown DC Metrobus system was charging 85 cents for similar rides at the time, and $1.15 across transfer zones.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    None that I've ever heard of. I haven't had one since I had a business out of my home where clients came for consultation.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I heard that if you live in Chicago and you have a blog, there is a business license in the range of $300.

    In Colorado and North Carolina, you cannot be an affiliate for Amazon.

    Other than this, I have not heard anything.

    But I am not a lawyer in your jurisdiction, so in a court of law, my opinion means squat.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      I heard that if you live in Chicago and you have a blog, there is a business license in the range of $300.
      That's Philly, you Okie...

      In Chicago you need "protection"...

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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

        That's Philly, you Okie...

        In Chicago you need "protection"...

        ~Bill

        Sorry. I guess I assumed that draconian legislation like that would come from a city govt that was historically corrupt.
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    • Profile picture of the author Wealthyclark
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      I heard that if you live in Chicago and you have a blog, there is a business license in the range of $300.
      You just might be the funniest guy on the forum, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    If you are in the US, then you can see if your municipality is listed here:

    Municode Library

    You can learn a lot about local ordinances, too. We have some really interesting ones here that I never knew about.

    However, you should only consider this site as a starting point. If nothing else, you may be able to contact your Clerk of Courts, BUT there's a chance that they won't quite understand the true nature of your business, so be patient.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    Many cities and/or counties (need to check both) require licenses for home businesses.

    One main reason is to make sure the home business is not a neighborhood nuisance.

    - Will clients be stacking up cars in the neighborhood?

    - Are you storing toxic materials?

    - Is Risky Business your model?

    Often it is a nominal fee, although some places jack the license fee to generate revenue.
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    • Profile picture of the author rts2271
      A business that isn't licensed is not a business in the US. Every state and most counties have a licensing requirement for ALL businesses.

      From a business perspective who do you want to deal with, a business? or a hobyist?
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by rts2271 View Post

        A business that isn't licensed is not a business in the US. Every state and most counties have a licensing requirement for ALL businesses.

        From a business perspective who do you want to deal with, a business? or a hobyist?
        Funny ... none of my customers never ask to see my "business" license or my hobby license. :p
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
        Originally Posted by rts2271 View Post

        A business that isn't licensed is not a business in the US. Every state and most counties have a licensing requirement for ALL businesses.
        This is not true at all. In fact, it is very, very untrue.
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  • Profile picture of the author donhx
    Originally Posted by skeetermcgee View Post

    I have been studying and working at making money online for about 7 months now. However, it wasn't until very recently I've come across a couple instances where someone posted about 'check your local laws on internet trading' when talking about starting your online business.

    My question is this, are there places that require you to buy some kind of license to create and sell info products online? if so, what's a good website to find my local laws related to this issue? I really don't want to pay a few hundred bucks to ask a lawyer.
    Almost all cities and town in the U.S. require a business license. The fee varies as you can see from posts here. Check with your local City Hall. By the way, most Counties don't have such laws, so if you live outside the city limits you may not need one, but check.

    One thing that does apply to everyone in virtually every state is the collection of sales tax. You must register with your state government for that. You will find you are required to pay sales tax on product sales made within your state, but not elsewhere at this point. Most states have heavy pentaties if they discover you are not collecting sales tax and remitting it to them.
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    • Profile picture of the author skeetermcgee
      thank you everyone for the input.

      I just emailed my city planning dept for more info. I just never thought that selling info products online from my kitchen table would be treated the same as brick and mortar business with a physical location, products, and employees.

      But hey, if you don't ask, you won't know.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
        Originally Posted by skeetermcgee View Post

        thank you everyone for the input.

        I just emailed my city planning dept for more info. I just never thought that selling info products online from my kitchen table would be treated the same as brick and mortar business with a physical location, products, and employees.

        But hey, if you don't ask, you won't know.
        Well you've just overcomplicated a very simple thing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary King
        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        Funny ... none of my customers never ask to see my "business" license or my hobby license. :p
        Mine either. It's typically not the customers that care if there's a requirement... it's the folks that get the revenue from the licensing.


        Originally Posted by skeetermcgee View Post

        I just emailed my city planning dept for more info. I just never thought that selling info products online from my kitchen table would be treated the same as brick and mortar business with a physical location, products, and employees.
        In many cities, there's a small business development organization (usually not for profit) that may shed some light on things for you with a phone call or email if you don't get any joy... not sure the planning dep't is the right place, but maybe you'll get somewhere.

        Good luck!

        Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author upto20
    Laws? I really don't guess so..there a lot of successful IM people today who were just using free elements for their sales and promotions but why not search on the internet everything is here though!
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