Welcome to the Small Business Ideas Forum! We are a community of over 100,000 small business folks with over 163,000 posts for you to browse. We pride ourselves on being the friendliest forum you will find and we'd love to have you as a member of our community. Please take a moment and register for a free account. If you need any help, please contact Chris Logan.

Small Business Ideas Forum

Small Business Ideas Forum

A friendly place to share small business ideas and knowledge, ask questions, find help and encourage others that are involved in the small business industry. Topics include small business marketing, generating revenue and small business computing.

Go Back   Small Business Ideas Forum > General Issues > General Small Business Issues
Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools
Old 18th October 2010, 09:40 AM   #1

Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 9
Default Business License?

Okay...well the deal is I plan to buy an established business in the near future, and I was wondering do I have to get my business license before I buy a business? How does this work and also where can I get the business license I need? Thanx to anyone who provides great information....

bigdre90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Register or log in to remove this ad.
Old 18th October 2010, 09:54 AM   #2
mktgbiz's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New Port Richey, FL
Posts: 1,523


I personally don't know of a business where you have to have a license first.....and if there is, what are they gonna do? arrest you ?

10 years and running....still the most-loved promotional product!
Holiday Greeting Cards:
mktgbiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th October 2010, 05:25 PM   #3

Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Colorado
Posts: 8,047

Eeeeks. Of course you should consider first.

I personally don't know of a business where you have to have a license first.....and if there is, what are they gonna do? arrest you
Must have been before your morning coffee, but how about doctors, pharmacies, contractors, construction, lawyers, etc

You should check at the local/city/county, state and federal level any license requirements and make sure you have that squared away first. Contact each government office based on where you live to find out if any licenses are needed and if so the requirements.

The current owner should be able to explain to you any requirements, but best to double check he/she is accurate.

Search Engine Guide - Small Business Guide to Search Marketing
Small Business Brief - Small Business Ideas Forum, Articles & News
Logan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th October 2010, 04:55 PM   #4
VIP Contributor

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 1,354

Other than some of the professional businesses that Logan mentioned you don't really need a license to start business. You do need to establish register your business with various federal and state agencies. If you are new to business I suggest you check out SBA and SCORE web sites that have lot of good information on starting a business. You can also set up an appointment with a local SCORE chapter where their volunteers can guide you through the process.

AngelBiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st October 2010, 01:03 PM   #5
VIP Contributor
jaairey's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 207

Doesn't the business you are buying have a license? You need to find the rules in your state for transfer of a business that has whatever type of license is currently used. For instance DBA is going to be different from LLC.

jaairey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 3rd October 2011, 10:32 PM   #6
Neil D

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sydney
Posts: 77

There are plenty of businesses where you will need to have a specific licence before you can actually run that business. Childcare (in Australia) is one that springs to mind or potentially security in some markets.

My advice would be to talk to an accountant or lawyer in your specific state/country/county and work out whether the business that you are interested in requires the owner to have a specific licence or permit. Once you know if you need a licence you can get on to the issue of whether the business itself needs a specific licence or permit.

Neil D
Web design Sydney : Homewares
Neil D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th October 2011, 07:32 AM   #7

Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 13

Depends on your business and the state you live in. Some categories of businesses are required to secure a business license. Check with your state on the requirements

LFinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th November 2011, 01:24 PM   #8

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Delaware
Posts: 15

I know this response is a bit late from the original post but anyone interested in obtaining a business license should check with the State where you will be transacting business. In many States you obtain your business license in the county where your business is located, while others require a State license. The best place to start would be to check with the Secretary of State in your State.


Last edited by Beth96; 30th November 2011 at 01:28 PM.
Beth96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th October 2012, 04:57 AM   #9
Senior Member

Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 112

I think its depends on your location and i don't know about the business policy of your state.But every business owner takes it firstly for safer side.

jasminelane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd October 2012, 12:43 AM   #10
Expo Experts

Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 12

Every business do require some kind of permission from the local and state authorities. But as far as License is concerned it is hard to comment as you have not mentioned that what kind of business you want to do and what is your location of business.

Expo Experts is offline   Reply With Quote


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dismantling Your Business In These Tough Economic Times? Allectus General Small Business Issues 4 9th October 2012 02:12 PM
A Great Business Plan BumerM Ecommerce 16 7th December 2011 10:54 PM
So Your Business Is A Sole Proprietorship … What Does That Mean To You? KCMacdonald Small Business Finance 0 21st June 2010 06:11 PM
newbie needs help: sole proprietership vs partnership shellies General Small Business Issues 5 12th January 2010 04:03 AM

Thread Tools

Get Updates
RSS Feeds:
RSS Feed for General Small Business Issues RSS for this Category Only: General Small Business Issues

RSS Feed for Small Business Ideas Forum RSS for Entire Forum
Forum Rules

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Small Business Ideas Forum

At Your Business - Small Business Directory
Free Business Forms - Prewritten Documents
Search Engine Guide
Small business guide to search marketing

Small Business Brief
Fetching the Best Small Business Info

Used Values - Free Links
Blue Book

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2018 - Privacy