How do I obtain a business license for my startup?
I assume your question is not so much about a specific professional license, like a realtor license, etc. as it is about establishing a business entity. There are a number of legal structures for a business entity, LLC, Partnership, S-corp, C-corp, Sole partnership. Conduct on-line reseach to understand the implications of each structure. Once you decide the appropriate structure, you need to register with your state. A simple on-line search will provide tons of information on the different structures and should give you access to the relevant forms. In most states, the Controllers Office oversees business filings. The process usually takes 6-8 weeks and entails the following steps: reserving a name, applying for a certificate, then filing required documents relevant to your chosen entity structure. In addition to the state filings, you will need to get an EIN from the IRS. You can get an EIN on-line, it takes less than 5 minutes.