Starting a business can be very exciting! You’ve got a great idea and can’t wait to get underway. But have you considered which state laws may apply to your type of business? What about local regulations? These are questions that must be addressed during the planning phase so that there are no unpleasant surprises down the road.
We would like to share some information about some laws, regulations, and ordinances that may affect you and your business based on the nature and location of your business‘s operations. Please consider the following during the initial planning stage of any business venture:
- Zoning – Cities and counties often have strict zoning laws that govern what types of businesses are permitted in specific areas. In addition, there are often restrictions governing whether and what kind of businesses are permissible to operate from your home.
- Licensing and Permits – Depending on the nature of your business, a special license may be needed. If sales are made, a resale permit may be required. It is crucial to be properly licensed prior to commencing business activities of any kind.
- Taxes – As one of the two certainties in life, your business venture will invariably be subjected to taxes of some kind. Common taxes include those for sales, income, and employment. Cities or counties often assess tax on business property, as well.
- Employees– There are many additional laws that apply to businesses with employees that govern everything from worksite safety to hiring and firing practices. The laws and regulations governing the employment relationship are complicated, numerous, and ever-changing.
- Health, Safety, and the Environment – Again, depending on the type of business, a variety of inspectors may be stopping by periodically to ensure that you are complying with all applicable laws and regulations. This is especially true for any business that deals with food or that produces any type of potentially hazardous waste products.
- Intellectual Property – Copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets are various ways in which intellectual property can be protected. Although the laws governing these areas of law can be confusing and cumbersome, having the proper protection in place is essential.
To ensure that you are complying with all applicable laws from the beginning, we advise that you consult with a business law attorney during the planning stage for your business. Please give us a call at 530-345-2212 or e-mail us at email@example.com if you would like more information or to set up an appointment. We would be happy to help you ensure that your business venture starts off on the right track.