Doing Business in Other States

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  1. arlener

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    I am starting a weight-loss support group and the group leaders will be Independent Contractors, paid a percentage of what their members pay in.
    Everyone should not pay their leaders but they should send check or m.o. to my PO Box.
    If I am a sole proprietor and I want to do business all around the country, do I have to register my business name in all the states and how much will it cost?
    Same question if I incorporate.
     
  2. Fergal

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    arlener have you tried contacing your local IRS office? You can get their contact details here.
     
  3. Kay

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    Check out this government site at http://www.business.gov/register/incorporation/

    If you scroll down the page you'll see the links for every individual state.
     
  4. myusacorporation

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    arlener,

    Technically, you don't need to register a DBA in all states. You can do business in other states under the name you have registered in one state, as long as you don't have "significant presence" in those other states (of course the term itself is debatable, but judging by your activity I would say its safe).

    I would recommend to register an LLC for your business, to reduce liability among other things, and pursue your business under that entity. If your business grows and you feel that you need to establish legal presence in some other states you will be able to go through a process called Foreign Qualification – in essence creating a Foreign Entity for you LLC in that other state.

    You can read more about that on our site: Forming Foreign Entity.

    Hope that helps
     

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