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I know all the answers to all your questions with the exception of whether being here on a VISA makes a difference.
Would you like me to answer all the others first, and then research the visa issue? While I'm at it, do you know how to get a business license for your type of business? You'll need one for the state and maybe city and county for many types of businesses.
I'll wait to hear back from you,
Jane Doe, Deer
I'm a sole proprietor, too.
Even if you're a solo, however, you need to obtain any required businesses licenses from the state, cities, and whatever. What city, county and state will your business be located in? And will it be in your house or will you be renting? When you let me know I'll look up everything for you. Then it's up to you what to do next.
Here is a website where you can find out what licenses you need to start a business. http://www.nys-permits.org/
You should be able to find out the answer to your visa question here, too. New York would be the business location because that's where you are.
Just Answer is also an online business, as are many other businesses. The office website address should be able to answer all your questions.
I used to run a website business myself in Washington State. I did not need a business license to run it from my home; maybe you won't either.
Now I run my law practice from my home, and I DO need a business license.
Every state has its own peculiarities.
Best of luck,
If I sufficiently answered your question, please "accept." Otherwise, please write back with any followup questions you may have.
No, that's not true. As soon as you start "doing business" - advertising and providing a service - you are "in business."
You don't have to make money to have a business. In fact, you can write business losses off of your other income. You can also use your business to buy things to use in your business.
If someone transfers $3.00 to you to pay for goods or service it is income and has to be reported on your taxes unless it is a gift.
If you barter an hour for an hour for something, it's still considered income even if you call it bartering.
I didn't mean for you to search the website on the VISA question. I think you should call them.