Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight
delay between your follow ups and my replies.I am a certified wedding planner, but I am unsure of the licenses my business will need.
In Florida, one does not need a state license to be a wedding planner. Your certification comments on your formal education in the matter and gives clients more confidence in your abilities, but it is not state-mandated. I was warned that a sole-proprietorship would be the best option for my small business as it grows.
I am guessing there you are talking about corporations. Should you incorporate or not? Many businesses do, but it is not mandatory. The main reason for incorporation is liability protection. If something goes wrong, the client can sue the business, but not you personally. In other words, they can attack the business assets for judgment (if they get a judgment), but not your own. This is called personal liability protection. For a small business that is slowly growing, an LLC is actually preferred.I was also informed that I need to get a fictitious name license.
If you want to. For example, if Joe has a flower store, they do not call the flower store "Joe." They call it "Joe's Flowers." You can get a fictitious name certificate for your business either incorporated or not. For example, you can be:
Amanda working as "Amanda's Weddings"
Amanda Corp, LLC, working as "Amanda's Weddings."
Either you or your corp (if you incorporate) can have a fictitious name. See here
.Also, I was told that in Florida, I do not need a business licensee since I am using a cell phone and a P.O. box as an address. Are these three things true?
Yes and no. As discussed, wedding planners do not need a business license in Florida. The fact that you are using a cell phone and/or a PO Box does not matter.Also, what is required for my business as far as insurance?
There is no requirement for business insurance
for a wedding planner in Florida. However, should you wish to get insurance, this is your choice.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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