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In Washington state you would just need a business license to do such work.You apply for this online here.You are likely going to need an EIN number then for the business.
EIN for the business
This will allow you to consult and receive payments for your business here.
I appreciate the chance to help you today.Thanks again and good luck with the business.
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You would need a license here if you want to be a legal consultant and be paid for it.Washington state requires a license do do contractor consulting.Otherwise you are illegal here and unlicensed.You can be fined and this would affect your ability to keep on doing this trade down the road.The state of Washington can come after you for operating illegally.You don't want that.You don't need a credit history to register and receive a license.
They can hire you as an employee and pay you cash.That keeps you off the grid here.But if you want to go legitimate you need a license and an EIN for tax purposes later on.
So you may have to take smaller jobs here until you have been her enough time to get bond, etc.You hope no one complains here about you not having license.May be the best you can do.
Yes it s a good way to be legitimate and get off to a good start here.