Starting an online store can be daunting and intimidating. You have to learn about ecommerce, drop shipping, shipping logistics, marketing, coding, and so much more. While trying to take in all this new information, it can be easy to miss a step or two along the way. One of the biggest items often forgotten is the legal requirements and licensing fees. Imagine how horrible it would be if you got your store running and were making a profit, but then had to be shut down because you didn’t have the right business license, or you didn’t properly file your taxes. Instead of waiting for the worst to happen why not learn how to protect yourself and your store against common legal pitfalls?
There is a common misconception that you do not need a business license to sell online, especially if you are only planning to sell on eBay or Amazon. In some instances this is true, for example if you sell one item that you found in your garage on eBay you won’t need a business license. However, if you do plan on running and operating a business, single-handed or with employees, you need to plan on getting a business license. According to sba.gov, “for the most part, the steps to starting an online business are the same as starting any business.”
Listed below are a couple legalities that you should take care of while starting your own business. We will also focus on a couple other legal headaches you may come across while running your own store.
Please note that this guide is not comprehensive, and that there are many other legal tasks that should be considered. When starting your own business, please take the personal responsibility of making sure everything is taken care of.