Whether you are selling online or running a home based business, the same compliance rules will apply. As an example, if you have a commercial business location you will most likely need an occupational license, but if you have a home based business you will need a home occupation license.
Just like a storefront location, any businesses selling taxable goods or services online will be required to get a Seller’s Permit so they can collect and remit sales tax to the state.
Other common business licenses for an online business are:
- DBA (Doing Business As) or fictitious name
- Professional licenses (e.g. lawyers or doctors)
- Trade licenses (e.g. HVAC companies or plumbers)
- Health Department permits (If your business deals with prepared foods)
- Weights and measures permits (If your business deals with items needing to be weighed)
- Workers compensation and unemployment insurance (If you have employees)
- Zoning permits (If you have a home based business and have clients come to your home)
Although it is not an exhaustive list, those are the most common business licenses and permits for those operating an online business.