50-State Guide to Establishing a Sole Proprietorship

Everything you need to know to become a sole proprietor in any state.

A sole proprietorship is a one-person business that, unlike corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs), doesn't have to register with the state in order to exist. If you are the sole owner of a business, you become a sole proprietor simply by conducting business. Even though there aren’t complicated start-up requirements for establishing a sole proprietorship, there may be local registration, business license, or permit laws you need to comply with to make your business legitimate. You also need to know about your income tax and business debt obligations because as a sole proprietor you are personally responsible for paying these debts.

To find out what you need to do to establish a sole proprietorship in your state, choose your state from the list below. You will find all the specifics and information you need, including links to forms, government agencies, and other valuable resources.

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