It is one thing to know that you can do something, for instance, earn online income, but it is another to plan how to do the activity. When it comes to starting any type of business, there are some basic legal considerations and actions to be accomplished.


Performing business online, or just earning online income, is not without some basic regulation. For most new Internet entrepreneurs the most difficult part of online business start-up is learning exactly what is legally required.

Do It Legally

If you reside within the United States of America, I suggest starting with the Small Business Administration, the IRS, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau. Use these institutions to help you learn what your local area requires for you to develop your small business legally and online. The Federal Trade Commission ( FTC ) provides extensive information regarding consumer protection and regulates truth-in-advertising issues:

The Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration ( SBA ) is the best place to start learning about what is required and where to go for help. The SBA has offices in every state of the nation ( ) and a wealth of information and services that are freely available online. Be sure to view their site map ( ) to quickly find answers.

The following SBA articles provide excellent startup information:

Follow These 10 Steps to Starting a Business

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Setting Up an Online Business

Home-Based Business

Home-Based Business Zoning Laws

Choose Your Business Structure

How to Find the Right License and Permit For Your New Business

Licenses and Permits

State Licenses and Permits

Register Your Business

Learn About Business Laws

Just Started a Business? Understand your Tax Obligations

Filing and Paying Taxes

What is An EIN and Why Is It Important?

And, now to The Internal Revenue Service
( IRS  )

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

A – Z Index for Business

Business or Hobby? Answer Has Implications for Deductions

Five Basic Tax Tips about Hobbies

Is Your Hobby a For-Profit Endeavor?

Income & Expenses

Question: How do you distinguish between a business and a hobby?


U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Better Business Bureau





VAT Number

Do US Companies Need VAT Numbers?


These references and resources should get you started in the right direction.

For more information regarding how to start earning online income but in a less complicated manner, read the post:

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