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  • Start a Cleaning Business in Maryland - Maryland Cleaning Business License, Laws and Regulations
    contain abbreviations that may imply profane or offensive meanings Your business name should not have implied associations with groups that have nothing to do with your business The right business name can be a valuable asset so great care must be taken in selecting and protecting it However you should not begin using a business name until you are sure you can use it Visit the Maryland Business Entity Name Search page to search for available business names It will help if you check telephone business or trade directories and other sources for business names that may seem confusingly similar For further assistance in selecting a business name that will attract and keep customers visit business gov for their page on how to name your business guide You may also engage the services of a trademark attorney who could handle the entire process in your name Registration of Business Name Registering your business will ensure that the business name you have chosen cannot be legally used by another business You will be more legally protected as you use your registered name and become publicly known by that name Registration is required so that a comprehensive registry of all business and corporate information in the whole state is available for public reference Registration also makes sure that the state has an orderly legal system and marketplace Without business name registration the public or other businesses that do transactions with other business may have no way of knowing the persons or entities with whom they are doing business Registration provides public notice as to who owns or stands behind a business entity If your business is not registered you cannot file a lawsuit in court as a business The Department of Assessments and Taxation registers companies that do business in Maryland issues business charters registers trade names and provides information on other corporate matters To obtain a Trade Name Application for doing business as DBA call 410 767 1340 For reservation of a business name for future use call 410 767 1340 Domain Name Having an online presence is one of the prerequisites of modern business This is especially true if you are considering owning a cleaning business People now almost automatically go to the Internet for whatever information they need In this light it pays to have a website for your cleaning business that your clients can access whenever they need someone to clean their premises It is important that the domain name you select reflect your website or cleaning business As much as possible your domain name should also be your website name This way there would be fewer things your customer must remember to get to you on the web Giving your website the same name as your domain is important since people think of its name when they think of your website The domain name you want might not be available because somebody else has bought it ahead of you You may have entered late into the game so others have beaten you to that name So what are you to do If you are really bent on getting it especially if you already have an existing brand name or business that you own and have been known for it you would probably do everything you can to get it One option is to offer to buy the domain name from its owner You can find out who the owner is by checking up the whois information available for the domain and get in touch with the person or company listed as the current owner If they are willing to sell be prepared to pay a bit more than if you are getting a new domain name If you are just beginning in your business try obtaining an available domain first one that fits your business type and then name your website and business too after the domain name you have bought For example you were able to buy the domain name mycleaningbusiness com then you may name your business and website My Cleaning Business Business Logo Your company can benefit from a logo that is appropriate for the image your company wants to project It can also help your clients remember your cleaning service so that the first thing they think of when they need a cleaning service is your company You can certainly count on the right logo to be one of your most effective marketing tools in promoting and expanding your cleaning business Consider the following tips when getting a logo What are the value creativity and quality you want your business to have Observe the type of logos your competitors use What you want is a logo that will make you stand out from the other cleaning companies Make sure that the color palette and shapes you choose would elicit positive effects in your cleaning business Get the services of one or several good graphic artists who will design a logoyou re you Provide them relevant information about your business its name and other important facts that the designer can use as basis for conceptualizing the logo design Show the finished logo to your family friends and potential clients and ask for their valuable opinions Revise the logo using the reactions and comments you have received as starting point Test your logo once more and revise as needed You can trademark the logo if you want Have business cards letterhead signs and packaging carry the final logo design Tips You can help your clients associate the logo with your business by always adding your business name beneath the logo Not all logos need to be a graphic or picture icon A graphically customized business name can also serve the same purpose Make sure that you acquire all the legal rights for present and future use of your logo Legal Structure of Your Cleaning Business The first step in the process of establishing your cleaning business in the State of Maryland is to determine which form of business structure is most suitable for your operations The four most common forms of business structure are the sole proprietorship partnership corporation and limited liability company Each structure has certain advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration The business structure you decide on will determine the legal requirements of your business There are particular laws pertaining to the regulations that you as a cleaning business owner are required to comply Once you have chosen the appropriate structure for your cleaning business the next step is to complete the necessary registration requirements You must register with the state of Maryland if your business is a corporation a non profit a limited liability company or a partnership limited or limited liability Sole proprietorships or general partnerships require no legal entry formalities except compliance with State and local licensing and taxation requirements For assistance in selecting the best legal structure for your cleaning business visit business gov s Business Incorporation guide In the end however the assistance of a professional accountant or legal counsel may be needed There are several business structures that you could use for your cleaning business Each one of them differ some important features Sole Proprietorship It is the most common type of legal structure and most appropriate for small businesses because it is easy to establish and run The owner or sole proprietor of the cleaning business has full and total control of the business and is not held accountable to any partner or investors The money invested in the business is purely the owner s The one great disadvantage of a sole proprietorship is that the owner is solely responsible for all the financial responsibilities of the business If the business operations fail the personal assets of the business owner may be utilized to pay the financial obligations incurred by the cleaning business The sole proprietor is also the only one responsible for the employer s share of the employees taxes which pegged at 15 could mean a tremendous strain on resources General Partnership this structure has two or more partners sharing investments profits and losses generated by the business The profits or losses from the business will be on the individual tax returns of the respective partners who are responsible for the operation decision making and financial obligations of the business Limited Partnership LP comprises general partners in charge of running the business and are subject to personal liability and limited partners who put investments in the business but have only their investments exposed to business risks Limited Liability Partnership LLP this is similar to limited partnerships The only difference is all partners have limited liability This structure offers both the pass through taxation of a partnership and the protection from liability of a corporation Corporation this is the most common form among bigger companies Corporations are separate and distinct from their owners It has juridical personality that is subject to taxation for any profits it will realize and is liable for any financial responsibilities it will sustain One advantage of this legal structure is that investors do not have personal liability on the business Their liabilities are limited to the amount they invested A disadvantage though is that investors have very little or no control at all on the running of the corporation This is left to professional managers who get paid for doing this job C Corporations These are publicly held companies where stock shares are sold to the public who get their share of earnings when the corporation earns money One clear disadvantage of this business structure is that your income is double taxed The corporation pays taxes for income realized before they pay dividends to the stock holders The dividends earned by the stockholders will be taxed too since they must be declared as part of their income No special allotments of itemized tax exist in Maryland Corporations Investments poured on the corporation can be taxed unless the incorporators meet the eighty percent control test of Section 351 as provided by the Internal Revenue Code All shareholders may not deduct losses from their corporate income S Corporations This business structure is not subject to double taxation like a C Corporation since this type enjoys special tax status with the IRS Forming an S corporation allows you to benefit from the limited liability of a corporate shareholder but pay income taxes like you were the sole proprietor of the business or just a partner In a regular or C corporation the company itself is taxed on profits earned from the business The owners have to pay individual income tax only on money they get from the corporation as dividends bonuses or salary In an S corporation on the other hand all business earnings pass through to the owners who must report them on their personal tax returns An S corporation itself doesn t pay income tax However such a corporation which has more than one owner is obligated to file an informational tax return to report each owner s share of the income of the corporation The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation accepts documents to create corporations limited partnerships limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships The department also registers business entities which are formed in other states or countries and are doing business in Maryland Registration of trade names for businesses operating under a title other than the owner s name is also provided All businesses that operate as corporations limited partnerships limited liability companies or limited liability partnerships are required to register with the Department For registration of a Business Name form a legal entity such as a corporation LLC LLP LP business trust or foreign corporation call 410 767 1340 Entities with questions concerning the sale of their own securities should contact the Maryland Office of the Attorney General Securities Division at 410 576 7045 For registration of a general partnership or sole proprietorship call 410 767 4991 Employer Identification Number You must have an Employer Identification Number EIN if your business has employees EIN identifies the tax accounts of employers corporations partnerships limited liability companies with more than one owner estates trusts and other entities Under federal rule you also need an EIN if you have a qualified retirement plan operate your business as a corporation or partnership or file employment taxes or excise taxes An Employer Identification Number EIN is the same as a Federal Tax Identification Number You may apply for one using various methods such as online by phone mail or fax Apply Online This is the preferred method The information you entered in the online application is validated during the session and an EIN is immediately issued You can access the online application at the Internal Revenue Service website Apply Toll Free Telephone Services You can get your EIN immediately by contacting the Business and Specialty Tax Line They will get your information assign your EIN and gives the number to an authorized person Apply by Fax You can send by fax the completed Form SS 4 application If you provide your fax number they will send your EIN within four business days Apply by Mail Processing time for application for EIN through mail is usually four weeks Registration for State Taxes Businesses that operate in the state of Maryland are required to register for one or more tax specific identification numbers licenses or permits income tax withholding sales and use tax seller s permit and unemployment insurance tax You can visit the following websites of agencies responsible for business registration and your tax obligations Business Tax Registration Tax Information and Forms All businesses must fulfill their tax obligations to the federal government and the State of Maryland To help determine the taxes for which your business will be liable complete Maryland s Combined Registration Application which can be submitted on line from the Comptroller s web site For additional information on obtaining and completing the Combined Registration Application contact Taxpayer Registration Assistance Center Comptroller of the Treasury 301 West Preston Street Rm 206 Baltimore MD 21201 Telephone 410 767 1300 Other local taxes in Maryland require no additional registration New businesses must contact the Internal Revenue Service IRS to register for an employer identification number income tax business and employee withholding social security federal unemployment insurance and other federal taxes The IRS provides business kits for three types of businesses sole proprietorships partnerships and corporations If you need more additional information contact Internal Revenue Service 31 Hopkins Plaza Baltimore MD 21201 Telephone 410 962 2590 Toll free 800 829 1040 Getting an Maryland Business License Not all businesses need to obtain a license while some types of businesses do need to have more than one No generic state business license exists For local business occupational license or permits for operating cleaning services in each incorporated city or town you need to get in touch with local authorities as they may have their own restrictions or requirements for licenses permits zoning rules and taxes These may affect the operation of your business Local license requirements ensure that registered businesses are safe to the public and given legal protections to which a licensed business is entitled A business may be inspected or visited and required to fulfill local zoning building and parking requirements before being issued a license Each business location in majority of cases will require a business license Maryland now has Business License Information System BLIS a web based system that helps new and existing business owners find out which state licenses and permits they need to legally operate in Maryland By providing most of the necessary information this online system greatly reduces the time and money that small and mid sized companies typically spend researching the legal requirements of business licenses Operating a Business in Maryland There are several things you should do so you could operate your cleaning business legally in Maryland Pay Your Taxes Most businesses established in Maryland are required to pay their business taxes to the Maryland Department of Revenue You can go to the following websites for guidance on how to file and pay business taxes File Maryland Taxes Online Maryland Tax Forms and Information As an employer you must also pay Unemployment Insurance Tax and Workers Compensation Insurance Keep Your Business and Professional Licenses and Permits in Good Standing You can visit the Licenses and Permits which has links to services and information for applying and renewing Maryland permits and licenses Hire and Manage Employees If you are just starting your cleaning business you can study the Ten Steps to Hiring a New Employee where you can learn how to comply with federal and state laws concerning labor If you will hire independent contractors for your business it is important that you understand the difference between employees and independent contractors All Maryland business owners and employers should follow federal and state labor laws and equal employment opportunity laws that prohibit discrimination in employing workers Labor Laws Federal Employment and Labor Laws Maryland Employment and Labor Laws Equal Employment Opportunity Laws How to Comply with Federal EEO Laws Guide to Employment Discrimination for Maryland Employers Report New Hires As part of Welfare Reform of 1996 Congress enacted a law called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act PRWORA This law created the requirement for all employers in all 50 states to report their new hires and re hires to a state directory within twenty days of their being hired or rehired You can go to the Maryland New Hire Reporting page for more information on how to register Post Required Notices State and federal laws require employers to display prominently specific posters in the workplace that gives information to employees regarding their rights and responsibilities of employers You can get these free posters from state and federal labor agencies The Workplace Posters page for specific federal and state posters will give you the needed information for your business Adopt Workplace Safety Standards

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  • How to Start a Cleaning Service in Massachusetts, Start a Cleaning Business in Massachusetts
    and residential homes for window and carpet cleaning vacuuming and similar tasks Similar to any other profit making endeavor starting a cleaning business is exciting and challenging However to elevate the chances of success and to avoid problems later on it is important for the business owner to familiarize himself with the basic requirements of starting a business because different states have different sets of laws The laws applicable in the State of California for instance cannot be applied in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Massachusetts is located in the northeastern part of the United States with an estimated population of 6 4 million people mostly inhabiting the capital city of Boston and other cities such as Springfield and Worchester In terms of business the state is known to impose quite a number or regulations and relatively high taxes In the past this has resulted in many businesses transferring their locations to other federal governments with lower taxes but this has not been the case in recent years because of certain measures that have been implemented Examples of these measures are reduced personal income tax rates reduced tax rates on interests and dividends elimination of the estate tax from 1998 and later years elimination of capital gains tax for certain assets and reduced tax on bank income One advantage that the state economy has is a highly educated workforce a result of Massachusetts having the most number of colleges and universities in the country Start a Cleaning Business in Massachusetts A cleaning business operating as a sole proprietorship in Massachusetts can be formed without formalities as long as the necessary licenses are obtained These licenses are issued either by the city or county Income or loss from the business can be filed together with the state personal income tax return If

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  • Start a Cleaning Business in Michigan, Michigan Cleaning Business License, Laws and Regulations
    gather capital Because of different partners there is division of authority It is also difficult to find the most suitable partners Limited Partnership Just like in general partnership the limited partnership has at least two owners The partners could be general or limited The general partner enjoys the portion of the profit as stated in the agreement and has unlimited liability He also manages the business unlike the limited partner who has no power to do so but he has limited liability A Certificate of Limited Partnership is required by the Department of Labor and Economic Growth in the Corporation Division of the Bureau of Commercial Services They also provide the important information and they give assistance to the businesses Their website is www michigan gov corporations where the needed application forms statutes and related publications are available Their contact number is 517 241 6470 Advantages This business structure is more easy to establish rather than in corporation It requires lesser start up costs The business is not liable incase of malpractice or negligence of associates There are tax exemptions enjoyed by this business structure Disadvantages The partners are personally liable for all the contractual debts and obligations C Corporation A Corporation is considered as legal entity with its own rights liabilities and privileges which is separate from those who formed and owned the business The corporation composes three groups of persons directors officers and stockholders It does not involve the owners in earning assets borrowing money and even performing business functions It is however subjected to more regulations of the government The earnings of a corporation are subjected to double taxation if these are qualified as stockholder dividends making it called as C Corporation This type of corporation enjoys the benefits of limited liability Whether a regular corporation or a c corporation it is required to form its Articles of Incorporation and must be submitted to the Department of Labor Economic Growth Bureau of Commercial Services Corporation Division Assistance and marginal information are provided in this office Advantages There is limited liability of the owner It is more easy to raise capital because it can operate as a separate entity The ownership of stocks is transferable The operation of the business still continues even the owner becomes incapacitated There is more expertise available to manage the business Disadvantages This is regulated closely It requires an extensive record keeping It is expensive to establish this type of business It requires double taxation one for the business itself and the other one for the individual owners Subchapter S Corporation A Subchapter S Corporation is a special section in the IRS Code which allows the corporation to be taxed like a partnership or a single proprietorship but not in corporate rate A business must meet first certain requirements in order to qualify as this The pertinent information and the details in applying for this are all available in www irs gov Their contact number is 800 829 4933 Articles of Incorporation are also filed in the Department of Labor Economic Growth Bureau of Commercial Services Corporation Division Advantages Double taxation is avoided The incurred losses of the business can be offset from the personal income of owners Disadvantages There are some restrictions It is required to operate on a calendar year for the reporting purposes Professional Service Corporation or PC A Professional Service Corporation or PC is composed of licensed professionals who are authorized legally to extend professional services It is formed to legally allow the professionals to enjoy the advantages of a corporation without altering the law on liability of an individual licensed person An annual information update must be filed consisting of the list of stockholders and attested by an authorized or licensed professional Advantages The owners are protected from the negligence or malpractice of the associates Disadvantages The ownership is restricted only to licensed practitioners with a specific occupation There is more expensive start up costs and more paperwork are required than in single proprietorship or partnership Limited Liability Company or LLC The Limited Liability Company or LLC can be considered as single proprietorship or partnership because of the tax and limited liability reasons It is mostly preferred by newly existing businesses The owners are called as member and it is comparable with the stockholders or limited partners It must have an operating agreement with the member of a limited liability company having one member or between members if they have more members regarding the affairs and conduct of the business If the members fail to do this they are not allowed to enjoy the benefits of having LLC An Articles of Organization is required to be submitted to the Department of Labor and Economic Growth Bureau of Commercial Services Corporation Division Advantages There is limited liability of the owners It enjoys some tax exemptions It requires lesser start up costs as compared with a corporation There is greater flexibility with regards to management as compared with the corporation It is less formal compared to the corporation There is no restriction on the quantity or type of members Disadvantages The transfer of ownership is more difficult rather than in corporation The filing procedures are different in every state This is the latest form of business structure so some practitioners or persons might not be aware or familiar with the proper organization and the operating issues of limited liability Nonprofit Corporation or NPC The Nonprofit Corporation or NPC is a corporate entity wherein there is a limitation on payment or distribution of the business assets profit or income except if it is in accordance to the corporation s purposes This is the same with receiving of profit of the members A nonprofit corporation is organized under Michigan Corporation Act and there are several special acts which permits the formation of wide ranged variety of this The common for this are those involved in charitable religious and educational activities Again an Article of Incorporation must be submitted to Department of Labor Economic Growth Bureau of Commercial Services Corporation Division There are NPC which are qualified to tax exemptions of the federal government This information is available at the IRS office Their contact number is 877 829 5500 and their website is www irs gov There is also Michigan sales tax exemption offered by the state and the information can be obtained in Michigan Department of Treasury with contact number of 517 636 4660 The exemption is good only for the use of the official use of the organization Therefore selling of products to the public is not tax exempted The other information are available online in the website of Department of Treasury at www michigan gov taxes If you want to know if you are exempted to the Single Business Tax you can ask the office of the Department of Treasury Single Business Tax Division in 517 636 4700 A nonprofit organization collecting charitable contributions need to be registered with the Department of Attorney General s Charitable Trust Section Its address is Post Office Box 30214 Lansing Michigan 48909 or in www michigan gov ag and their phone number is 517 373 1152 The said office will give you free of charge the Initial Charitable Trust Charitable Solicitation Questionnaire Getting a Business Name After deciding the structure of your business you need to have a business name Even if you filed a business name in your local county or in the Corporation Division of Bureau of Commercial Services it does not mean that you have the right to that name Therefore you have to choose carefully your business name to avoid repetition Monitor carefully if somebody will use your business name In choosing a business name you can refer to www michigan gov corporations This is an online publication of the Department of Labor Economic Growth You can also contact them in 517 241 6470 regarding this Your legal structure will determine where you will file your business name For the sole proprietorships and co partnerships they can file in the county where the business is or in any business office of the county There must be no repetition of business name to avoid deception and confusion While the limited partnerships corporations and limited liability companies have to file to the Bureau But again the name must be guarded from any repetition Domain Name In choosing a domain name the following must be considered Obvious Blog vs Creative Domain Names You have to decide first whether your domain name be obvious to the internet users or you will create your own The advantage of obvious name is that people can easily find your blog in their keyword searches and it is also easy to remember While if you are going to use a creative name it may become your brand icon in case you become successful With this it will be unique to avoid repetition with competitors Check Your Chosen Domain Name if it is Still Available This is especially needed if you chose an obvious domain name You can check this online including the extension of name you want to use There are several websites which provide this type of service They would even give you suggestions in case the name you want is already taken Make a List of Keywords You Will Use for Your Obvious Domain Name Have time to search the related popular keywords which will fit to you blog This is because you can use these words in your blog to help more customers or readers find you You can visit http weblogs about com od searchengineoptimization tp Top10SEOTips htm for the tips in optimizing search engine Use Your Own Words If you will use creative domain name be sure that it is unique to avoid repetition The following are some useful tips It must be a word clean com Use the word or group of words which are totally not related to your blog broominpalace com Add a prefix or suffix or any other letters to a word home com or home ph Add a word like a or the to the domain name TheHouse com Business Logo Here are steps to create your free logo Step 1 You can use the web for your free logo generator Choose the website which provides a wide array of font size style color and background for your business logo You can have your free logo in just about two days Step 2 Type the message you want in your business logo Step 3 Choose your desired font style size and color Step 4 Generate your free logo through the online service you had chosen Step 5 Save your logo as a jpg file With these steps you will not need extra software to download your logo therefore there is no string attached because you do not need to deal with any logo designer Employer Identification Number or EIN The Employer Identification Number is a nine digit number given to businesses It is used to identify whether it is for state or federal tax purposes Commercial banks do not allow businesses with assumed name to open an account to them without this number For the single proprietorship with no hired employees they are not required by the state to get EIN This is because they are using their personal social security number in determining their taxes But with this it would cause problems like identity theft This is because information on your social security number will be opened to the public EIN is required in partnership s corporation c corporation limited liability company and single proprietorship which has hired employees Always remember that you cannot share your EIN If you are a new owner of the business you are not allowed to use the EIN of the former owner But you can use your existing EIN if you will just add open or purchase a similar operation A new EIN is required if it is a new business line The EIN form also called as the SS 4 can be secured in the IRS office or in their website at www irs gov Their phone number is 800 829 4933 It takes time to process the IEN number therefore it is recommended that this should be done early Registration for State Taxes It is complicated to fully understand the different tax obligations and the preparation of taxes If these are not given proper attention or they are not filed properly you will be charged with penalties and other payments Therefore it would be a good help if you ask assistance from an accountant to teach you your different tax obligations and to prepare income tax returns The following are the different tax obligations you have to know EMPLOYER TAXES Any employer with at least one hired employee must set aside from the wages to be paid to the employee for the state federal or local taxes Part of the responsibilities of the employers are paying the Medicare and Social Security systems and by withholding the amount from the wages as part of the employees participation to the payment The state also requires all employers to pay solely the unemployment insurance of their employees SELF EMPLOYMENT TAXES These are for those who are self employed A self employed person is someone who operates trade profession or business for himself or as partner PERSONAL INCOME TAXES These are for the partner or single proprietors They pay taxes with the federal and state governments on the realized income from the business You will have also to file extra schedule which identifies the income and expenses of your business The partners in partnership have to file partnership return aside from their personal income tax return The corporations are paying taxes based from their business income with the corporate tax rates But the shareholders and employees pay income tax from dividend received from corporation Most of the businesses are required by the state to prepare the Estimated Tax payments every quarter for the income tax self employment tax and federal income tax You may contact the Michigan Department of Treasury in 800 827 4000 and 800 829 1040 for the IRS office for further details of tax obligations and the needed forms STATE BUSINESS TAXES You can register your taxes in Michigan through filling the Form 518 Registration for Michigan Taxes With this from you can already register for the sales use and withholding taxes single business tax and other local taxes This form can be secured from the Michigan Department of Treasury You can also access online the other information on taxes and the questions and answers portion regarding registering your business Their contact numbers are 517 636 4660 or 800 367 6263 SALES USE AND WITHHOLDING TAXES A sales tax license is needed for those who are engaged in retailing tangible personal properties coming from Michigan This is 6 percent of the retail sales receipt A use tax is required if you sell or lease tangible personal property to a customer in Michigan and you are coming from outside the state and the rate is 6 percent also If you hired at least one worker you are required to set aside from his wage a portion for the federal income tax which is under Internal Revenue Code You can file the sales use and withholding tax application from to the Department of Treasury of Michigan SINGLE BUSINESS TAX This is modified value added tax imposed by Michigan Department of Treasury It aims to replace some business taxes which includes personal property tax corporate net income tax franchise tax and others This Single Business Tax is the only business tax of Michigan About 70 4 percent of the businesses in the state are paying 1 000 or less in this tax and 59 percent does not pay Any business earning less than 250 000 in its annual gross receipts does not have to pay SBT LOCAL TAXES The local governments in the state impose property taxes But in recent reforms it had slashed the rate of the business property taxes of more or less 33 percent The tax rates are different in every locality so you have to consult the local office of the treasurer in your area They can also give you the details of other existing local taxes and on the requirements of registering and paying the said taxes Getting a Michigan Business License There are business types and occupations in Michigan that are required to secure license from the state And these require unique individual regulations and also the requirements in education legal and examination Most often licensing fees are required in every profession or occupation There are certifications permits or licenses required by the state based on the specific business type and operation You can access the information on these online You may check your county clerk to know if local licenses are required in your area ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS The legal environment is becoming more complex for the operation of small businesses This is because of the increasing attention on protection to consumers and preservation of the environmental recently These are then interpreted to regulations and laws imposed by the government making the business owners trapped with restrictions and a lot of paperwork You will be required to secure more than one permit if your business activities are affecting our environment such as Emission of polluted air Processing or disposing of solid wastes Hauling of the hazardous wastes Major altering of a landscape Building structures that are near the wetlands or waterways You can get the permit from the Department of Environmental Quality with contact number of 800 662 9278 As a business owner you must check your local county clerk for the information regarding licensing and permits Find time to do this even it entails a lot of work and costs because you will suffer twice for noncompliance like paying penalties fines or even closure of your

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  • Start a Cleaning Business in Minnesota, Minnesota Cleaning Business License, Laws and Regulations
    for income it is not surprising that many cleaning service businesses have sprung up in recent years This is true for all areas in the United States including the State of Minnesota Cleaning Service Startup in Minnesota Minnesota is a Midwestern state which became part of the Union in 1858 Its vast area of more than 87 000 square miles is home to just over five million inhabitants Most of the state s residents live in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul which are the centers of business and industry Many business start ups occur in the state as evidenced by the more than 30 000 business filings that take place every year This proves the entrepreneurial spirit of the residents in Minnesota For these people the Department of Employment and Economic Development is the government agency to visit because it provides a free book to those just starting a business entitled Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota Most cleaning services are operated under a single proprietorship As such there are several government requirements that have to be complied with before operations can start otherwise the business will not be considered legal and would encounter problems in the future Similar to the other states the state requires that business names be registered with the Secretary of State if they are different from the names of the owners Cleaning business that hire employees have to pay Social Security taxes and comply with wage and hour requirements in accordance with regulations set by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor Zoning regulations have to be consulted as well In densely populated cities like Minneapolis and St Paul commercial and residential districts are situated close together and the local governments have developed zoning codes containing precise rules on

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  • Start a Cleaning Service in Mississippi - Learn How to Start a Cleaning Business in Mississippi
    needed in order to avoid problems in the future because the said requirements are in compliance with regulations set by the government Since the rules vary from state to state it would be a good idea to be acquainted with the local business laws before initiating any profit making endeavor Starting a Cleaning Business in Mississippi is Easy For example if someone chooses to start a cleaning business in Mississippi he must familiarize himself with the opportunities that are available in the state for the specific type of business as well as the state itself Aside from being famous for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley Mississippi is also known as the hospitality state It ranks as the 31st most populous state in the United States with an estimated 2007 population of almost three million mostly inhabiting the capital city of Jackson and the major cities of Gulfport and Hattiesburg One business opportunity worth considering for the potential cleaning service provider is the climate that the state possesses The area experiences several hurricanes in a year that move inland from the Gulf of Mexico especially in the southern part On average twenty seven tornadoes occur annually with the frequencies shifting during the year The northern part gets more tornadoes in the early months while the south gets it in the later months A potential business owner could specialize in providing after storm cleaning services since this would be in great demand during certain periods of the year The state provides several free counseling and training programs for those who are engaged in a small business such as a cleaning business to help them get started or expand operations These services are provided by the Mississippi Small Business Development Center an agency supported by the United States Small Business Administration There

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  • Learn How to Start a Cleaning Service in Missouri - Starting a Cleaning Business in Missouri
    business though is its minimal start up cost Most start operating by just purchasing cleaning supplies and tools and setting up headquarters at their own homes There are two types of cleaning services that can be provided commercial and residential Commercial cleaners provide janitorial services to offices and commercial establishments that could include restaurants retail stores schools and medical facilities Residential cleaning services usually provide maids to do the typical housekeeping tasks in a household Start a Cleaning Business in Missouri The State of Missouri is home to numerous cleaning services providers Maid agencies abound as well as commercial cleaners Some have carved their own niches in the market by specializations such as cleaning restaurant kitchen exhaust systems and industrial boilers The state economy is progressive with the services sector having the fastest employment growth since 2001 This should be good news for those wishing to start a cleaning business especially in the urban areas of Kansas St Louis and Springfield Commercial cleaning services in Missouri are regulated at the local level This means that licenses are issued by the county city or town governments where the business is located Requirements for permits and licenses may vary by city or county Hence it is best to check with the local business merchant license and collector s offices If the business will be under a name other than the legal name of the owner it must be registered with the Missouri Secretary of State The availability of a business name can be checked online State law allows organizations to operate as limited liability companies corporations partnerships or sole proprietorships which most of the cleaning services belong Before starting to operate it would be advisable to understand which taxes apply to the cleaning business For a sole proprietorship income is taxed directly

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  • Learn How to Start a Cleaning Service in Montana - Starting a Cleaning Business in Montana
    and digital subscriber lines are available in the cities It also has road links to Canada and the areas in the Pacific Rim The thriving service industry in Montana is a favorable circumstance for those who want to start a cleaning business A good location would be in one of the state capital of Helena and in the other larger cities of Billings Missoula Great Falls and Butte There are already quite a number of cleaning businesses that exist providing the more common janitorial and maid services as well as the specialized ones such as window and chimney cleaning There is even a cleaning business that offers professional animal waste removal to homeowners Montana Cleaning Business Startup Guide A cleaning service is an attractive proposition to the small business owner Aside from requiring a small start up cost it can be run from the home It has also no personnel requirements if the owner plans to do the cleaning tasks himself As soon as the cleaning supplies and implements are made available and a means of transport is acquired to go to the places to be cleaned operations can start However before the actual cleaning tasks can take place there are legal aspects that have to be accomplished to make the business legitimate This involves obtaining the necessary licenses and permits that the government requires Montana s tax and legal structure that govern business operations are more or less similar to the other states meaning people have to pay income taxes and property taxes are imposed at the local level An advantage that the state provides to business owners is it does not impose any sales or use taxes It used to have one of the highest individual income rates at 11 but tax reforms have reduced this to 6

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  • Start a Cleaning Business in Nebraska - Nebraska Cleaning Business License, Laws and Regulations
    micro enterprises with total financing need of less than 105 000 of which they can provide loans up to 35 000 and with maturities up to 6 years Nebraska Angels A non profit group organized to exchange information about investment opportunities in early stage and emerging growth companies with ties to the state of Nebraska Getting a Business Name The business name you decide on is important as it is the initial introduction potential customers have of your cleaning business It creates primary identification with the products and services you are offering therefore the business name you choose must clearly reflect and spell out the cleaning services you are selling Select a Name for your Cleaning Business First of all the name you choose for your cleaning business must be memorable easily recognizable and easy to spell Names that are hard to pronounce might initially stand out but in the long run it is not really so beneficial The name of your cleaning business must also easily stick in the heads of potential clients and they must also very clearly associate it with cleaning You also have to consider how the potential name will look on business cards promotional advertising materials etc and sound i e how it will sound when said out loud Also remember to be careful in choosing a name that is already taken or sounds like a business name that is already taken and registered The Trademark Law not only prohibits businesses from using names that are already taken it also prevents businesses from using names that are likely to be mistaken for the name of an existing competitor Violating this law may cause in legal issues and may end up with you paying monetary reparations and changing your business name For more help in selecting a business name business gov offers a How to Name Your Business guide Register the Selected Business Name Once you re sure about your selected cleaning business name you have to register it Registering your business name ensures that nobody else can use the name you have chosen Registering for trademark is not required but it usually provides further protection of your business name Just as you cautiously did not infringe on other s trademark names others must do the same with you and your business Registration also provides public notice as to who owns or stands behind a business entity If your business is not registered you cannot file a lawsuit in court as a business A fictitious name filing also known as Doing Business As DBAs allows you to create name for your business that is different than your personal name Application for Registration of Trade Name should be files with the Nebraska Secretary of State Design a Logo For Your Cleaning Business The logo is the visual partner of the business name you have chosen Like the business name the business logo will create an initial identification of your business and the products and services you are selling Basically the business logo you design will be the visual image potential customers will associate with your cleaning business and so should be designed according to the name of the company and the business product Unique logos will help positively promote the business in the market A well designed business logo can be counted on to be a highly effective marketing tool in promoting your cleaning business A well made and stylish business logo also helps attract potential clients and gives a distinctive identity to your cleaning business Some things to remember when designing your business logo are The design must be eye catching yet simple easy to the eye and not unnecessarily flamboyant Make sure that the color palette and shapes you choose would draw out positive effects in your cleaning business and not the opposite It should not appear cheap or showy it should be just the right amount of elegant and professional Observe the type of logos your competition sports Of course you will want your own to stand out among them Business logos do not necessarily need to be a graphic or picture icon A graphically customized business name can also serve maybe even better serve the same purpose Make sure the logo will look good on various marketing and promotional materials including but not limited to business cards fliers stickers letterheads Get feedback preferably by someone from your target market on the logo and continue revising based on the response given You can always pay for the services of good graphic artists to design a logo for you Just make sure to provide them critical information about your cleaning business its name and other important particulars that they can use as their foundation for coming up with the logo design Acquiring an Online Identity for your Cleaning Business Having a domain and an online presence is highly recommended Nowadays an online presence is one of the prerequisites of running a modern business and during these times people will more likely peruse the internet for whatever information they need instead of opening the phone directory information on your cleaning business included As much as possible your website name should also be your domain name address If possible a form of your business name should be incorporated somehow into the domain name The most important thing is that your domain name reflects your cleaning business It is highly advisable if you are buying for example a com domain nebraskacleaningbusiness com that you also buy the other main Top Level Domains or TLDs e g nebraskacleaningbusiness net nebraskacleaningbusiness org etc to avoid confusion If you do a domain name search and fine that only one of the TLDs is available it is recommended and it is especially beneficial if you consider the long run that you choose another domain name instead However if you are really decided on getting it one option is to offer to buy the domain name from its current owner You can find out who the owner is by checking up the whois information available for the domain and get in touch with the person or company listed as the current owner If they are willing to sell be prepared to pay more than if you are getting a new domain name Keeping your domain name short and simple is also suggested so that clients can more easily remember it As for web content make sure that you cover all the basics the name of your company the type of cleaning services and rates you are offering and most importantly the location of your business and the different ways the potential customer can contact you Deciding on a Legal Structure for your Cleaning Business When starting your cleaning business it is important to immediately determine what form or structure it will have It can play an important role when you want to make loans or borrow money or attract more investors It will also determine the kind of tax return form you will have to file The most common forms of legal business structures are the following Sole Proprietorship This is the simplest most basic business structure As its name implies the business is under the name of a single person who is in full control of all the business assets and liabilities General Partnership This is an association between two or more parties who share control of all business decisions All partners also share management of all business earnings and assets but are all also liable for all business debts and obligations Limited Partnership This is made up of partners who run the business with personal liability and partners who are basically just investors and mostly just have their personal investments at risk This kind of business structure is mostly useful for incurring a startup capital since it allows investors to participate without being personally liable for anything Corporation In corporations shareholders exchange money and or property for the corporation s capital stock Corporations are most common amongst big companies They are separate from their owners and generally shareholders are only accountable for their investments in the company S Corporation A kind of corporation created through a tax election This structure is not subjected to double taxation and forming an S Corporation allows you to benefit from the limited liability of a corporate shareholder but pay taxes like you have sole ownership of the business Limited Liability Company LLC This is a fairly new business structure allowed by state statute Similar to corporations owners have limited personal liability for the actions of the company However other features are closer to a partnership like pass through taxation and management flexibility In Nebraska if your cleaning business is a corporation an LLC or a partnership then you must register with the Nebraska Secretary of State Sole proprietorship businesses do not have to register with the state Getting an Employer Identification Number EIN An Employer Identification Number or EIN is also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number It will be used to identify your cleaning business as an entity All businesses are required to have an EIN and the business owner must obtain one from the U S Internal Revenue Service There are a number of ways you can apply for an EIN for your cleaning business Apply Online You can apply for an EIN at the Internal Revenue Service website As soon as the application is completed and validated during the online session an EIN is issued immediately This is the recommended method of applying for EIN Apply By Telephone By calling the IRS Toll Free Business and Specialty Tax Line at 800 829 4933 from 7 00 am to 10 00 pm local time Monday through Friday An assistor will take your information assign you an EIN and then provide the number to an authorized individual over the phone Apply By Fax Taxpayers can send the accomplished Form S 4 to the IRS State FAX number If you provide your FAX number they will send your EIN to you within four business days assuming there are no problems with your Form S 4 Apply By Mail Processing time for this method usually takes around four weeks so one must especially ensure that the Form S 4 contains all of the required information Registering for State Taxes in Nebraska Businesses are usually required to register for one or more tax specific identification numbers permits and or licenses including but not limited to income tax withholding sales and use tax and unemployment insurance tax Starting your cleaning business in Nebraska you may have to register with the Nebraska Department of Revenue Registration is a must if You re going to hire employees You intend to engage in retail sales You are renting leasing substantial personal property or You will be providing services which are subject to sales tax Note that companies registering for Nebraska Withholding Tax must supply their EIN Also companies that do not have employees and just provides service do not have to register For more information about this see Sales Tax on Services and Regulation 1 082 Labor Charges To register you must complete the Nebraska Tax Application Form 20 and mail it to the Department at Nebraska Department of Revenue PO Box 98903 Lincoln NE 68509 8903 If you have access to a FAX machine you can also just FAX it to 402 471 5927 You can also request to get the packet in person at any of the Department s Taxpayer Assistance Offices The Form 20 is used to register for the following taxes and permits Sales and Use Tax Income Tax Withholding Corporate Income Tax Partnership Income Tax Fiduciary Income Tax Financial Institution Tax Other Miscellaneous Taxes The regular time for processing the Form 20 is an estimate of around 2 weeks To avoid delays make sure that all the necessary information is complete and accurate and that all the required personnel business owners partners etc have signed the document For additional information you can contact the Nebraska Department of Revenue by calling 800 742 7474 toll free if you are in Nebraska or Iowa or 402 471 5729 Obtaining Business Licenses and Permits in Nebraska Before you can legally start operating your cleaning business in Nebraska you will to obtain proper licensing and permits from the state Not all businesses require a license but in general most do Some Nebraska businesses may need only a local business license or permit but some might also need to follow federal licensing requirements You can check out the following resources to learn more about your licensing requirements Nebraska Licensing Requirements Guide to Business Licenses and Permits Operating a Business in Nebraska There are a few things you need to accomplish before you can start smoothly and legally operating your cleaning business in Nebraska Pay Your Taxes Businesses in Nebraska are charged by the Nebraska Department of Revenue to pay business taxes You can visit the following resources to find out more about filing and paying business taxes in Nebraska Filing Nebraska Taxes Online the Nebraska Department of Revenue s online collection of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the filing of taxes Nebraska Tax Forms and Information Business employers in Nebraska are also required to pay Workers Compensation Insurance and Unemployment Insurance Tax Keep Your Licenses and Permits in Good Standing The Licenses and Permits page contains links to more information regarding applying and renewing Nebraska licenses and permits Hire and Manage Employees For Your Business Starting out your new cleaning business makes you a new employer You can check out the Ten Steps to Hiring a New Employee page to learn more about complying with state and federal labor laws You can also compare the difference between employees and independent contractors so as to help you decide on whether or not you should hire independent contractors All Nebraska employers must obey federal and state labor laws and follow equal employment opportunity laws that ban employment discrimination You can visit the following websites to learn more about these requirements Federal Employment and Labor Laws Nebraska Employment and Labors Laws How to Comply with Federal EEO Laws Guide to Employment Discrimination for Nebraska Employers Report All New Hires and Re hires Federal and State laws require that employers report newly hired and re hired employees in the state of Nebraska to the Nebraska State Directory of New Hires The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 require that employers do this within 20 days of hiring or re hiring You can report the hiring of your cleaning business employees in a variety of ways Online Reporting Use the Nebraska State Directory of New Hires website to report your new employees Register to begin reporting Printed List The list should contain all of the needed information see instructions here The document should be written in at least 10 point font size and have the employer s name and EIN clearly displayed at the top New Hire Reporting Form Downloadable at the Nebraska State Directory of New Hires website Print fill out and then mail or FAX to the department Display Required Notices in the Workplace Employers are also required by federals and state laws to put up in the workplace specific posters that inform employees of their rights and the employer responsibilities under labor laws These posters are available for free from federal and state labor agencies Implement Safety Standards in the Workplace Employers are answerable for the health and safety of their employees They are responsible for following rules and standards set by the Occupational Safe and Health Administration OSHA OSHA offers free on site consulting services that help employers identify and remove workplace hazards Follow Environmental Regulations Depending on the type of business you have you may be required to follow specific environmental regulations and acquire environmental permits If your business could release pollutants into air land and or water or if you store treat and or dispose of hazardous or solid wastes then this is needed Disregarding this requirement can cost you hefty fines Insure Your Business Getting your business insured is a way to lessen the blow when certain unavoidable events happen that might affect your business financially in a negative way Examples of such events include but are not limited to an injured employee a lawsuit or a natural disaster Furthermore most states require businesses with employees to pay for workers compensation insurance unemployment insurance and state disability insurance Other types of insurance you might consider getting for your business are Property insurance for buildings General liability insurance for damage your cleaning business might do to someone else s property as a result of the insured entity s negligence Life insurance in the event that something happens to the owner or other key person The Nebraska Department of Insurance offers more information regarding this issue Manage and Maintain Good Business Records Keeping good business records is good practice Some states may require you to maintain business records though especially tax and employment records The following websites contain more information about how to maintain tax records and other needed documents such as payroll etc IRS Tax Recordkeeping Guidance Labor Recordkeeping Requirements State Wage and Hour Recordkeeping Requirements Employee Eligibility Verification Requirement Starting Your Cleaning Business in Nebraska People who set up and start a business more or less have the same single objective to profit and earn money from said business While it is certainly lucky that some people manage to set up businesses revolving around something they love and are passionate about in essence you don t really have to feel like so about cleaning to set up a successful cleaning business As long as you don t mind getting your hands dirty and as long as you just appreciate the sense of a job well done then a cleaning service business is a pretty good business opportunity As long as you do careful and thorough research

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