How To Start A Business In Arizona

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How to Start a Business In Arizona

You must complete certain steps in order to start a new business in Arizona. Here is information on how to register your business in the state of Arizona.
Getting started– The official website about how to start a business in Arizona is found here: http://www.azcommerce.com/start-up/small-business-checklist

One of the first things you will need to do is register your business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name or DBA (“Doing Business As”) here: https://www.azsos.gov/business/trade-names-and-trademarks

If you need help choosing a business name: 12 Tips to Help Choose a Business Name

Before registering your business, you will need to select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Most small business owners will start out as a sole-proprietor.  Find out more here: http://www.azcommerce.com/media/125156/AZEE2013chptr4.pdf

You will need to register your business with the state of Arizona.

You can register your business with the state of Arizona here: http://www.azroc.gov/l_app.html

You will need to open a business account at your bank.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

You will need to register your business for tax purposes and may want to hire an accountant.

If you are a small business, it is not too difficult to file your own taxes.  As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.azdor.gov/Business.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

You may want to get some form of liability insurance.

Depending on what type of business you are starting, you may want to look into liability insurance.

You are responsible to obtain any necessary city licenses.

You may be required to obtain a license operate your business in certain cities or towns, whether you are a resident, or not.

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