How To Start A Business In South Carolina

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How to Start a Business In South Carolina

There are a number of steps to become a legal business in the state of South Carolina.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Getting started– Two websites created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: http://www.sc.gov/business/Pages/STARTINGABUSINESS.aspx andhttps://www.scbos.sc.gov/Business-Resources

-Register your business name.

Find out more about registering a business name at STEP 2 at this link:  https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/User%20Identification%20of%20Appropriate%20Filing.pdf .

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

-Select a business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/Business_Structures.pdf

 -Register your business.

Find out more about how register your new business with the state of South Carolina here: http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Opportunities

-Open a Business Checking Account.

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

-Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

You may want to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/IRS_Link_Index_-_Critical_IRS_Information.pdf and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

 -Get Liability Insurance.

Depending on what type of services you plan to offer, you may want to consider liability insurance.

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