How To Start A Business In Wisconsin

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How to Start a Business In Wisconsin

Here is some information on starting your own business in Wisconsin.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
The state of Wisconsin has resources that will help if you want to start a business in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Business Portal

1. Register your new business name with the state of Wisconsin.

Contact your county government about registering your business name.

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

2. Choose a business structure.

Some examples of business entities are: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: https://www.wdfi.org/corporations/Business_Entity_Types/default.htm

3.  Register your business in Wisconsin.

You can get started registering your new business with the state of Wisconsin here: https://openforbusiness.wi.gov/

4. Business Checking Account.

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

5. Tax Registration.

Make sure you research local, state and federal tax requirements. More information about taxes here: https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/services/_/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

6.  Consider Liability Insurance.

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

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