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Unread 01-22-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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Any lawyers or knowledgeable people, DBA Forms?

I have a question for anyone nice enough to help me with an answer.

I want to begin a sole proprietorship and work under my own name. Do I need to fill out and file a DBA, or can I just get the necessary liscensing and insurance and start spreading the word?

I am really unclear as to what the DBA form does, I thought it was required, but the county clerk says that it is to operate under a name other than my own. Which made my head hurt.

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Unread 01-22-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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DBA is filed with the county. no help needed, just call the county clerk (they call it an assumed name), my county has the form online to fill out and take in, they notarize then file $14.

so IN THAT county you can be Joe Blow doing business as XYZ. you can't be Joe Blow dba XYZinc. as inc implies that your incorporated, and you are not, just a sole prop.

now, if you going to make money, you need to talk to a CPA, not a layer (or CPA and a lawyer depending on what you are doing)

ive done lots if you need help.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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i re-read your question. if you want to "operate" as joe blow then you don't need a dba. if you want to operate as xyz, then you will need one.
some will say if you wanted to put your whole name in your business name then it's not necessary. so if you were "joe blow heating and air" you would not need one; but "blow heating and air" would. but I'd get it as it's cleaner and only $14.

depending on your trade all you would need is insurance and license if you were not doing business as another name.
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Just be careful working as a sole proprietor. If some thing goes wrong you get sued and lose all your belongs not the company. It safer to spend a few bones and incorporate in some fashion.
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Yeah, I would like too. But the bones are few and far between, and it would be nice to get paid for some small repair work before jumping into the next step. Plus I figured it would make my taxes easier to start.

The nice thing about masonry repair is that no matter what, it's always better than you started with, I figured between getting fully bonded and insured and sticking to normal sized jobs I would be good to go for a while.

Now for another question, if I reside in my county and register to do business in my county, can I work and advertise in other counties as long as my business address remains the same?
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Just be careful working as a sole proprietor. If some thing goes wrong you get sued and lose all your belongs ....
ehh, depends on the industry, and you would probably be personally named in any suit anyway. get LOTS of insurance, and protect your assets. but your right. many industries really should incorporate; like construction.

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Now for another question, if I reside in my county and register to do business in my county, can I work and advertise in other counties as long as my business address remains the same?
yes, anywhere. but you can't stop some one else from using the same name unless you file. so i could be in the next county and operate with the same name (read reputation).

go to legalzoom. Push is right, you really ought to look into it in that line of work. it's not as much as you think.
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Yeah, I would like too. But the bones are few and far between, and it would be nice to get paid for some small repair work before jumping into the next step. Plus I figured it would make my taxes easier to start.

The nice thing about masonry repair is that no matter what, it's always better than you started with, I figured between getting fully bonded and insured and sticking to normal sized jobs I would be good to go for a while.

Now for another question, if I reside in my county and register to do business in my county, can I work and advertise in other counties as long as my business address remains the same?
Do you need a contractors license for what you are doing? I know in CA if each job is below $500 they dont care but as soon as you hit $501 you can get arrested and have to pay alot of fines for working without a license. Other than that I would do a DBA if only it makes you sound more legitimate if you have a company name. Then you can open a bank account in that name and be a little more official. It's a good start but I would recomend Incorperating if you plan on doing this long term.

DBA = Doing business as.
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I have been searching for a few hours, but can not find anything regarding needing a license, with the exception of dealing with asbestos, plumbing or electricity, none of which I do.

You need a license to be a lead contractor, but once again. I am aiming small time, I don't plan on building a retirement community.
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I have been searching for a few hours, but can not find anything regarding needing a license, with the exception of dealing with asbestos, plumbing or electricity, none of which I do.

You need a license to be a lead contractor, but once again. I am aiming small time, I don't plan on building a retirement community.
Why not?

I think you are right on the license issue all I could find was exactly what you found.

I would still get a DBA and come up with a name then make some cards and open an account in that name and get to work. After time you will know if you want to persue this as a full time gig and can decide if you want to incorperate or not and start a full on business out of it. You never know. I didn't want anything to do with pipeline and now 11 years later I am a pipeline contractor. I started my business within the last couple of years so let me know if you have any more questions.
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