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Starting a basic business

by Jwoot12 / June 20, 2013 8:24 AM PDT

Ok here we go. A Canadian company wants to hire me(an American) but the work visa will take time. They need me to start a company just so they can pay me. Can anybody give me the basic steps? All I can find is "how to start a successful business" which I dont need. I need to know who to contact and all the other minimal steps just so they can contract it. After that I will close the business or whatever it is I need to do.

Im extremely stressed because I cant find any information. Im not even sure if its possible to do in 2 weeks that I need to do it in.

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Small world.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2013 8:44 AM PDT

I an also in same situation but here I am just a small business and it took no time at all. I did get a business license in my city (about 35 bucks a year) and to get paid I bill the companies in Canada.

It's all pretty simple. But you may have never been self-employed so my bet is you are over thinking this. You do work, you bill them, they pay you and you keep it all on file so you can do your taxes when the time comes.

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But what are the steps? Who do I see?
by Jwoot12 / June 20, 2013 9:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Small world.

But what are the steps? Thats where Im lost. I dont have the slightest clue what my first step is.

This is my first time doing anything like this... I probably am over thinking but the information is clouded up badly and I need to get it done.

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For me it was too simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2013 9:58 AM PDT

I headed to my city's web page and filled the form out for a license, paid and bingo I'm done.

Now I bill in my name and get paid. At the end of the year I file tax returns.

Sorry but I fear that given only the story so far I can't see where it gets complicated. But there are many lawyers that will take your money to set you up. (pun intended.)

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The Steps
by itsmapps / June 20, 2013 3:14 PM PDT

Proffitt is on the right path, but here is what you need to do. You will probable need to incorporate a business, which is pretty easy to do. What ever state your in, go to the states website, you can google your citys state website, Then print out the forms called articles of incorporation or certificate of incorporation. Be careful to get the right forms cause there one for LLc companies or non-profit. You want the for profit forms. I say do it this way because you will be shooting yourself in the foot later if you do a sole-proprietorship. Do a S or C corp, the S corps are better for many reasons. After this you will need to contact the IRS yourself to obtain an EIN no. then that's it. Theres a little more yyou can do to solidify your business as a legit business but you can ge tallot of this kind of information at or There real good with kind of information on there blog, they even show you how to get money for your business. They helped me to get $50k in about 6 months. check them out

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by Jwoot12 / June 20, 2013 10:49 PM PDT
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Thanks, I dont need any money for the business and am only using it so I can be hired at an earlier date by a Canadian company. Once my work visa is approved I will close it. There will no no expenses or any of that, just my paychecks. I also dont want to be double taxed

After reading all night at work I was set on a sole proprietorship or single member LLC which is basically treated like a sole proprietorship. Can you tell me why these are mistakes?

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Way to start a basic business
by amritasingh / July 20, 2013 5:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Small world.

To start a business enterprise,you first need a good idea and a plan of action. Then you must implement your plan by gaining financing,getting the product or service to sell, finding prospects, selling and making the exchange.

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