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Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJanuary 12, 2011

Do I need an occupational license to work from home?

Do I need to register a P.O. box as my business address?
Whether you need an occupational license depends on the nature of the work you'll be doing from home. If you're providing general office services, such as bookkeeping, graphic design or virtual assistant services, you are generally not required to be licensed.

However, if you do require a license -- just as attorneys, social workers and massage therapists do -- it makes no difference if you're operating from home or not.

You'll need the licenses as a result of your profession. Check with your local secretary of state to determine the licensing requirements of your profession in your state.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.

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