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Making It Legal

Facing fines or penalties is a surefire way to stop your business in its tracks. But do you really need a license to get operations under way?

This story appears in the June 1999 issue of

You need a license to drive a car and a license to get married, but do you need one to start your homebased business? Maybe, maybe not. But either way, you should find out for sure before you officially open up.

"You could be shut down if the authorities find out you're operating without the proper licenses," says Joan Scheel, assistant state director of the Utah Small Business Development Center in Salt Lake City. More than likely, they'll just tell you to get a license, but you might have to pay fines or penalties for an illegal operation. Either way, Scheel points out it's much easier to avoid problems by starting out in full compliance with the law.

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