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    Oh, as for licenses -- much depends on the specifics of the city/town, county, and state jurisdiction you are in. In general however, I think almost everywhere allows sole proprietors operating under their own name to do so without a general business license (but check with your local authorities!). If they are operating their business under a name other than their own, they usually have to file a "DBA" to register that business name with the State's Secretary of State. Also there may be additional licensing requirements depending on the specific trade or profession they are engaged in, for example: engineers, architects, geologists, doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, plumbers, electricians, contractors, hair dressers, manicurists, massage therapists, etc....

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    Thanks, that was extremely helpful. So basically they have to own some sort of business in order to be an independent contractor for me? Is their any way around that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puglife View Post
    Thanks, that was extremely helpful. So basically they have to own some sort of business in order to be an independent contractor for me?
    No. This is not true. Being an independent contractor, for your purposes, means that they are responsible for their own taxes. They aren't an employee, you're just hiring them for a specific purpose, therefore you're not paying payroll taxes for them. They pay their own.

    https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small...ed-or-Employee


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    They don't have to own some sort of business before being an independent contractor for you -- rather, they will become their own business as a consequence of being an independent contractor for you.

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