Starting an Online Business

Posted by Jon H. Freis | Jul 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

2020 has been a challenging year for many small business owners, as well as employees who might have lost their jobs. With the difficulties of running a bricks and mortar business with face-to-face interactions with customers, many people who are unemployed or had to shut down a business might consider starting an online business. It is important to have the guidance of an experienced business lawyer in Beverly Hills during this process.

Having a strong idea for an online company is only the very beginning. The following are only some steps to consider when you are opening a business online.

  • Select the right business structure based on ownership, taxes, and more
  • Determine whether you want to file your business paperwork in California or another state
  • Select a business name, which can be more difficult than you might think
  • Get a domain name that matches your company name (the availability of a domain  name is important to consider prior to deciding on a final company name)
  • Draft and file all documents you need to file for business formation
  • Draft and negotiate contracts between owners and organizational rules
  • Get a tax ID number from the IRS and set up business bank accounts
  • Obtain any necessary licenses for your business
  • Understand how sales tax works if you are selling products online
  • Set up a website that will attract customers and that allows for a positive user experience

Starting a business is a process whether the company operates online or not. Any errors can be costly and might jeopardize your success.

Contact a Business Lawyer in Beverly Hills for Assistance

If you are using 2020 as an opportunity to start an online company, a Beverly Hills business attorney at the Law Offices of Jon H. Freis is ready to help. Call 310.276.1218 or contact us online for more information.

About the Author

Jon H. Freis

Jon H. Freis has been practicing law in the State of California since 1999 and currently operates his own boutique law firm in Beverly Hills. He handles a wide variety of matters for a select group of clients, including real estate transactions, business formation, and business and real estate li...


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