Make sure you have covered all the required and critical steps to opening your business.  We encourage you to watch the New Business Start-up Video  and complete the  20-Questions-before-Starting-a-Business document and the reach out to the Florida SBDC for business start-up assistance.

5S - StartingBusStep 1:  Select a Legal Structure –

Step 2:  Register Fictitious Name (if required) –

Step 3: State Licensing (as required for certain professionals)

Step 4: Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Step 5: Register to pay Federal, State, and Local Taxes

Step 6: Complete Local Licensing/Business Tax Receipts

Consider consulting with your local city licensing agencies regarding home-based and commercial business locations to ensure your business can operate in the area you have selected, including any registration, construction, or capacity restrictions.


  1. Thanks for a really helpful article. I especially appreciate all the links to the appropriate resources. My brother used this information to start his own car mechanic business in Ormond Beach, Florida. He followed the steps you show in the graphic and found it straightforward.

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