Before a person can conduct or transact business, many states require that you file a fictitious business name (also known as a “doing business as” name, or an “also known as” name).
First, decide if you want to be a sole proprietor, an LLC, or S-Corp by reading this post at Sweeter CPA.
Then, go to your city or county’s Circuit Court to look for a document like this: Certificate or Assumed or Fictitious Name.
A few tips:
- Print, like, three copies of every document you plan to write on
- For goodness sakes, don’t sign anything until you’re at the notary
Carry to your local circuit court with a check for (in my case) $10 and get an awesome official document that says you are a small business entrepreneur!