Starting a Business in Massachusetts
- People planning to open a business in Massachusetts must register the business to get a business license in the Massachusetts community where it is located. The U.S. Small Business Administration explains that any business owner wishing to start a business under a fictitious name, or any name other than his legal name, must file a "doing business as" certificate with the local Massachusetts county office. A list of commonwealth communities where a business can register can be found on the Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Employer ID Number
- All Massachusetts business owners must inform the state of Massachusetts Department of Revenue of the new business, so future taxes are filed under an employer number rather than a Social Security Number. The employer ID number is issued by the IRS. New business owners must fill out the Form SS-4 on the IRS online web portal to receive an ID number immediately.
Industry Licenses and Permits
- The Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations website provides a list of business industries that require additional licenses and permits. Examples of such industries include agriculture and forestry services, financial advisors and banking services, construction and maintenance businesses, education and childcare, employment services or agencies, healthcare, treatments and social work and insurance services and any retail businesses.
Employees and Independent Contractors
- Massachusetts business owners must follow the federal employee laws when hiring new employees for the business. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that all employees hired by a company must be authorized to work in the country. This is done by verifying each worker's employment status in the U.S. All Massachusetts business owners must download and submit the Form I-9 for verification. This is not required for independent contractors.