License to “Drive”
So, you want to drive potential customers to your business? Well don’t forget your license. Nope, I’m not talking about that piece of laminated freedom that showcases our best look that only a mother could love. If you’re currently running a business or looking to start one, then you may want to ensure you have the correct license(s) to legally be in business.
I happened to come across a pretty informative and easy to use site, License123. Now, let me throw out a disclaimer to make sure that you do your due diligence when it comes to the forms you need to fill out, but after spending a little time on the site, it seems that License 123 covers the bases as far as the general licenses that you’ll need to be in business.
At the time of this article License 123 is still in beta, it covers about 18 states, and is continuing to add various industries to its database. It’s powered by DocStoc, which was founded by Jason Nazar (also founder of License123).
How simple is it to use? Below is just a quick rundown of the menu:
- Select state
- Select county
- Select industry
- Select business type
So what do you get? Well, according to the sites FAQ’s:
“Your customized report will include a comprehensive list of all the mandatory and optional federal, state, county, city and other regional permits and licenses that your business require. We also include all the application forms you will require and the associated instructions where applicable. In addition, we outline the specific license cost and fee schedule for each permit or license, the full contact information of each licensing authority. You will also find the application deadline and any applicable renewal information you need to know. If the license can be filed electronically, we will provide you direct links to the online forms and applications. All that information will be customized and packaged based on your own business and location requirements.”
I’m always saying “Time is Money” and this site will certainly save you plenty of both. For a very reasonable price of $9.95 per report (includes all of the above mentioned) you’ll be well on your way to complying with the licensing authorities. You really don’t want to upset them. You’ll only be able to pull that “well I didn’t know, I’m new at this” card all of about um, never. Nothing stifles business growth like being hit with a few penalties or being shut down before you really get started.
No need to be intimidated here though because License123 really does seem to make it easy. Even if you don’t see your industry on the site, some of the similar businesses listed require some of the same permits and licenses, but as always double check your work (and their work). If you do take it for spin and actually purchase one of their reports, let us know what you think.