Guest Author - Deborah Crawford
What is SOHO? SOHO, short for small office/home office, is typically just what it implies--a small or home-based business, typically one that has fewer than 25 employees. Examples range from small restaurants to landscape companies. The type of work does not matter, it's the number of people involved in the business that classify it as SOHO.
A "microbusiness" is a SOHO with fewer than 10 employees. This includes consultants, sales reps, freelancers, work-at-home moms, and others working from home or in a small office.
How to search the site:
When searching for information on the Small Office/Home Office site, use as few words as possible. For example, if searching for information on wedding planning business, or wedding coordinator, just type in wedding. That way, you will get results that cover the topic no matter what particular phrasing might be used in the article.
If you get "No" results or "None", try again with fewer words.
Another way to look for information is to view the site map and previous features. Links to both are underneath the "featured articles".
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Do I need permits or licenses for a home-based business? You may. You need to check with your state, county and city governments and ask them what is required to operate a business in your area. Some have penalties if you open your business without the proper documents, which cost more than the original fees, so do find out first.
For more information, see this article on : Business Licenses.