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Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Joel Elad, Shannon Belew

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Chapter 1

Minding the Law

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Keeping your business within the law

check Determining whether you can legally work from home

check Obtaining the necessary licenses to operate your business

One of the first things you discover in owning a business is that you cannot avoid certain specific legal requirements. An Internet business is subject to not only traditional laws imposed on any company but also further regulation. As with the rest of the Net, these rules change quickly, and the burden to keep up is on you.

In this chapter, we review the basic laws so that you can start setting up shop.

remember We’re not lawyers, and laws differ from state to state. So if you’re the least bit concerned, consult a local attorney to answer any of your questions.

Keeping Your Business Legal

Whether you have an online business or an offline business, you must do certain things to set yourself up and operate legally. If you already have a business that you’re taking online, this advice is probably old news. But if you’re starting your online business from scratch, read on.

Admittedly, quite a few business-related ...

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