Do freelance writers need a business license?

10 October, 2021 Gary Wrona 6

Answers (6):

    15 October, 2021

    Generally, freelancers - specifically those who work as writers - should have a business license so as to have the protection of being regulated by the state. In most states, every company or sole proprietor is required to obtain a permit from one's local secretary of state before undertaking any "non-trivial" transactions. The gamut of what constitutes a "non-trivial" transaction is murky and different jurisdictions may differ - though typically anything that carries with it monetary value or could amount to fraud would be considered but not limited to copyrighting papers, patents, trademarks and copyrights for registered artists.

    15 October, 2021

    A freelance writer is someone who produces written material for different clients at their own discretion. The answer to this question may differ depending on where you are in the world, but consider that many freelance writers need to do business-related tasks such as ordering inventory, invoicing customers and paying housekeeping staff - things that a freelancer needs a business license for. In general the answer is yes. In most cases it's good practice to be licensed, whether a person operates a freelance gig just as a side hustle or by profession--especially due to accountability being essential in cases of disputes with customers or lawsuits from contracts with employers.

    15 October, 2021

    Yes, but not all freelance writers need a federal state license. They may only need to obtain one for the city in which they do their work and pay it's associated taxes. Some cities require freelancers who earn at least $1,000 in a quarter or $12,000 in a year to obtain an individual business license. The cost is typically around $200 per year and there are other requirements such as completing paperwork and filing with your state monthly sales tax reports. You should consult your city's website or government office if you're uncertain about what licenses you might need to obtain in order to achieve compliance with local laws and regulations governing small businesses operating within that particular jurisdiction.

    15 October, 2021

    Not necessarily. If the freelance writer is an independent contractor, they may be required to obtain a business license depending on what state or country they reside in. However, if the freelance writer remains as their own employee of one company and works for that single company exclusively over several years without drawing income from other sources, they may not be required to obtain a wage and business license. More typically though, most freelancers need licenses for all sorts of topics such as employment and real estate so it might not hurt to check with your state or county officials on how specific types of freelancing falls under their jurisdiction.

    15 October, 2021

    No, but they do need to carry general liability insurance. Many states recognize writers as self-employed and thus exempt from the licensing requirement (for purposes such as workman's compensation, unemployment taxes, and other state employment issues). Writers should still carry general liability insurance to protect their own interests in case of a suit. If you would like more information on what your particular state requires, contact your secretary of state office and ask about the requirements for business compensation agreements for freelance writers (whether it be a specific license or something else).

    15 October, 2021

    The answer is no.
    You need to get a business license if you are registered or do business in the state where you are. A vital part of every new company is getting licensed for all taxes and needs to get registered with the Federal Government Register of Corporations, partnerships, and others who are doing business in the U.S- You can find that information at or on your states government website for small businesses that will give more personal attention with an appointment set up for their own requirements.
    A freelancer does not have employees - therefore they don't need a federal tax identification number- only an independent contractor's identification number- IRS publication 1494 card when filing taxes under "employee." State does not require