Question:

Does a virtual assistant need a business license?

15 October, 2021 Andrew Wrona 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: CHRISTOPHER MOTE
    18 October, 2021

    Answer: The answer depends on your state and business status.

    Some states like Tennessee only require a business license for taxable businesses, which means that you may not be required to register your VA as a "sole proprietor" in many cases because the VA will not be charging any fees. However, there are 13 states such as California that do require registration of your virtual assistant under an assumed name or fictitious adress (which is essentially the same thing).

    The Office of Economic Development website has an excellent guide to determine what your state needs for registering a sole proprietorship/business license - All 50 States Updated 2018 | Small Biz Resources by State. I took into account that it's updated for all 50 US states when they are

  • AUTHOR: MATTHEW PARIS
    18 October, 2021

    Certainly not. Virtual assistants are people who work from their own homes and schedule meetings with clients wherever they have access to a calendar, a phone line, and a reliable internet connection. They offer professional administrative services for general tasks such as scheduling meetings, providing general counsel on legal matters or accounting issues, or just making sure that everything logs into smoothly with specific clients which the virtual assistant has been contracted to manage. Do they need a business license? No. All one needs is an established network of businesses that provide them with opportunities to operate their ethical practices as defined by state law enforcement.

  • AUTHOR: SAMUEL KLEMP
    18 October, 2021

    Some industries require a business license, and the virtual assistant industry has been no exception to this trend. In recent years, a number of states have begun to regulate this largely hands-off profession, which involves providing clients with various outsourced administrative tasks over the phone or via remote computer access. Certain small-business licenses are required for positions such as wayfinding providers, vending machine vendors and even house call professionals providing support services for children or pets - but these licensure guidelines can always be checked on a state's individual Department of Labor website.

  • AUTHOR: PATRICK BLOCK
    18 October, 2021

    answer: It can be difficult to get a heads up business license for a virtual assistant. No, they do not need a business license. For example, an individual who earns money by working in their own home and has no employees does not need general liability or professional liability insurance and would not require an annual license fee since these services are usually outside of the scope of what they offer. In other words, you don't have to take out any licenses if you're self-employed without your own company because you don't pay taxes on this kind of income. But.. If you open your own company with hired staff, laws will apply differently depending on the state where your business is based.

  • AUTHOR: BRYAN PEPPER
    18 October, 2021

    It is up to the virtual business owner what type of license they need. In the state of California, a person will be required to obtain a general small business license, which includes either a single-type or multi-type classification. Persons classified as Professional Employer Organization will not be required to obtain a general small business license. To find out if you are classified as Professional Employer Organization, you must call 1-877-4SOS-BOI (4672) for more information.

  • AUTHOR: BENJAMIN PECORA
    18 October, 2021

    To answer this question, it depends on what type of business a person wants to be. A virtual assistant is a long-term process that takes time and money in order to build a successful company that can provide benefits for their clients. Virtual assistants tend to become in-demand when their mentors develop an in-depth skill set which allows them to collaborate with many different companies at once. If you are currently looking to become a virtual assistant, make sure you have the necessary qualifications before beginning. The National Association of Professional Women recommends holding at least one certificate from your desired industry or field and gaining experience through volunteer opportunities before getting started with freelancing full-time.