How to Start a Business in NC
Starting your own business
Starting a business involves planning, making key decisions and completing a series of legal steps. We're here to help you get your business off the ground.
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If you have to ask the question, then you probably are. Sometimes a hobby can become a business.
You are in business if:
- You start to charge for that barbecue sauce that you make for your friends
- You buy and sell items online
- You buy and sell items at the flea market (a single yard sale is not a business. You're in business if you regularly purchase items to resell.)
If you are doing any of these under your own name, then the state considers you a sole proprietor. Minimum state requirements are to pay sales and income taxes.
If you're expanding your business or moving to North Carolina, or making changes to your business, check this website for the business registration, licensing, tax and employee implications.
Then visit Thrive NC for:
- One-on-one assistance for expansion or relocation
- Location tools and data
- Financing and Capital
In addition, be aware that the state community college system has an excellent Customized Training Program for N.C. Business and Industry.