Many of the same laws which apply to normal businesses also apply to home businesses. Speak with a lawyer and the Department of Labor for your state to learn which laws and regulations will apply to your business.

You may need to obtain: a separate bank account for the business, a separate business telephone, a work certificate or license, and a sales tax registration number.

If you have employees, you’ll be held responsible for social security taxes and income withholding. You’ll need to observe all health & safety regulations and minimum wage requirements.

Certain products can’t be produced in a home due to zoning regulations. Explosives, fireworks, drugs, poisons, toys, and sanitary or medical products cannot be produced in a home-based operation. Some states prevent home production of other items, so check your state’s laws.