What steps do I need to take regarding the legal aspects of beginning an online business? Background - I've been designing custom birth announcements, invites for friends and am wanting to expand it into a small online business.
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You don't need to do anything extra over what you would generally need to do when starting a business.
If starting a business, you would want to decide on your legal structure so that you could determine what paperwork you need to file - i.e., if you're going to incorporate, you need an EIN from the IRS. You will probably need to register with your state and get any necessary licenses -- for your type of business a state license won't be required. But, you may want to get a Fictitious Name (some states call it a DBA).
If you're going to do business online, you will want to decide how you want to do that business - do you want to sell on eBay, have your own website, or both? But there are no legal things involved with decisions like that.
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