Smith + Schwartzstein
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What licenses do businesses need?

Businesses don't always need the same licenses, but the majority do need at least one or two to run legally. When you become a registered business in New Jersey, you may need to show that you have professional licensing or occupational licenses.

The State of New Jersey has a website where you can find the licenses and permits you need for your specific business, but where do you start?

You have to register your business

If you have not yet registered your business, you'll need to do so. You will be asked to name your business and provide information for trademarks, service marks, business taxes and other important parts of your business's development. Once you do this, you'll need to look into specific licensing.

Get the basic licensing required

If you work in construction, you'll have permits and licensing to obtain to show that you have the education needed to work on homes. For instance, those who plan to work as home improvement contractors only need to register, but if they're operating large machinery, like cranes, they may require operator's licenses to go with the machinery being used.

For someone who works in delivery, it's necessary to obtain a commercial license plate. Educators require education licenses. Professional engineers require engineering licenses and certificates to work with machinery and materials on the job.

Starting a business takes time, and getting the right licenses matters. Ask your attorney if you're unsure of the licensing you need, so you make the right decisions when filing for licensing and registration to protect your business.

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