Starting a Business in Georgia

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Essential Steps When Starting a Small Business

What do you need to do to start a small business in Georgia? Once you’ve nailed down your idea and your business plan, you need to take several steps to make it official (and compliant with federal and state laws). Know your major considerations:

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Filing a Business Entity

Filing your business entity makes your business official in the state of Georgia. This is necessary for you to legally operate within the state. Businesses must be registered through the Georgia Secretary of State.

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Tax Registration

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

All employers who have employees must be assigned an EIN (or Employer Tax ID) from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Georgia Sales & Use Tax

Obtain your Sales and Use Tax Number if you meet the state’s definition of “dealer.”

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Employer Identification Number (EIN)

All employers who have employees must be assigned an EIN (or Employer Tax ID) from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Employer Identification Number (EIN)

All employers who have employees must be assigned an EIN (or Employer Tax ID) from the Internal Revenue Service.

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Business Licenses & Permits

General Business Licenses

Business licenses can be obtained through Georgia’s Secretary of State office. The state requires different licenses depending on the industry. For the full list of professions that require a license in Georgia, you can consult the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

If you’re ready to apply for your business license, you can use Georgia’s online application.

Local Permits

In addition to Georgia’s business licensing and permit requirements, your local government area may have its own requirements. Check with your local city, county, or municipality for their small business permit requirements. Here are some of the most common additional permits:

  • Business License and/or Tax Permit
  • Building Permit
  • Health Permit
  • Occupational Permit
  • Zoning Permit
  • Signage Permit
  • Alarm Permit

Hiring Laws in Georgia

In addition to the national laws barring discrimination, Georgia has 2 additional laws to prevent hiring discrimination.

Employer Requirements

You’re almost there! The final step in setting up your business is to determine the federal and state employer requirements. You can also consider getting funding to kick start your efforts.

Federal Requirements

State Requirements for Georgia

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