Question: Do I need a business license to start a home-based business in Virginia? It is all done on the Internet so do I still need a license?
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires most businesses to obtain a license or permit that is issued by the Commonwealth and in many cases, other licenses of permits may also be required by your local government.
Even if you operate a business from home, you still need to license. Anytime you earn money there are two entities that always want to know: the federal government, and your state tax agency.
The following resources will help you determine your licensing requirements:
- Guide to Business Licenses and Permits: Tools and resources to help you determine your licensing requirements.
- Virginia Business Portal: A a gateway to all government-to-business services, as well as legal requirements, including taxes, licenses, and much more.
- If you are just starting a business or growing one, the Virginia Gov Business Resources provides tools and resources to help your plan, start or expand your business.