Business License For Seasonal Job?

Jason probably doesn't have to worry about a business license for his seasonal work of putting up Christmas lights for people.

QUESTION: Jason is starting a business of putting Christmas lights up for people during the Christmas season.  Does he need to get a business license?

ANSWER: In most municipalities you won’t need a business license.  As long as this is a seasonal thing where you pull up in your pick-up truck and work for a couple hours putting lights on someone’s house, you don’t need a business license. 

If you start doing something year round and employ people, you need to look at getting a business license. 

You should get a separate checking account so that you can keep track of income and expenses associated with the business.

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