My name is Jonah. I am 13 years old and I met you last year at the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention. My mom and I attended your talk. You mentioned that I could get in touch with you if I any questions. Here’s my question:I am looking to start up a micro business by creating iPhone Apps for people. In order to do so, Apple requires one of the following:
- Articles of incorporation
- Business license
- Certificate of Formation
- Charter documents
- Operating Agreement
- Partnership papers
- Reseller or vendor licenseI was wondering how I would be able to get one of those since I’m just starting up a micro business.
Getting a vendor’s license would be the easiest. All the other options involve forming a corporation, something you do not need and are not ready for.
In Ohio you can apply for a vendor’s license at the Secretary of State’s website: http://tax.ohio.gov/divisions/sales_and_use/license.stm
There are several types vendors licenses depending on what you sell and if you travel around selling. I recommend the Service Vendor license. It costs $25.
A word of warning: the State of Ohio expects micro businesses to file sales tax returns every 6 months even if you do not have any sales. One man was fined over $100 because he did not file a sales tax return, even though he didn’t have any sales yet; he was just getting started. He managed to talk them out of the fine.
Here is where you go to file the sales tax returns.
I was able to join the iPhone development program without having to get a vendors license… Turns out if you sign up as a individual, you don’t need to provide any info.