Ok, my SO and I want to start our own remodeling business along with a friend. Nothing fancy, just trying to work for ourselves, live the American Dream, whatever. We’ve been doing jobs on the side up to this point, not licensed, not reporting income, etc. Now, in starting to research everything that has to be done to be legal, taxes, insurance, etc. I have come to the conclusion that one of several things must be true:
- The government does not want people to own businesses and makes the process a confusing mess of red tape.
- Everyone who owns a small business is actually working illegally because it is impossible to set everything up correctly.
- Everyone who owns a business is smarter than me and I am the only stupid person who thinks it is utterly confusing.
Now, I don’t think I’m a stupid person, especially when I see some of the other people who run their own businesses.
Sometimes when I consider this I wonder how in the world some of these people got through this process. Do I need a million dollars to pay others to set all this up for me? I am planning on having a lawyer draw up contracts, accountant to do our taxes, etc. but I think I should be able to do the bulk of it myself. Am I crazy?
You’re smart. Help me out. Anyone who owns a business / knows about this please give advice. I dont’ even know what to call us…a partnership, corporation, aaaugh! I am afraid of missing something and being sued for a jillion dollars. (I realize different states / countries are different, but any advice would be great. I live in Michigan, BTW.)
Is it worth it or should we give up and continue working for the man?