Florida Sole Proprietorship

Are you looking to start a Florida Sole Proprietorship, or learn how to become a Sole Proprietor in FL? If so, starting a Sole Proprietorship in Florida is one of the simplest business entities to form.

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Owning and/or registering a Florida Sole Proprietorship

The first step in FL Sole Proprietor registration is to determine your FL Sole Proprietorship business name. A Sole Proprietor in Florida has the option of using his legal name, or creating a FL Sole Proprietorship trade name. Our License Checklist & Forms Packet can provide a lot of the information you'll need to obtain a business name.

Choosing a name for my FL Sole Proprietorship business (DBA)

There are a few ways to check the availability of a business name for your Sole Proprietorship in Florida, including doing a basic internet search, searching the list of ‘fictitious' or ‘assumed' business names at your local county clerk's office, searching your state's database of ‘fictitious' or ‘assumed' business names, and searching the federal trademark database at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

How Easy is it to Create a Sole Proprietorship in FL?

Establishing, or registering a FL Sole Proprietorship is easy, economical and reasonably uncomplicated. You can simply create a FL Sole Proprietorship just by going into business. In other words, if you're going to be the only owner of the business, the business will automatically be a FL Sole Proprietorship. An exception to the above mentioned rule would be if you incorporated your business – or organized it as an LLC.

An Example of a Florida Sole Proprietor, or FL Sole Trader

If you're a freelance writer that works on projects for multiple businesses as an independent contractor, and you file your taxes by way of a 1099 – then you ARE a Sole Proprietor in FL, or a FL Sole Trader of your own business, even if it has no official name. To stay organized, you may file your Florida Sole Proprietorship taxes, or Florida sole trader taxes, quarterly, as opposed to annually.

Frequently asked questions about FL Sole Proprietorship

  1. What are the liabilities of Sole Proprietors in Florida?

    The FL Sole Proprietor is personally liable for financial debts of the business and any claims brought against the business to the full extent of his personal assets.

  2. How are FL Sole Proprietors taxed?

    The IRS sees the Florida Sole Proprietor and the business as the same for income tax purposes. The Sole Proprietor in FL pays income taxes on the profits of the business as though it were personal individual income.

  3. How does a Florida Sole Proprietorship differ from other company forms?

    A Sole Proprietorship in Florida differs from other forms of business in several ways. The main ways a FL Sole Proprietorship is different can include; being the least complex and cheapest form of doing business, requiring no formal paperwork to set up and don't need to be registered with the state, they don't shield individuals from liability for their business debts, they are treated as simple income for tax purposes and do not need to have separate taxes prepared.

  4. Do I have to register my FL Sole Proprietorship or Sole Trader with the state?

    A Sole Proprietorship or Sole Trader in Florida is a company with only one owner and is not registered with the state, unlike a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

  5. Will I need licenses or permits for a Sole Proprietorship in Florida?

    Like all businesses, you'll need to obtain the necessary licenses and permits. Regulations vary by industry, state and locality. To learn more on licensing and permits, visit the Small Business Association web site.

To learn more, download the new Business License Checklist & Forms Packet to assist you with the Florida Sole Proprietorship process, as well as offer you helpful information on popular Sole Proprietorship topics.

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