Most, if not all, businesses require some kind of license, whether local, county, state, or federal. Each type of license has its own set of requirements, which depend on the type of business you have. And while you can easily handle some licensing issues by yourself, other issues will require a lawyer, so be prepared to hire one [source: My Own Business].

Here's how to get a license for your business:

  1. Go to the Business Licenses and Permits page of the Business.gov Web site at http://www.business.gov/register/licenses-and-permits/.
  2. Enter either the name of your city and state or your ZIP code under the Find Licenses and Permits section. Select the type of business from the drop down list. If you don't see your business type listed on the list, select General Licensing.
  3. Click Search to display a page of required local, state and federal licenses, permits and requirements specific to your business.
  4. Read the information on the page. In some cases you'll be able to click links to obtain more information and online license applications.
  5. Obtain more information about federal and state licensing requirements by clicking the links under Federal Licenses and Permits and State Licenses and Permits, respectively, on the Business Licenses and Permits page [source: SBA].

Once you have all the necessary information and forms, you can start taking the necessary steps to fulfill the licensing requirements particular to your business.