These days there are so many threats to your business and its growth. There are new competitors that are coming into your market. There are new marketing campaigns trying to take away your client base. There are other threats that may not seem that obvious. Having a business license is a vital one, and more importantly having the right one for your type of business is key. If you don’t have a license or have the wrong type of license then you expose your business and personal assets to unnecessary risk.


A business license is a permit that allows you to conduct business within a city, county or state. It is a legal document that allows you to run your business within the limits of a certain area. This permit also notifies the local government that there is new business to promote and collect taxes from. There are many different types of business license available in Washington State. They include Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited Liability Limited Partnership, Corporation, Nonprofit Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Trust, Joint Venture, and many others. These all provide different advantages and disadvantages from a legal and tax perspective depending on what your business goals are. A Sole Proprietorship is an easy and common license to set up. It provides a vehicle to operate your business but may leave you exposed to more risk from a legal standpoint. There is also a Limited Liability Company or LLC license. They are a bit harder to set up but provide more legal protection in the event of the legal matter.


As previously mentioned there are two primary functions for having a business license. The first is to have a proper way to operate your business from a tax perspective. You need to have permission to operate your business in your area. The second is to provide the legal vehicle for you operate your business. You need to have the legal protection to run your business in the event of a lawsuit. These reasons alone provide enough incentive to acquire a business license


Having a business license is absolutely vital in your business plan. It is critical that you make sure you select the right type of business license for your business. If you select a weaker license for your business type you could put your personal assets along with your business assets in harm’s way. This is why you should seek a business license lawyer for your legal needs. They can help make sure you are getting the right type of license.

If you are in need of a business license or you simply want to make sure your business has a proper license in place or that your license is providing the right amount of protection for your business assets consider reaching out to Andrews and Arbenz. We are an experienced business license lawyer and have a deep knowledge of the legal needs for the businesses of south Puget Sound.