Most people are very confused about this. Dog Walking does not require a "trade" business license, but most states will require you to register your business with the state. To find out what your state licensing agency requires, click here. Just enter your state, zip code or city and choose general licensing. This will take you right to the link to register your business. It is usually fairly easy to find this information online, but if you are having trouble finding it, just find a phone number and give them a call. They will be able to tell you all you need to do to become a legal business entity.
Toronto will soon be requiring all walkers to obtain a permit for dog walking.
In the UK, some areas will require you to hold a license if you walk more than 4 dogs. The license is free of charge. Visit http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/Home/EnvironmentandTransport/Dogs/dogwalking.htm for more information.
When you register for your business license, they will ask you what sort of business entity you will want to register under. There are a few options: Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Limited Liability Company and C or S Corporation.
In the next installment, we will talk about what each of these mean and which is the best for you.