Check State Government Rules
State and local governments may establish requirements in addition to the national regulations.
Texas.gov maintains a list of licenses or permits needed for business activity.
The Texas Department of Insurance/Division of Workers' Compensation requires employers who carry and who do not carry workers' compensation insurance coverage to comply with certain reporting and notification requirements.
Get an Employer Identification Number
Just as an individual possesses a Social Security Number, a business receives this one. The Internal Revenue Service assigns the numbers. You can apply for the number at the IRS using Form SS4. You may need Adobe Acrobat to read these forms.
The state Business & Commerce Code describes the use of a business name.
Choose the Legal Entity
You may wish to operate as a sole proprietor, partnership, or corporation.
Check National and Industry Specific Regulations
National government standards of health and safe practices apply to some industries, and private or professional associations' guidelines extend to others. Laws also cover the relationship between employers and employees.
The company must also display publicly the basic business laws setting relationships between employer and employee. Public displays should include provisions relating to minimum wage, family leave, equal opportunity, polygraph, and migrant workers. Federal Contractors should, in addition, display rules about construction work (the Davis Bacon Act) and service contracts (the Walsh Healey Act). Other divisions of the Labor Department may, in addition, focus on specific issues. You can read a more complete list of rules beyond the displayed fundamental rights at the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration sets standards for different industries and for firms of a certain size.
The Small Business Administration now offers a section on laws.
Private member associations, such as the American Bar Association, American Medical Association, Association of Certified Public Accountants, etc., also regulate their practitioners.
Paying taxes is a part of doing business.