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Making Your Business Legit

Registration, Licenses, Taxes, Accounting, oh my!

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Many times starting a self-employed business is your first time filing for a business license, doing bookkeeping, and filing business taxes. It can seem like a daunting undertaking, and it is if you've never done it before. Setting up a business is no more complicated than renewing a motor vehicle registration if you know what office to visit, etc.

In the grand scheme of things, these are the minor hoops you need to get through that will set your business up for (legit) success. Let me save you hours of internet research, guess work, and worry with this course generated from my own experience and research spurred by the questions of dozens of clients over the years.

In this course we'll cover basic business knowledge for:

  • selecting a legal entity for your business (aka: sole-proprietor, LLC, etc.)
  • how to get a business license, and who issues them
  • what records you need to keep, and easy/affordable strategies to do so
  • an introduction to intellectual property rights (aka: copyright, trademark, etc.)
  • which professionals to turn to in order to get support on any of these issues
  • all content tailored to freelancers or self-employed businesses operating in the City of Seattle

With a little bit of guidance, your business will be legit in no time!

Please note: this course contains general recommendations. I am not a lawyer nor accountant and cannot give legal, tax or financial advice. I am not liable for any legal results, losses or tax liabilities due to actions taken (or not taken) based on these recommendations. Always consult a local tax professional when planning your taxes. Always consult a lawyer about legal needs.


Your Instructor


Maggie Karshner
Maggie Karshner

Owner and operator of Maggie Karshner, self-employment coach. As a coach she blends her past experience in business, marketing, fundraising, event planning, volunteer management, systems development, and implementation of SaaS business solutions. Maggie has been thrilled to provide one-on-one coaching for many years. In this online school you get the benefit of her most common lessons in this easy and accessible format. One on one help is also always available to you. Feel free to reach out!



Course Curriculum


  Overview
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  Legal Entity
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  Licenses and Registrations
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  Accountability
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  Protecting Your Intellectual Property
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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