Registrations for E-Retail business in USA


We plan to start e-retail (online retail business of organic products) in USA and would like to know the following:

- Do we need to take license to start online business?

- Any registration required?

- Any legal formalities to be done to start the business

Thanks and regards,


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asked Nov 13 '10 at 05:07
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There are a lot of things to take into account. You definitely needs to register your business. No question about it. A S-Corp or LLC, as far as I know S-Corp is better when starting up. There is nothing like license for most business but since it appears that you will be selling food items online, more digging is needed on license.

I have been in US for around a decade and am myself interested in starting something like that. If you are interested in seeing how we can collaborate on this kind of effort, I will be interested in talking to you. I am on east coast in US and have friends who are accountants and lawyers who will definitely be of help in starting a business like this. Let me know what you think..

answered Nov 13 '10 at 06:04
Birender Saini
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  • Thanks Birender. Thats look good, I might be coming to USA in Feb-March on east coast (NJ). If you any idea or suggestions do send me and we take things forward.... – Manuj 13 years ago
  • Sounds great Manuj. I am looking forward to discussing things with you. Can you give me your email address or if you wish, you can email me? You can see my first name and last name below. My email id is - firstname (dot) lastname – Birender Saini 13 years ago


Manuj -

I have helped more than two dozen overseas companies and entrepreneurs start up businesses here in the U.S.

As a result, I have written several blog posts about various aspects of the process. I recommend that you start with Foreign Companies: Form a New Corporation when You Come to the U.S. and follow the links to other posts from there.


Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

answered Nov 13 '10 at 07:14
Dana Shultz
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