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magicman02
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If you are full-time pro and your office is in your house or apartment do you still have to get a business license in order to operate your business like other businesses do? You are not leasing a place or anything, but you are doing business. What if you have a home-based business, do you need to register, or is being a magician an exception?
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Each city and town is different as each will have its own business license ordinance. You are correct to suspect that not having a conventional retail, commercial, or industrial establishment might mean you don't need a license. One thing I am pretty sure of, however, is that being a magician is not an exception.

The easiest answer for you is to call the business license office at city hall and ask. In most places, the license is a small sum.

--Rick
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Amir,

Get an accountant. My accountant sets everything up for me. I pay him a flat fee and he's off to the races. He files the appropriate paperwork with the state, then I'm covered for everything including tax issues.

Robert Bloor
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magicman02
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Check this out my dad is an accountant and so is my best friend. Also my brother will be a lawyer soon, so I don't really have to pay for that service. How cool is that? I got lucky.
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Amir,

That is good news to help you get started. But as for retaining their services on a long-term basis, beware of conflicts of interest.

Unless it's a family-owned and operated business, I wouldn't ever have my family knowing what's on my books.

Robert Bloor
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