Business Start-Up Check List

Posted on September 18, 2008. Filed under: -- Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

By Molly Greaves

Howdy ya’ll. Looking to start your own business but not sure how to get started or to make it “official?” Don’t worry, there are a ton of people in your situation. It’s a good situation to be in by the way. It means that you’re on your way to self-employment and entrepreneurship of some sort. Cheers to that. The economy that we are currently experiencing creates more entrepreneurs as more people lose their jobs OR get sick and tired of worrying about losing their job. Perhaps that’s you.

Listed below is information that should be helpful if you are looking to start a new business in the state of Texas.


To conduct business in Texas, contact the Office of The Secretary of State. The office location is 1019 Brazos, Rudder Bldg., 78701. Call them, 512-463-5555.


ASSUMED NAME/DBA (Doing Business As)

Unicorporated businesses must file as assumed name certificate in the County Clerk’s Office in the County where the business is located.



Contact the City Clerk of where your business will be located.



Contact the State Comptroller of Public Accounts for sales tax permit and information. VIsit them: 1711 San Jacinto Blvd, Central Services Building, Ste 180, Austin 78701. Call them, 512-463-4600.



For a federal tax identification number, often referred to as FEIN, contact Texas Workforce Commission/Tax Dept, 101 E 15th St. Austin 78778. Want to call them? 512-463-3196.

** The Commissioner’s Office representing employers provides an information package for employers. Please fax your request for the package to 512-463-3196.



For info on this, contact the Texas Department of Insurance, 333 Guadalupe, 78701. 512-322-3493.  I think this is cool: To become more familiar with basic requirements for worker’s comp in Texas or for a new law guide, a qtrly newsletter, and other information, contact the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission, 400 S. IH35 Austin 78704. Call them at 512-804-4000.


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