Paper Work

Determined to do things right the first time, I walked into the city hall to get a business license. A nice lady handed me a form and instructed me that I needed to register online in the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code and then fill out the municipal form and hand it in to be considered/rehashed. I would then be told, in two or more weeks, if my application had been accepted. Then it would cost about $75 for the license. The reason for the state of our economy became a little clearer that day. I’d imagined that I would have the form done and handed in by later that day. Actually it took me a couple of days just to get the online registration figured out. I had to apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) before even starting that process.

I had to learn about the different business organizations, and discern which applied to me. This all probably sounds amusing to those who have done business for years or have been to business school, but most of this I learned as I figured out what to put on the forms.

For those who are just as ignorant as I, someday I’ll write my understanding of each business organization (with a link to the real definitions). As I delve into this maze of policies and regulations I’ll try to keep checking in here, that those who come after might have a reference of what they need to do (or not do) to get their business off the ground.

Sometimes you just need to step back and remind yourself that it’s possible, that others have done it, and that you have what it takes to make it happen if you just apply yourself and don’t let the thick of things sap your strength. In football they taught us to keep our feet moving and chopping with such intensity that our opponents would hesitate to grab hold of us, and if they did then we might break their grip. If we were doing the tackling then we needed to have so much power behind us that grip didn’t matter. Nothing is more exhausting than paper work.


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