Business License Requirements For In Home Based Businesses In Oregon

Salem is the capital and Portland is the largest city of Oregon. It is a good location to start any business especially home based businesses. More people have begun in home based businesses as it offers them several advantages such as reduced operating costs, saving time and money spent on traveling to the work place, getting quality time with family etc. However, it is necessary to do some research to find out if there are any licensing requirements for operating a business from home.

Business License Requirements:

It is recommended to give your business a legal structure, which can be done with the help of an experienced attorney who will also guide you regarding the type of entity that best suits your business. This can be also done by calling the Oregon Corporation Division at (503) 986-2200 or visiting their website

It will be necessary to choose a business name that has been formed in compliance with applicable State laws and ensuring that it is not a replica of any registered business.

It will be necessary to find out about the various licenses that are required for your kind of business and to check if it is permitted to operate as an in house based business. In order to get a license, all businesses have to get approval from the Planning, Building, Environmental Health and Facilities Departments of the County. In home based businesses must comply with all restrictions, regulations and zoning ordinances required by the Tax Collector, Planning Department as well as being reviewed by the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department if the nature of your business requires it.

There are several factors to be considered, such as:

o Rule that permits only the resident of the home and one employee to work in the house etc.

o Certain commercial businesses have certain restrictions such as complying with zoning laws and regulations that may limit the size of their signboards, restricts the outdoor storage, parking space, or requires other special permits etc.

It will be advisable to contact the local courthouse to garner details about the exact licenses and permits that pertain to your chosen area of business.

Some kinds of businesses do not need licenses where as others require special business licenses and other need a general business license. Some businesses that are in home based require licenses in the State level too such as the food service industry or if you are a professional such as a lawyer, doctor etc. Businesses that offer investment advice or that sells firearms need federal business licenses.

For more information, contact Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at (800) 452-4011; OSHA at (503) 378-3272, or (800) 922-2689 inside Oregon; or the State Fire Marshall at (503) 373-1540.

For information on Oregon taxes, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, (503) 378-4988 or visit

Vending Machines – Low Investment, Big Business Idea

Are you sick of your desk job and somehow sticking to it, waiting for time when you will have enough cash to start your business? Are you are a businessman who is looking for a cool low investment business idea to supplement your existing business? If your answer is ‘Yes’, to any of the above questions, then solutions to your problems lies in vending machine . How? Install these machines at public places such as markets, shopping malls, theaters, opera houses and libraries etc., and earn handsome profits. The business of vending machines needs low seed capital and you can start it with a single machine. You can either, depending on your financial capability, buy the machine or hire it from machine suppliers. Once you are confident in the business then you can invest more and install another machine at a different place. And, the cycle will continue till you have the largest chain of these machines in the country.

These machine business is also a good idea to supplement your exiting business. Whether you own a book store or a grocery store, you can install a machine that dispenses snacks and cold drinks at your shop and earn money from it. Your customers would love to munch on snacks or have a can of their favourite beverage while shopping in your store. Another advantage of these machine business is that it requires little manpower to begin with. You can initially manage the business on your own and can then hire people as the business grows.

Vending Tools come in a variety of types. You can either choose a can vending machine, snacks vending Tools or a combi vendor that dispenses both snacks and drinks. You can buy or hire these machines from any of the leading vending machine suppliers in UK. Go online and Google to get access to suppliers in your area. The hiring charges are pretty reasonable and you would be able to garner good profits. So, start your own vending machine business, be your own boss and realize your dreams even if you have little money to begin with.

Advice for Home Business Success

As I was participating in a group coaching call with my business mentor, one of my colleagues shared a story about how so many people want to give us advice on what they think is best for us as entrepreneurs.

And the funny thing is – the advice is often given by people who have never run a business.

My colleague was working under the guidance of a multi-millionaire while building her business and he had recommended she make specific changes to some marketing materials she was having created.

When she contacted the graphic company to request the changes, the designer became upset and could not understand why my colleague wasn’t following her recommendations on how she thought the materials should be presented.

She insisted a meeting be set-up immediately to discuss “the problem.”

The designer, who was the owner of the graphic design company, was getting by with her business, although not making any remarkable profit, but felt her recommendations were better for my colleague that those of the multi-millionaire mentor.

Whose advice do you think my colleague took?

As you start and build your business, you will come across many people who want to give you advice on what they think you should be doing, who you should be doing it with, and how you should be doing it.

And the most important thing you need to do before following any advice is consider the source.

How many family members have tried to steer you in a certain direction or give you financial advice? If they aren’t rolling in the dough themselves and are living paycheck to paycheck, seek out someone who has already achieved the level of success you’re seeking and ask them for guidance.

Although the intentions of family and friends are often good, they have a personal interest in you – an investment in the outcome. Your results will have an impact them so it’s difficult for them to offer input from an objective standpoint.

How many fellow business owners have tried to influence your decisions, yet have only achieved mediocre results themselves?

The Internet is filled with products and offers promising you millions, while the people behind them are struggling to pay the rent.

The best advice for you as a home-based business owner is to seek out people who are already proven to be at the level of success you want for yourself. Look up the ladder and choose someone several rungs higher and ask for their help in climbing.

Free advice is available in every direction you turn and the important thing to be wary of is you very often get what you pay for.

Many people think they know what’s best for you and your business and the best way to determine their level of expertise on the subject is to look at the results they’ve created for themselves.

If they are the results you’re looking for, take their advice.

If the results are not what you’re seeking, find someone who has already achieved them and ask for their guidance instead.

It isn’t any more simple than that.

2006 © Laurie Hayes – The HBB Source