Jane Haskins, Esq. writes for LegalZoom with eight basic steps to getting an online business up and running without The Man shutting you down. Here is how to keep it on the level.
Start by selecting your business structure—sole proprietorship (the simplest option), limited liability company (better for protecting yourself personally from debt), or corporation (best for world domination). Then decide where to officially form the business. Next, select a snappy, unique name and grab an accompanying domain name. File your business formation papers, and likewise set up your finances by, among other things, obtaining a federal tax ID number from the IRS. Research sales tax and licensing requirements in your state, and then finally go about the business of setting up the website. For further detail, you can read the original article here: https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/how-to-start-an-online-business-in-8-steps