Domitille Lee wrote:
first I want to thank all of you who take the time to answer all the questions that we beginners have, it is so helpful.
I looked around but haven't seen the answer to my question: what exactly do you need to do to establish yourself as a freelance translator in California?
I am moving from France to the US because of my partner's job transfer; I am French but a US resident (green card). From what i understand, if you use your own name to do business, all you need (to work as a sole proprietor) is a permit/licence from your city, and you can use your Social Security Number as your EIN. And then you need to take care of your taxes. Anything else?
AFAIK, there is no permit needed for a sole prop working from home, unless you want to have an office with a business name. You can use your name as a business name without registering it. The banks recognize that. You can open a business account with your personal name.
If you would like to use a business name, or DBA (doing business as) then you have to register for a fictitious business name and post the name for several weeks on a newspaper. But that's another case.
So, no permit/license.
I notice that you went to UCI. I live about an hour away from UCI, in SGV area. Welcome back to sunny Cal then!
Sola Gratia, Soli DEO Gloria.