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How can I keep a business license in California, while I work remotely?


in Cali, Colombia by @fuzzybabybunny | 5yr  | 2 comments

I used to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I registered an LLC and the business address was the actual location of my office. I hung my business license in the location as well, as required.

The business does 100% of its business in the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers are there. My contractors are there. My business is focused there.

Well, the business hasnโ€™t changed but Iโ€™m able to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

  • I no longer have an office in the Bay Area, so no where to hang my business license. In the past inspectors have come into my office to check that my business license was there.
  • I donโ€™t have any physical location that I go back to in the US.
  • The only address I use is a mailing address for a mail-forwarding company that I use. I rent a locker from them and they consolidate all my mail and forward it to me where ever I may be in the world at that time. They have warehouse locations in Los Angeles, Reno, and Portland.

Considering my situation, how should I go about getting a business license in California?

  • LegalZoom says: โ€œCalifornia state law requires businesses to use a street address in California. PO Boxes are not allowed. If your business is run out of your home, you can use that address.โ€
  • I donโ€™t have a physical location, so thereโ€™s no where to hang my license when I apply for one from the city.
  • What would my business address be?
  • Should I apply for a business license in the city where the mail-forwarding company has the warehouse?
  • I also donโ€™t have a location/person to act as my process agent in case someone needs to serve me court papers.
  • Ideally, I want to do EVERYTHING out of my mailing address, but all it is is a locker in a massive warehouse managed by the mail-forwarding company.
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@mattreinhart | 5yr

Does your business really need to be incorporated in California? It seems like itโ€™s more trouble that itโ€™s worth. Arenโ€™t the taxes also pretty steep in CA?

Maybe consider incorporating an LLC in WY or even off-shore since you are no longer resident in the US.

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@fuzzybabybunny | 5yr

From what I understand, my business does not need to be incorporated in CA, BUT I need a select a new place of incorporation carefully. One of my primary requirements would be that I be able to incorporate with just a mailing address, and with just a PO Box as absolute maximum. I want to never have to go in person to this location.

I have to be able to manage everything online. There is no way Iโ€™m going to be able to manage it in person, since that would require an airplane ticket. That means paying fees, opening accounts, updating company info, getting served by the court, and general business maintenance all done online.

Unfortunately, this seems to be a tall order since governments arenโ€™t generally following the curve of technology :frowning:

Iโ€™m not doing this to avoid taxes. If I incorporate outside of CA, even anywhere in the world, I still have to pay the same CA LLC Franchise Tax Fees + CA Income tax since my sales are generated in CA and I do business primarily in CA.

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I'm preparing my Portuguese D7 long-term visa application and one of the required documents is proof of travel insurance with medical coverage. However, as an Australian citizen, if put that as my country of residence in many travel insurance companies' quick quote forms, I'm unable to get ANY insurance coverage at all because of the current travel ban out of Australia, and the Australian govt's 'Do Not Travel' advice to ALL countries. I know that Aussies are applying for, and successfully getting visas from the Portuguese Consulate here, so where and how are they fulfilling this insurance requirement if insurers aren't selling any coverage? Does anybody know or have any ideas?

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in Brazil by @essentiallyint | 4mo 4 months ago | 2 comments

I am new to working out of coworking spaces. My business entails a lot of video conferences. I haven't chosen a specific coworking space yet but generally, what are the potential solutions for this? I have a microphone and headphones but still fell like it may be inconsiderate to take the calls anywhere in the coworking space. For a solo person, what are some general solutions? Are there usually options to rent a private room by the hour with just enough room to set up my microphone and laptop? Sidenote: any coworking space recommendations in Florianapolis, Brazil would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Any nomads in Arizona, US?


in Netherlands by @info132 | 4mo 4 months ago | 0 comments

Hi guys,

After the Netherlands, the Bay Area, Colorado and being on the van life for 8 months, I am now in Sedona, AZ with a few other digital nomads. We are sharing a home here and are wondering if there are more like minded people in the area.

We do a bunch of hikes and campouts in the northern of Arizona. If you would like to connect with us, please do so :)

Val

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