Can anyone please provide a business legalization checklist (Illinois/USA)?

 

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Can anyone please provide a business legalization checklist (Illinois/USA)?

I sell handmade jewelry for now, but plan to sell other handmade accessories and clothing I design online, as well. I don’t plan to go brick and mortar- pop up shops only. If anything in person at all. No employees and I don’t collect tax yet.

I don’t know if I should or shouldn’t apply for an EIN yet, or just use my SSN for taxes. The person said I must but other sources say to only do so if I am an employer. Anyone know what this is about? Who I can call for help? Like. I know nothing.

I tried to call Chicago (where I am) city hall but the person who answered seemed rushed and is telling me different information from what I found online. And then she hung up on me in the middle of another question so I’d rather not call city hall again. Before that, she gave me websites that are difficult to navigate but I got to the end of one my city registry application.

I do not have the money to pay the fee, right now, so I have to wait until I do. I read on another forum that someone pays about $100 a year for their permit, domain, and some other assets. Does anyone know of how this can happen? Rather than paying $500-$700 up front? (Which I would rather do instead of pay multiple payments. But I didn’t know I had to save up for anything but a seller’s permit until after I launched my business’ website.)

TLDR I have no clue what I’m doing. How did you all go about legalizing your business? Is there anything I should specifically not do?

Can anyone please provide a business legalization checklist (Illinois/USA)?

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