The Cost of Doing Business

One thing you quickly learn as a small business owner is that there is a lot of paperwork involved. When I opened up shop, I had to research my business name to make sure no one else was using it, then register it with the state, apply for an EIN from the IRS, file the business name with the county, run DBA ads, and open a bank account. In addition to time and money, it required learning several acronyms.

Moving to another state meant another set of forms, fees, and filings. In addition to updating my clients, I filed a change of business address with the IRS, registered my business name with the State of Oregon (as well as the City of Portland and Multnomah County), filed a statement of abandonment of fictitious business name with the County of Los Angeles, and published a Statement of Abandonment for four consecutive weeks. Don't even get me started on what my tax preparation is going to look like!

Fortunately, there are tons of resources available for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are moving a business. While I only used the SBA website, I highly recommend all of their services. The array of knowledge and support they can offer is at little or no cost is amazing.

I primarily used Google to figure out the steps I needed to take to move Mixto Communications from California to Oregon. Here are the articles I referenced to develop a plan. Keep in mind that not every step applies to every business, especially when it comes to sole proprietorships versus corporations or LLCs. FYI, life is also easier when you move if your legal name is part of your business name. (Knowledge is power!)

How to Move a Sole Proprietorship from One State to Another from the Houston Chronicle

The Legal Steps Involved in Moving Your Business to a New State from the SBA

How to Change a DBA in Los Angeles from LegalZoom

How to Establish a Sole Proprietorship in Oregon from Nolo

Of course, these are just the legal steps. As for the marketing aspects of building a network and adding new clients, that's a whole other ball of wax. Fortunately for me, that's the fun part.