I'm starting a side business of putting up Christmas lights for people. Will I need to get a business license?
You might be getting a late start with a business of this type, but if you manage your time and work hard you can still brighten people's lives and make a little extra cash.
Most towns don't require a formal business license for this kind of thing, but you might want to check with your local municipality to be sure. It's just quick seasonal work where you show up for a couple of hours and hang lights for someone, right? But if you started hiring people or doing something year round, you'd probably need a formal business license.
Regardless, make sure you have a separate checking account so you can keep track of the income and expenses associated with your work. Merry Christmas, Jason!