Hey all you freelancers out there. Ever wondered how to get a DBA (doing business as)? It’s actually really easy to do. First you have to set up a Fictitious Business name (FBN). In Orange County you can do this by going to the county clerks in Santa Ana and filing in person or by filing online. You first must make sure your FBN is available. Search to see if your desired FBN is available here.
These fees apply at time of filing:
Filing fee $23.00 for one business name.
$7.00 for each additional business name
$7.00 for each additional partner after first two
After you have filed, you must be published in a local paper. Publication must occur in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the principal place of business is located within thirty (30) days after filing.Your FBN lasts for 5 years and gives you ability to apply for a sellers license and all kinds of other goodies. All the info can be found at the OC county clerks webpage here. Good luck.
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