I know this isn't a legal forum but this is the only forum I read and I know there are at least a couple lawyers here. I'm not sure if this is the correct section either so the mods can move it as they see fit. My question has to do with starting a business. If I wanted to start a small at home consulting firm what would be the legal requirements. I'm an economist/industrial engineer looking to offer my services to small mom and pop businesses who can't afford the big guys. I'm looking to set up a pay structure that is set as a percent of value added. What are my minimum requirements to comply with the law? Do I have to officially start a company? Do I have to do anything? Again I understand this isn't a legal forum but I'm just looking for a place to start. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.