Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
In California, you can't you start a business without a DBA or LLC. I have city permit filed as well.
Is that not necessary in other states?
Well, it's certainly not JUST those two. Certainly you could form a C Corp or S Corp or various partnerships.
I don't know the rules in California, but the normal rule is that you can have a business whether or not you formally file any kind of paperwork with anyone. The paperwork relates mostly to tax obligations and legal liability issues, as well as ownership of assets being vested in a third party rather than individuals, etc. etc.