I`m in the process of getting my website off the ground. I`m doing the website on my own, because I know exactly how I want it. It`s not ready for public review just yet. I search public records at my home. I`m going to get a home occupation permit from the county, but I have to first go before a board at the planning department. I definitely know I need that, but do I need a business tax license as well. I`m sole proprietor, I will be filing a regular tax return, just as self employed. I will pay self employment taxes throughout the year, why should I have to pay business tax also. Another question, I may be on the wrong board for this. My website will require for my customers to send a lot of personal information online, I need something reasonable priced to protect my customers information.