As a sole proprietor, you begin a business in your name.
Depending on your location and business name, you may be required to have a business license and file a fictitious business name statement, also known as a “doing business as” or DBA.
The income you receive as a sole proprietor is taxed as an individual (no double taxation like a corporation).
See a CPA/tax consultant for the tax ramifications of starting your business as a sole proprietor.
You may be required to have a business license if the city or locality in which you live requires it.