Hey entrepreneurs! Don't get caught up in red tape. Please get your entrepreneur permit before you start working on your idea! Those fines and delays in getting started can really derail you.
It varies by city, but usually you can find the info easily. The application shouldn't take long either, and after paying a small fee to your municipality, you can have your entrepreneur license.
I always overlook this piece of advice when asked about the first step in starting a company. So, please - DON'T FORGET. Go get your entrepreneur permit* before you get to work!
*There is no such thing as an entrepreneur permit. Yes, there are business licenses to get and articles to file, but those are company specific. You, sir or madam, are free to start making whatever you want. So, take your idea and go get busy. No permit required.