Q. Could a green cleaning service be incorporated as a non-profit or for profit?
A. I doubt if you could qualify as a non-profit corp. unless you are an educational institution, a research foundation, or a religious organization. In your area the Washington, DC web site is http://brc.dc.gov/nonprofit/nonprofit.asp. They indicate you can incorporate for a fee of $185 and must have $1,000 on balance in your bank account. They also offer basic details about preparing your articles of incorporation.
Also, check to see if you can file without an attorney. Trade name registration is $50 and they have a kit you can download. If your assets and net worth are still minimal and you are not concerned about litigation, you could set up shop in most cities for under $100 as a sole proprietor. Sole proprietor registration usually takes 10 minutes. Then, as you grow and have assets to protect, you can switch to a corporation. But, it’s always good to check with an attorney to see if you have unknown exposure for your intended operations.
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