I had just registered my trade name and walked out of the office holding my Proof of Registration like it was a diploma. It felt exciting. It felt terrifying. It felt real. I had made the first step towards being a legitimate business and I couldn’t be happier. It was like a new chapter had been opened for me.
The feeling wouldn’t last for very long though because once the initial rush had come and gone, I had to ask myself “What next?” It felt like there was still so much to do. Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend very long thinking about it.
The next step was to open a business account for my company. This process is a little more involved but no more complicated. So how do you do it? All you need to do is bring your proof of filing (registration), some photo ID and make an appointment with your local bank. They usually have an associate who deals with small businesses who will ask a few questions, get to know you and your business and help you get through the paperwork. In my case, I thought it was relatively easy. The whole process took about an hour or so.
Now with a trade name and a business account I was ready to take over Edmonton as the city’s premier dungeon master! Or so I thought. It would take ten months for me to run my first event.
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