Can I activate payments without a registered business for my side-hustle?

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Wanted to ask, whether it's possible to collect/activate payments (e.g. with Shopify Payments or other payment gates) without having a legal business registered. 

I'm planning on starting a side-hustle. Before manufacturing any products and make sure the business is feasible 1st.




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Shopify Staff (Retired)
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Hello, @Luxuriousminx!


It is indeed possible to have an account and start selling, even if you don't have your business legally registered.


Before going ahead, I would still recommend you check requirements with your local tax experts etc. just to make sure you're complying with everything there, but as far as Shopify goes, - it's as easy as going to this link here to learn more and set up your store.


Just note for Shopify Payments, you must be based in a region where it's supported, and I have a list of other requirements for you here.


What kind of products are you looking to sell? I would love to hear more about your business. 

Lana | Social Care @ Shopify
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