I finally got around to establishing my own LLC last night (single member LLC, no employees now or in the foreseeable future). Now, since I'm in the business of buying and selling, I'm looking to branch out and deal with wholesalers directly, almost all of which require an EIN. My question here is, when I go to the irs site to apply for the EIN, it asks what type of EIN I'm applying for. I've heard people say 'sole proprietor' is easiest for tax filing purposes (can just file it on your schedule C), but when I select 'sole proprietor', it states the following: I just checked the irs site, and it said this on the EIN application when I selected 'sole proprietor': Sole Proprietor A sole proprietorship is a business that has only one owner and is not incorporated or registered with the state as a limited liability company (LLC). A sole proprietor can be a self-employed individual or an independent contractor. Sole proprietors (self-employed individuals) report all business income and expenses on their individual tax returns (Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Schedule C, E, or F). A sole proprietor may or may not have employees. So I'm assuming a single member LLC ALSO HAS TO apply for an LLC EIN, and is not qualified for a sole proprietor EIN? Are there any downfalls to an LLC EIN? Again, I just want an EIN in order to deal with wholesalers and also to open up a new seperate checking account for my business, which would make my life easier. People with personal experience with an LLC, please chime in. And lastly, if I'm designing my own website for my company and hiring temporary 'freelancers' or 'aid', they don't technically qualify as 'employees', correct? Can they just be written off as 'freelance business expenses?' I was always curious as to how that worked. Just want to make sure I cover all my bases before I start really scaling things up. Thanks in advance!