I've been working with a group of freelancers for a few years now as we all work in the same industry (web development) so we've been helping small businesses on CL a lot.
We decided that we want to own our own website to market our services but by doing so (as our services would be branded as our web domain) do we need to register as a business?
All of our communication with clients and services would be virtual and we are splitting profits equally from our clients but none of us live in the same state (one of us is international) so setting up a business as partners seems odd as you typically register within your state.
If we did have to register as a business but choose someone to be an owner what information would they need about legal? There technically wouldn't be any employees as the pay is per contact.
I just don't want to get in trouble through the IRS or Legal matters. If it's possible to not have to register a business as we are all just freelancers working together, that would make it a lot easier.