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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Sales Tax on: March 02, 2004 08:21:43 PM
I'm no expert--still learning myself, but if you know an accountant, that would probably be the best person to ask--at least it was for me.  She answered all my questions.  Like you said, it does vary from state to state, but I know that in Georgia I have to collect sales tax on any sale no matter what gross sales amount I've reached.  If I opened up shop today, sold something for $30 dollars, I'd have to collect 7% tax and report the total sales and tax ammount monthly.  Reporting monthly is a big pain, and I'm not sure if other people actually do it that way or what it's like in other states, but that's what the paperwork I have says to do. And as far as I know, the fact that you paid sales tax to buy supplies doesn't have anything to do with you collecting sales tax.  For the last question, I think your tax ID only helps you in the wholesale arena.  Hobby Lobby is retail only as far as I know, so you'd still be subject to sales tax and you wouldn't get a discounted rate, but you can sometimes use your tax ID to set up wholesale reationships or attend shows like the mart as a buyer.  
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Great eclectic non-chain crafty stores in your area on: March 01, 2004 08:36:24 AM
There's a store in Atlanta called Donna Van Gogh's that sells arty/crafty stuff by artists and crafters only (no made in China or India type stuff).  They sell pottery, jewelry, magnets, cards, photography, candles, etc.  It's one of a kind.  It's not contemporary, though--it has more of an earthy-folk feel about it.  I'm not sure if they just carry local artisits' stuff, but they would tell you.  No web site, but maybe you could look them up and call them to see if they would be a good fit.  
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:"company" names on: March 01, 2004 07:46:37 AM
"Curiosity Kills" is cute but you want people to be curious about your business and may not want to have negative connotations associated with it.  I like the "Nine Lives" idea!  Once you have a name you like, check to see if it's trademarked at http://www.uspto.gov/
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:success stories? need to be inspired. on: March 01, 2004 07:35:01 AM
The most successful boutique shop owner I know seems to be very successful because she does so many things to stand out and to draw peope to her shop.  She has art openings for local artisits, album debuts for some local musicians, fashion shows, fun singles get togethers--all in her hip, lofty looking shop.  When you're doing something similar to so many others, you have to find your own way to stand out.  She told me, though, that the absolute most important thing for her was to have a tight, very specific business plan.  Hope that helps!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Copyright Info / Using Other Peoples' Images / Etc on: March 01, 2004 07:11:13 AM
This was the best resource for me in regards to copyright questions (and the most official, I think).  http://www.copyright.gov
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