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« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2008 04:43:40 PM »

Do you have to have a bussiness lic. to sell on the internet.....
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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2008 11:17:06 AM »

Do you have to have a bussiness lic. to sell on the internet.....

Legally, yes.  Each state has different requirements and such, but if you're making a profit it's considered a business.
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« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2008 10:00:33 AM »

Regarding biz lic.:
Yes, if you're making a PROFIT you need one, but how many of us consistantly spend more on supplies than we take in on sales? I believe if you are not writing off your expenses, and not making a noticably large profit, it's considered a hobby.

I was selling my art on Ebay and kept track of profits/losses (including shipping and posting fees), and found I was barely breaking even after a full year. Not worth bothering with a license for, so long as I didn't attempt to write off any expenses, according to my bookkeeping friend.
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« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2008 10:05:02 AM »

That licence stuff was my question too! Some people I met today said to be carefull. I am living in the Netherlands. Has someone experiences with this? I think I'll make a call this Monday to the institution who provides the licence.

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« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2008 11:50:18 AM »

Profit?  Hah!  I'm definitely not making a profit.  It only fuels my purchasing power for more crafty supplies.   Grin
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« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2009 03:50:34 PM »

I'm going to be opening a shop in the next 4 months or so and this is what I have been doing to prepare

1. I already have a business number due to being a rmt, but to answer the business number (license) question, every province/state has different laws about how much you can legally make per year before you need to get a license. I'd suggest calling your local service line ( Mines Service New Brunswick) and they will tell you all you need to know. In NB/Canada you can make up to 30,000 a year without getting a number.

2. I'm going to have minum 5 products in my shop in each catagory. So for example I'll have min 5 sewn crafts and min 5 crocheted etc.

3. Makeing and storing up to 4 of each item. That way if they sell I can relist right away.

4. Have other items made and ready to go that isnt listed that I can list every couple of weeks to keep the shop fresh.

5. I'm writing my bio, return policy etc

6. Making a banner

7. Coming up with a name


Umm yeah, that's all I can think of right now haha but that's about it.
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