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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Top Ten Bits of Advice on: November 22, 2010 04:19:59 PM
I needed this!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do I need a tax ID? on: November 12, 2010 07:47:11 PM
My bookkeeper informed me that I needed to start claiming/paying taxes if I make over $250 a year. I didn't my first year of crafting, but the second year exploded!

I live in NC and I got a tax id number easily, for free, online. I also registered my company name & filed taxes. I also need to register in the county seat if I want to participate in large fairs/shows. I haven't done that yet because it's $250. I can wait until I'm making the big bucks!  Wink

It's been scary doing all this legit stuff but so exciting & rewarding.

It may be different in your state, but I would at least start inquiring once you make a couple hundred bucks.

Good luck!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Help! I have an Etsy Shop Identity Crisis! on: November 12, 2010 07:36:24 PM
Maybe it's just me, but Swell Dame doesn't sound that bad for an overall name.
I know it's retro-sounding, but it doesn't have to pigeon-hole you or your work.

And if your customers already know where to find you (under Swell Dame) then a name change could possibly hurt more than help.

That's just my 2 cents.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: To receipt or to not receipt? Do you give receipts when you make a sale? on: July 22, 2010 05:41:35 PM
Thanks for the opinions. I'm now leaning toward not, but I guess it just depends. I can always ask if they want a receipt.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: craft show items pricing and presentation on: July 18, 2010 12:54:24 PM
Try this link.
The initial post has a formula at the bottom.
See if it works for you... I've been trying to use it myself.

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / To receipt or to not receipt? Do you give receipts when you make a sale? on: July 17, 2010 04:04:09 PM
I recently bought this:

I love it!

But when I went to a recent crafty show I bought two things and neither place offered a receipt of any kind. I paid cash both times.

So now I'm thinking that receipts are silly... but I really want to use my awesome new receipt book.

So my question is...
Do you give receipts for purchases at craft shows?

Thanks in advance for comments.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first attempt at a dress (actually any clothing) IMG heavy! on: July 17, 2010 03:18:20 PM
This is awesome! I'd say you two have a future together in clothing design!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: DIY Fabric labels??? on: June 07, 2010 05:24:36 PM
Exactly. I love it tagless! Plus, no one can cut my tag out. I'm stuck there forever (insert evil laugh here).
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Need help... should I hire an intern? on: June 06, 2010 07:24:44 PM
Thanks for the tip. I didn't think about that.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Need help... should I hire an intern? on: June 03, 2010 07:18:36 PM
I'm small potatoes still... but I'm overwhelmed this year with custom orders & craft fairs. I'm not able to put out as much new product as I'd like (I'm averaging 1-2 things a MONTH... instead of my usual 5 a week) and I don't want to turn down custom orders because that is where most of my sales come from.

I thought it would be great to hire an intern, but legally I don't know if there are things I need to do... I can't pay them, but they will learn a lot and I'm happy to write a letter of recommendation for a future job or college.

Has anyone done this before? What did you have to do to legally prepare?

I was thinking a teenager would be the best fit (4 hours, one day a week)...

I don't have any friends that can help me out so this is the only solution I can figure...

Any thoughts, suggestions or warnings?
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