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From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-07-2005, 06:36 PM (1 of 4)

I have an idea. I want to make an article of clothing from an original pattern that I designed. I want to start selling the finished item to friends and small shops.

The plan is to go around to small shops with samples of my finished product. Talk a little schpiel, and leave a business card. Feel out the prospects.

If I get some small orders when do I have to establish myself as a business. Is when based on how much money I make or do I have to call myself a business even if I sell 1 piece per year?

Where do I start?
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
From: allie-oops
Date: 03-07-2005, 07:57 PM (2 of 4)
I have a friend who's doing this with children's clothing. She has not registered as a business...I'm not sure when you'd have to. You can call or google online the Small Business Administration, they will talk to you for free! They can give you all kinds of advice.
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: MaryW
Date: 03-09-2005, 09:02 AM (3 of 4)
I am not positively sure but I think it is when you make a certain amount of $$$ in a year. If you only make half a dozen of something it is not a business yet. Ask around your local small businesses, see what they suggest.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-15-2005, 02:19 PM (4 of 4)
I'm in NY state so I called the Small Business Administration and here's what they told me to do.

1. Establish self as DBA (doing business as) by filing with the county clerk. Approximate cost $31.

2. Even if you sell 1 item and pay only 27 cents in sales tax, you must report that sale and pay the tax. Then the Tax & Finance people said something about quarterly filing but I'm waiting for the info. to come in the mail about that to clarify.

3. Establish a plan with a state agency that assists people who want to become small business owners (I guess that's me as a sewer from my home).

4. Get liablility insurance in case some irate mother trys to sue you after her child gets a part of clothing made by you stuck in something or some similar circumstance that causes injury.
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
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