posted on Oct, 24 2013 @ 03:16 AM
reply to post by spartacus699
I don't know what the laws are like here, having just recently moved, but where I used to live, you could be busted with fines and jail time if you
got caught doing that without a business license if you make more than 1k in a year.
And if you want to advertise
I want to leave handbills at homes to advertise my business. Is that covered by the business license? No. A handbill permit is required in
addition to the business license. Please contact our office before distributing any handbill or flyer. Distribution of handbills or flyers on car
windshields is always prohibited .
Posting signs, handbills, or flyers on any utility pole, traffic pole, fence, tree, pier, bridge, mailbox or other public structure is prohibited
My friend did his business under his own name for like 35 years. They won't do jack to you! If anyone asks if you have a business license you just
say "I'm not running a business". If they say, "well it looks like a business, just say no it's not, I just do the odd favor for friends".
That's the loophole to get around doing a small biz. If you eventually start to make say over 100k per year and you're getting to the point where
you can't avoid calling yourself a business and or you want to put it under a corporation, then and only then do you look into that sort of thing.
But in all honesty the moment you let tptb know you've decided to open a business you're asking for trouble. And if you start making any money
you'll be visited by the MIB. You think I might be joking but Im not. Keep it low key, don't let anyone know your'e in business. Again just
consider it a pilot project. Eventually if and when you actually get to any significant level of business at that point you might want to weigh your
options. But I'd suggest as long as you can run it without having to declare that you're in business then that's the way to do it. The fact is
there's tons of people that do favors for other people on a regular basis for money, but are don't consider themselves "in business" or "a
business". And you can have a card, fliers, website, ads etc. Just because you do advertising that too doesn't mean your "in business". Testing
out a way to make some extra money doesn't automatically put you "in business". Not even close. A business typically has a physical building,
staff, a corporation, does significant daily volume, etc etc. They want you to believe that anything you do to make money instantly constitutes it as
"a business" but the fact is, it's not. Not until it's somewhat of an ongoing concern, where you have daily sales, you might need staff, a
location etc etc. Until then you're just doing odd favors for friends. I mean you have to do your own research but trust me, I know what I'm talking
about. Just do the business under your own name. If you do a sale ask the person to make the check out in your name. Or pay you via paypal. If you
eventually actually get somewhere and you want to go legit, then you should talk to a lawyer, get some advice, talk to an accountant, and then
eventually open a corportion. But at that point you must keep impecable books. Like I mean every freaking penny must be accounted for with
documentation. For example you take someone to lunch, then you keep the receipt and you write on the back what the business lunch was about. and you
keep all that carefully itemized. So that when you get audited (I said when, not if) you will be able to prove every last penny and you'll be
protect. If you don't they'll wipe you out. That's how the system works. You go into business and you will be audited that's a guarantee. And if
things aren't 110% perfect you lose everything pretty much.