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doing business as... business licenses.

updated sun 13 feb 05

 

primalmommy on thu 10 feb 05


I could not officially do business where I am, and technically neither
can piano teachers, or any others who have students in their homes.

I could never get a permit to operate a business in a residential
area... neither could I have hens in my back yard. A lot of it is about
how well you get along with your neighbors and whether you can fly
beneath the radar.

I didn't want to shell out for a business account, so I just opened a
free checking account using my name and keep it separate from my home
account (different bank and everything.) It makes paying taxes easy.
People who do not pay me by paypal for pots, or pay green cash for
lessons, write checks to my name (the same way I pay the kids' art
teacher and piano teacher).

I have a "transient vendor's license" with the state, which keeps them
happy and keeps me paying sales tax. I have a DBA name. I named my
studio because it seemed like a big deal to think up a name but I'm not
sure why I bothered. My domain name gets more mileage. (free website at
geocities, by the way, with drop-and-drag stuff a chimp could do -- and
I didn't upgrade until the site was able to pay the bill.)

As long as I don't have roosters, nobody cares about the chickens. As
long as I don't have a dozen cars parked in front of my house all the
time, nobody cares if I teach here.

And check the archives for mel on "garage sales"...

Yours
Kelly in Ohio
off to warmer climes in the morning... off to bed as soon as I compose a
note to the neighborhood homeschooling teens about what and when to feed
the chickens/rabbit/cats/tarantula/bullfrog tadpole/green anole/fire
bellied toads. They are nice girls, but quite conservative and churchly.
I often wonder what they make of the books on our shelves, the magnets
on my fridge, and the fat clay goddess figures lounging in each
aquarium. Plus I used to be a public sector folklorist and have
collected all kinds of mojo and waboo from other cultures, which is
displayed around my house... and garlic hangs in the doorway for luck.

Which reminds me: like "mythology", the word "folklore" is way too often
considered synonymous with "bullshit". I will scold at length about it
some time when I am in less need of sleep.


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Paul Herman on fri 11 feb 05


Hello Kelly,

you wrote:

>From: primalmommy

> I could never get a permit to operate a business in a residential
> area... neither could I have hens in my back yard. A lot of it is about
> how well you get along with your neighbors and whether you can fly
> beneath the radar.

This is very good, especially about the neighbors. Since my closest
neighbors are a tribe of beavers down on Long Valley creek, there's not
a problem here. They go about their nocturnal dam building and
hydrology, sans permit, and mind their own business. I make pots, and
mind my own business.

As for the LAW, I take my cue from the federal government, observe the
laws I like and shitcan the rest.

From Long Valley, an unincorporated area where even Lassen County says
"No license required."

flying (fast) under selected radars,

Paul Herman

Great Basin Pottery
Doyle, California US
http://www.greatbasinpottery.com/

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Pat Southwood on sat 12 feb 05


hi Kelly,
Thanks for the recipes, sadly my brood hate quiche and custard.
I am currently furring up their tiny arteries with a receipe from the green
and blacks organic fairtrade cookbook that has ground almonds instead of
flour and 12 eggs in it.
bingo, 4 days laying power in one cake.
I dont have comercial selling permission from my local council but I have
written permission to open my studio to the public on a gallery basis as
long as it is secondary to it's original purpose as a workshop.
And I dont do anything untoward, basically.
Seems fair enough to me
Best wishes,
Pat........
----- Original Message -----
From: "primalmommy"
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Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 4:44 AM
Subject: Doing Business As... business licenses.


>I could not officially do business where I am, and technically neither
> can piano teachers, or any others who have students in their homes.
>
> I could never get a permit to operate a business in a residential
> area... neither could I have hens in my back yard. A lot of it is about
> how well you get along with your neighbors and whether you can fly
> beneath the radar.
>
> I didn't want to shell out for a business account, so I just opened a
> free checking account using my name and keep it separate from my home
> account (different bank and everything.) It makes paying taxes easy.
> People who do not pay me by paypal for pots, or pay green cash for
> lessons, write checks to my name (the same way I pay the kids' art
> teacher and piano teacher).
>
> I have a "transient vendor's license" with the state, which keeps them
> happy and keeps me paying sales tax. I have a DBA name. I named my
> studio because it seemed like a big deal to think up a name but I'm not
> sure why I bothered. My domain name gets more mileage. (free website at
> geocities, by the way, with drop-and-drag stuff a chimp could do -- and
> I didn't upgrade until the site was able to pay the bill.)
>
> As long as I don't have roosters, nobody cares about the chickens. As
> long as I don't have a dozen cars parked in front of my house all the
> time, nobody cares if I teach here.
>
> And check the archives for mel on "garage sales"...
>
> Yours
> Kelly in Ohio
> off to warmer climes in the morning... off to bed as soon as I compose a
> note to the neighborhood homeschooling teens about what and when to feed
> the chickens/rabbit/cats/tarantula/bullfrog tadpole/green anole/fire
> bellied toads. They are nice girls, but quite conservative and churchly.
> I often wonder what they make of the books on our shelves, the magnets
> on my fridge, and the fat clay goddess figures lounging in each
> aquarium. Plus I used to be a public sector folklorist and have
> collected all kinds of mojo and waboo from other cultures, which is
> displayed around my house... and garlic hangs in the doorway for luck.
>
> Which reminds me: like "mythology", the word "folklore" is way too often
> considered synonymous with "bullshit". I will scold at length about it
> some time when I am in less need of sleep.
>
>
>

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