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I would like to start my own business and need some advice. I wondered what you do and how you got there. If you would be interested in giving some advice please message me. Thank you
by on Sep. 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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momofacrew
by Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:27 AM
I'm a nurse and want to offer homecare services. Services more on a personal care level like shopping, cleaning and etc.
4x4x16mom
by Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM
To sell food, and be a legitimate company. Mainly, to ensure they get paid taxes.


Quoting momofacrew:

You needed a bakery license?




Quoting 4x4x16mom:

I started a bakery. I loved to bake, i always did it big at the holidays. I bought everything i needed so i didn't have any loans. I'm lucky my sister does my taxes on work orders. I got my liscence, registered. And i work from home. I'll have enough money by January to sign my lease. I just put up flyers, business cards, t shirts, and my dh did word of mouth at his job and that's how i gained customers.


mesfilles
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:46 AM
Depends on the state. In my state there's a "cottage" law that allows a person to sell up to 25,000 worth of baked goods.


Quoting 4x4x16mom:

To sell food, and be a legitimate company. Mainly, to ensure they get paid taxes.




Quoting momofacrew:

You needed a bakery license?






Quoting 4x4x16mom:

I started a bakery. I loved to bake, i always did it big at the holidays. I bought everything i needed so i didn't have any loans. I'm lucky my sister does my taxes on work orders. I got my liscence, registered. And i work from home. I'll have enough money by January to sign my lease. I just put up flyers, business cards, t shirts, and my dh did word of mouth at his job and that's how i gained customers.



mesfilles
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:49 AM
In some cases you can use your ss# instead of obtaining FEIN.


Quoting momofacrew:

Does it cost to get a tax id?




Quoting flaquitabss:

Go to you city building, ask for an application to open your new business.  If you have an idea of what is it you like to do, then ask for specifics.    Usually together with an application you will get a sheet of prices for whatever kind of business it is... service goods, personal services, sales, etc.   The most hard ones to do is food related business.  All the rest are pretty much simple to do.

You need to pick a name for your business.   Example: "DJ 2000"

Fill out the form and pay the corresponding fee.   That is your license.  It will arrive by mail.

Next, make a discalimer.  Go to your local paper and ask to make a business disclaimer. Fees vary depending on where you live.   They will also mail you a copy, and it will run for two weeks.  This is to make sure no other person has the same business name of yours and you can there use it freely.

Fill out the tax id form online.  Its free and super easy.  You get it right away in a pdf format to your email.

The website builder I use for mine is www.ipage.com   good prices and super easy to build.  It will also help you with your domain name.   And usually the first three months for your website are 1 dll.  then it goes up to about 14.99 a month.     You can aslo get a free website if you dont mind the "extra" lettering.   for example.... www.dj2000.com <---------- will cost you.... but www.dj2000.ipage.com will be free. Because you are basically advertising for them.     Get some business cards,  the easiest to make are from Vistaprint.com and you can even get free ones.  However, if you are serious about your business I recomend more profesional looking business cards.  They are probably about 22dls for both sides printing for about 200 business cards, but they are high quality.    

Make a facebook and twiter account with your domain and business name on them.   And start advertising.

Good luck!



flaquitabss
by Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:51 AM


It didnt cost me anything.   Im not sure if it changes depending on the business but it probably wont.

Quoting momofacrew:

Does it cost to get a tax id?


Quoting flaquitabss:

Go to you city building, ask for an application to open your new business.  If you have an idea of what is it you like to do, then ask for specifics.    Usually together with an application you will get a sheet of prices for whatever kind of business it is... service goods, personal services, sales, etc.   The most hard ones to do is food related business.  All the rest are pretty much simple to do.

You need to pick a name for your business.   Example: "DJ 2000"

Fill out the form and pay the corresponding fee.   That is your license.  It will arrive by mail.

Next, make a discalimer.  Go to your local paper and ask to make a business disclaimer. Fees vary depending on where you live.   They will also mail you a copy, and it will run for two weeks.  This is to make sure no other person has the same business name of yours and you can there use it freely.

Fill out the tax id form online.  Its free and super easy.  You get it right away in a pdf format to your email.

The website builder I use for mine is www.ipage.com   good prices and super easy to build.  It will also help you with your domain name.   And usually the first three months for your website are 1 dll.  then it goes up to about 14.99 a month.     You can aslo get a free website if you dont mind the "extra" lettering.   for example.... www.dj2000.com <---------- will cost you.... but www.dj2000.ipage.com will be free. Because you are basically advertising for them.     Get some business cards,  the easiest to make are from Vistaprint.com and you can even get free ones.  However, if you are serious about your business I recomend more profesional looking business cards.  They are probably about 22dls for both sides printing for about 200 business cards, but they are high quality.    

Make a facebook and twiter account with your domain and business name on them.   And start advertising.

Good luck!




mesfilles
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:53 AM
Are you a RN? It seems like you would be doing yourself a disservice shopping, cooking and cleaning. Anyone can do that so I wouldn't imagine you could earn what you're worth.


Quoting momofacrew:

I'm a nurse and want to offer homecare services. Services more on a personal care level like shopping, cleaning and etc.

mesfilles
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:56 AM
You can google business plan for help. You will need one if you plan on taking out a startup loan.


Quoting momofacrew:

Did you have help on your business plan? Did you know how to do one?




Quoting mamaofonegirl:

I started up a children's family entertainment and deejay service after the radio station that I worked for shut down. I used my severence to buy my equipment. I started by writing a business plan, and setting up my website. A lot of what I put into my business plan was used for my website. I was able to retain a lot of my customers from my previous job. 



momofacrew
by Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Yes I am. There are other things I will offer that only an rn can do.


Quoting mesfilles:

Are you a RN? It seems like you would be doing yourself a disservice shopping, cooking and cleaning. Anyone can do that so I wouldn't imagine you could earn what you're worth.




Quoting momofacrew:

I'm a nurse and want to offer homecare services. Services more on a personal care level like shopping, cleaning and etc.


md3mom
by Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM
Go to www.score.org. They can walk you through the steps. It's free business counseling from retired business people.
mamaofonegirl
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I researched how to write on from online. I was also able to get all the necessart state forms online to apply home license, register for state and local taxes, obtain a tax id number, register the name, etc. In my case, I didn't have to do certain things that other businesses are required, so you need to know what is necessary for your state.

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