Friday, April 27, 2012

Etsy Shop - Coming Soon!


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For the past 4 months, I have been getting my wits, projects, and paperwork together to ... 

open an Etsy shop!!! 

With the support from close friends and family, I'm almost there. I have learned a lot about opening a small business and know there is much more to learn. For those of you out there seeking to take your crafts one step further, call your state Department of Revenue as well as your county. They can be of great service! The regulations seem to vary state to state. In Arizona, you are required to register for a Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) license. Depending on whether you're operating on city or county land, additional taxes may need to be paid above the state tax. It's best business practice to register your trade name but it is not legally required in Arizona. 

By no means am I an expert so any advice given is based purely on my experiences which go a little like so:
  1. Make a lot of items that I love and gift them to family and friends.
  2. Family and friends say, "have you ever thought of opening an Etsy shop?"
  3. "Yes but that sounds like a lot of work and I'm not business-oriented."
  4. 2 months go by.
  5. Sewing machine purchased. Range of creations expand.
  6. Family and friends say, "have you ever thought of opening an Etsy shop?"
  7. "OK, maybe this time I'll look more into it."
  8. An emotional roller coaster of feeling excited offset with feeling defeated with all the jargon of figuring out how to open an Etsy shop and "be legal."
  9. Took a break for 2 weeks.
  10. Legalities all checked off. Draft listings created (not live yet). Still worried about how it will all magically come together but happily creating delightful items.
  11. Almost there!

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