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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Open For Business

Well, this weekend I finished setting up my Etsy shop. If you want to check it out, here's the link:

I'll be adding a link to my page soon, but I spent today at the Walnut Festival and need to get to bed. I've only listed 7 items so far, but hope to add to it relatively soon. Eventually, I would like to add some of my crocheted items (I set it up with a crochet section, but it is empty at the moment). Of course, I should probably get moving on the baby blanket for Christyn's 12-week old baby before I start any new projects.

I haven't had any sales yet (way early), but I've had each item viewed a modest number of times. I'm just now getting the word out, and have printed out a few preliminary business cards to give to friends and family.

Special thanks to Jill, who may not realize it, but offered me some encouragement in an email she sent a while back regarding the business end. Thanks also to all of my supportive friends out there! (And Joie - setting up the shop isn't too hard, as long as you have enough time to sit at the computer and do it.)


Dagny said...

Congrats on setting up shop! Beautiful pieces. Made me want to shop but alas I can't do such at this time.

I noticed that you are charging sales tax for California. Did you get the Board of Equalization paperwork? I thought that sales tax was dependent upon the recipient's address as it varies greatly throughout California due to district taxes. At least that was the case with items that my dad shipped through his business in the past.

Tami said...

Dagny - From what I read, the sales tax was to be based on the place of the sale. I will go back and re-read it though. I haven't gotten all of the paperwork completed, but I figured I'd better start collecting the taxes or they'd come back to haunt me.

Tami said...

Ack! Okay, I couldn't find the specifics regarding the sales tax thing, so I'm removing the charge for now until I can figure it out.

Gimme a sign said...

Did you take the photos, too? They're beautiful!

Tami said...

I did take the photos - outside on my 2'x6'(ish) balcony! (I was rather proud of them, myself, so thank you for the compliment!)

Dagny said...

Here is a link to the applicable document. It appears that sales made within your area would include the district tax. Outside of your area of Califonia, it should be just the state sales tax. District taxes in other taxes do not apply if you use a common carrier for delivery and you are not in "engaged in business" in that district. If you are "engaged in business" in a district, then you do have to collect the applicable district tax.

I'd simply change the text on your store to read, "Shipments to addresses in California will be charged the applicable sales tax," or something like that.

D.T. said...

I see you made your first sale...congratulations!