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Do I Need a Permit to Have a Sample Sale?

I am having a sample sale of new items outside my home -- similar to a garage sale. The only way for me to get the info out is to put out flyers, but I am concerned since these are new products that I will get in trouble without a permit or license. This will not be a regular thing, it is not my main source of income. I only plan on doing it once or twice, until I sell all the products. Will I get in trouble without a permit? Are there other legal issues I should consider moving forward?

Does a Home-Based Business Need a License?

I am a freelance graphic designer but I also design wedding invitations and make them. I do it all from my home and have no other source of income. What type of business license do I need? Are there other legal considerations I need to explore?

Should I Open a Lawn Care Business?

I'm thinking about starting from scratch and opening a lawn care business in the nicer suburbs of Cleveland. Is this a crazy idea, especially in this down economy?

What makes a good, marketing-friendly biz name?

I'm having trouble choosing a catchy name for my very small, out-of home sewing business. My nick name is Aunt Saucey. I hava a few ideas but hoping you could help: SEW SPECIAL, SAUCEY'S SEW SPECIAL, SEW SAUCEY.

How can I justify two job changes within one year?

I had to quit two jobs in a span of one year due to genuine reasons -- one was due to family reasons and the other was due to the company's noncompliance with an agreement. I feel like this is projecting as a sign of instability. How do i tackle this issue?

How do I buy books from publishers to re-sell?

I want to start a web-based business selling books. If I buy the books directly from the publisher, do I have to pay them what I'm going to sell them for? My website will be similar to amazon.com but focused on travel books.

Can I make and sell mixed CDs from our own music collection?

I own a very large music collection -- albums, CDs, 45s, etc. I would like to make compilation CDs of songs from my collection and sell them. Is this legal?

Do I need a business license to be a freelance graphic/web designer?

All of my work will be done on a freelance basis. But, does this still mean that I will need a business license?

Is it legal for me to sell homemade purses that resemble designer purses?

I will make it known that they are homemade. But, is there a copyright or patent issue that I need to research?

Do I need a tax ID number to sell items on eBay?

I want to sell products that I can get at wholesale on eBay and at yard sales and flea markets. What steps do I need to take?

Is it the right time to start an online business with this economy?

I want to start a home-based online baby store, selling high-quality baby products. Do you think people would be willing to spend their money on these products during such a tough economic time?

What sort of licensing do I need to start a personal/business concierge and errand service?

I live in Michigan. Do I need to get a Federal ID number if I will be a sole proprietor with no employees? Will I need to file taxes quarterly? Do I need any special business insurance?

Do I need a business license to operate a garage sale if it is profitable and a significant source of income?

I'm a coupon shopper. I'm able to purchase merchandise at local stores for 90 percent off retail utilizing coupons. In my city I'm allowed four garage sales a year. I'm planning to have one per quarter to sell the stockpile I accumulate every three months. Usually, my stockpile's worth ranges from $3,000 to $5,000. Because this is a significant source of income, do I need a business license for tax purposes or for any other reason? I want to keep the spirit of the garage sale (cash only, no receipts, no tax).

How do I pay taxes when I work from home?

I am a stay-at-home mom and I watch two other children during the day. I get paid about 1,000 a month cash. Do I need to pay taxes each month or just file taxes at the end of the year? And if I need to pay each month, how would I go about that? I live in Oregon.

Do we have to have a license if we're doing photography as a home business?

We are only doing this as a hobby, and we send the photos to a lab. Do we have to have a license and what else do we have to consider legally, such as taxes, etc.

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