Check with any county and city in which you sell (possibly more than one if you are in multiple farmers markets) to see if you need to get a Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License). In some cases you may need it, but in some cases it’s possible you may come under the market where you sell.
Also, don’t just show up at a…[Read more]
You should probably check with a lawyer or someone in Tallahassee, just in case, but, as far as I know, when you register the name of your LLC on Sunbiz, it’s already done, but a DBA is a separate thing if you are using a name other than your own without having an LLC (or Inc).
I don’t know if there’s any rule against using your LLC’s name…[Read more]
Although most states’ cottage-food laws do not allow shipping, some do. In particular, the new changes in Florida do allow shipping.
That means I am now permitted to ship my products to customers without being restricted only to farmers markets, etc.
How does one determine how to set up the shipping charges on a website? Do any of you have…[Read more]
Each state sets its limitations and usually posts that information somewhere. For example, in Florida, it is handled by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Their website is http://freshfromflorida.com and if you type “cottage food” into their search bar, you’ll get a link to the basic information…[Read more]
I tried asking this (as a sample chart of accounts) a couple of years ago, but never got any real responses. Since then, I have started using Wave Accounting and it has been VERY easy to use.
Here are my expense categories from Wave. Much of this is from the default categories initially provided by Wave, but some are categories I have added to…[Read more]
Bags would certainly be less expensive than bottles.
The thing to compare would be bulk prices on small zipper-closure bags versus some kind of bag where you would use a heat (“impulse”) sealer. For my baked goods, I use plastic food bags and a heat sealer ($30 – $50 on Amazon). Of course, you could use something like a Foodsaver or…[Read more]
Cottage Oven started the topic What is the best canopy/tent without breaking the bank>? in the forum Business 11 months, 1 week ago
After having two tents in five years and not being very happy with their durability, I am looking for a new tent. Some of what I see on Amazon look and sound good, but I’m wondering what you Forrager members have found to be the sturdiest, most durable, and least problematic tents without having to spend a small fortune.
One market I attend uses…[Read more]
Don’t know about California – I’m in Florida, but the following may be helpful as some general guidelines to help you find the answers that would be specific to California.
Here, in Florida, most items sold under cottage-food law would NOT be taxable, but CANDY is ALWAYS taxable. Thus, bread, cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. would not be taxed but…[Read more]
Sandy, in which state are you starting your cottage-food business. Some require inspections and some don’t. It’s also possible that some municipalities may require inspections, even if the state does not.
Since I’m in Florida, I don’t know about Oregon, in particular, but the main thing would be that all of the cooking would have to be done in your home kitchen. That means that, unless there is something specific against frying, you may fry the doughnuts AT HOME, then package them and sell them at, for example, a farmers market. You would NOT be…[Read more]
Do any of you, out there, know of any sources for pre-printed product labels that aren’t massively more expensive than just using your own laser printer and sheets of blank labels? I’d like to have a bunch of product labels all ready to go without having to print them every time, but extra toner, etc., but the sources I have checked all seem to…[Read more]
Wish I could remember what made it work, but I finally was able to add my CFO.
Unfortunately, now, when I try to add products, the form won’t submit.
As with Angel, I have tried multiple browsers and platforms (Firefox and Chrome on Linux, Android and Windows).
Welcome back, David, and thank you for making the Add-CFO page available again.
Unfortunately, it is not fully functional, since the location search never finishes, thus making it impossible to submit the form.
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