I want to open a shop on Esty selling homemade skin care products.I am just wondering what do I need to do because the only thing I saw was the DBA and taxes.Everything else said it was fine just make sure the FDA approves of it.
When you are considering starting a business like this, it is best to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the issues involved. For example, how will you organize the business? If you are to be a single member LLC or a sole proprietorship, you must, given the product you intend to sell, protect your personal assets (current and future) in the event that you are sued and lose or settle. If you choose to be a multi-member LLC or an S-Corp, you will get the benefit of the corporate veil if you conduct business properly. You also need to figure out what kind of testing you need to do on your product before going to market. Once you determine what sort of business entity is the best for you (with asset protection being only one of several factors) then you have organize the business, pay whatever city and state taxes are due, make sure that you are permitted to run a business from your home where you live.... In other words, there are a lot of moving parts to this mostly predicated upon what you wish to sell.
This answer does not establish an attorney client relationship and is just my opinion based upon the limited facts presented.
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