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Post by Mary Gonzalez on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:01 am

So I just started face painting a few months ago and although I'm nowhere near ready to do large events, I wanted to ask a few questions since I like to plan ahead.

But before that, let me give a little bit of backstory:
I did face painting at my twin sisters' birthday party in January and some of the mom's liked the work I did and asked for my number in case of parties.


Say I agree and start doing birthday parties, would I have to have insurance or a permit?
Would I have to start reporting it for taxes or anything?
Is it a smart idea to get little business cards? confused

I really have no idea about that stuff, so any advice would be fantastic haha.

(I live in California by the way, in case that info helps).
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Re: Starting off

Post by amylady222 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:24 am

I am not sure about California laws, but keep tabs on EVERYTHING you spend/earn on face painting (paints, wet wipes, spray bottles, gems, brushes, travel miles (keep a log!), and meals you purchase while traveling or at events--and so on) --keep recipes, and write recipes for your customers so you can see how much you are making (keep a copy for yourself, and one for them).

YES with business cards---I bought some business card paper from walmart and made my own---just till I make enough $$ to cover the cost of real business cards.

Insurance--great idea, but how much are you really going to do? enough to pay for it to pay for itself--Of course I totally suggest it--especially in California!

DISCLAIMER---I am a total newbie myself.
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Re: Starting off

Post by Mary Gonzalez on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:51 am

Amy, I actually do have an inventory log haha. As for receipts, I keep my e-mail receipts from the website I buy my paints from.
So far I've spent about $180 on supplies Shocked

The insurance thing...for now I want to avoid it if I can get by without it haha. You know, if it's not a legal necessity. That's why I'm wondering if it's necessary in California, or if I'm good without it for now Smile
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Re: Starting off

Post by PaolaSunglow on Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:29 am

Mary try this:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw_9IA7kWhI
I am also new. Sad
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Re: Starting off

Post by ninaschau on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:06 pm

Mary, Im in Cali as well. As the others have said, get cards, keep track of everything, and yes, it will become taxable income. as far as insurance, some say wait til you are busy enough , I say, its a nice security blanket. we live in a very litigous society, it may never happen, but for 200 dollars a year, its worth the peace of mind. And business llicense, depends on the city you live in, call them, it may be as little as 50 dollars. Also, when it conmes time to paint at a restaurant or public park, they may require it, and then youll be ready. make the decisions that work for you.
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Re: Starting off

Post by Mary Gonzalez on Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:56 am

How soon will it become taxable income?
Once I get a certain amount going, or will promoting it with cards require me to report it for taxes?


I'm so incredibly new to this, I have no idea Laughing
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Re: Starting off

Post by Mary Gonzalez on Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:56 am

And thank you all for the replies! ^-^
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Re: Starting off

Post by l!zzie on Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:09 am

There's a whole section on facepaintforum, about starting!
http://www.facepaintforum.com/f6-getting-started
I'm sure you can find a lot of answers there!
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Re: Starting off

Post by ninaschau on Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:48 pm

the only person who can really give you concrete tax advice is a CPA, we can just offer suggestions thru what we do
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