I am losing hair.
Literally AND metaphorically.
Wanna know why?
I am drowning in a sea of legal know-how
that I don't have a clue how-to.
A few days ago I had some friends look through my photos
and mention that I should try to blow some up and sell them.
Then I considered.
And now I'm committed.
I can see some of my beach scenes above fireplaces,
and Blue Angels pics posted on some little boy's bedroom wall.
So I'm going to transfer some of them to canvas
and try to share with the world a little passion of mine.
But I'm not very Etsy-savvy.
And therein lies my problem.
as with EVERYTHING in this world,
It's not "just that easy".
In short, I want to get all the legal mumbo-jumbo done
before I create the actual shop.
But what all do I actually need?
It's just me, in my living room,
printing pictures onto canvas.
(the dog works for treats)
and no real workspace.
Here are things I've been told I need:
a Florida business license
a Business Tax Receipt (BTR)
a "fictitious name" (not sure if that's the same as a DBA)
a Sales and Tax Exemption Number
and something for Income Tax.
You've got to be kidding me.
I have NO CLUE what all this stuff means,
or even if I really need it.
I just don't want the Law coming knocking at my door
ready to take me away in handcuffs because I forgot some form.
So, Etsy loves,
If anyone knows anything about any of this,
please please please shed some light for me!!
Either respond here or email me at
I will love you FOREVER.
your business illiterate friend,