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Old 08-17-2019, 06:52 AM
 
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I'm curious where a line is drawn regarding business out of our home. My wife sells some stuff out of our home, I'd say it is 1-2 items daily, usually a piece of furniture or small patio set. I do have a neighbor who has commented on it, and if he had his way it would cease. I'd like for her to continue what she is doing, but my concern is the legality of it. I'm in California, and any feedback is appreciated. Thanks,
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:10 AM
 
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Do you have an HOA and do the covenants mention anything about businesses in the home?

Have you read your local city's small business rules to see if she needs to be registered, get a license, pay taxes?

Having 30-50 strangers a month come to your neighborhood to buy things would concern many neighbors.
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Old 08-18-2019, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Has she applied for a seller's permit? Is your wife collecting and remitting sales tax to CDTFA? Is her business income/loss reported on Schedule C?

I expect the answer to all these questions is No. Your neighbor can make trouble for you if he chooses to. Your wife can apply for a seller's permit online.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:21 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If she is selling in California she needs a resale license and she should be collecting sales tax. And i recommend a fictitious business name (which must be registered with the state)



If she is selling online and collecting sales tax, she should be OK.


If she has customers coming in person to your house to buy and one of those customers gets hurt and sues you, your homeowners insurance won't cover it because you don't have commercial business insurance


If customers are coming to your house, you might be in violation of HOA rules or of local zoning laws.
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:39 PM
 
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Can't say as I blame the neighbor, if we had neighbors who had folks coming/going 1-2 times/day, every day I'd probably not be real thrilled with that either.

I would have suggested a "neutral" meeting spot such as what Craigslist and some other sites offer that are well lit and are busy areas but if it's heavy furniture I'm not sure how feasible that would be for your wife. How large is this furniture?
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:06 PM
 
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I once sent away for info on how to earn 25 bucks an hour stuffing envelopes about 30 years ago ...I saw an ad in a paper ....well I sent them money to find out about it .....they sent me instructions for running an ad in papers asking for money to learn how to make money stuffing envelopes .... it was a big scam
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:16 PM
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Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
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I once sent away for info on how to earn 25 bucks an hour stuffing envelopes about 30 years ago ...I saw an ad in a paper ....well I sent them money to find out about it .....they sent me instructions for running an ad in papers asking for money to learn how to make money stuffing envelopes .... it was a big scam
The business model proved sound, though. LOL
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:01 AM
 
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I once sent away for info on how to earn 25 bucks an hour stuffing envelopes about 30 years ago ...I saw an ad in a paper ....well I sent them money to find out about it .....they sent me instructions for running an ad in papers asking for money to learn how to make money stuffing envelopes .... it was a big scam
Freaking AWESOME!
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:30 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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It depends on where you are, the city/county laws and any HOA rules. When my business slowed to a crawl in the recession and my lease expired I moved it to my home for a couple of years before getting a good job and shutting it down entirely. I already had a business license, but had to get a license from the city, and follow their rules for a home based business, which they actually encourage. At the time (2008) there were over 400 home businesses in our small city. There are restrictions on signage (one, 12"x18"), customer traffic, noise, and business hours.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:04 AM
 
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Having 30-50 strangers a month come to your neighborhood to buy things would concern many neighbors.
Thank you for giving me something to consider.

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Has she applied for a seller's permit? Is your wife collecting and remitting sales tax to CDTFA? Is her business income/loss reported on Schedule C?

I expect the answer to all these questions is No. Your neighbor can make trouble for you if he chooses to. Your wife can apply for a seller's permit online.
Thank you for the info.


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It depends on where you are, the city/county laws and any HOA rules. When my business slowed to a crawl in the recession and my lease expired I moved it to my home for a couple of years before getting a good job and shutting it down entirely. I already had a business license, but had to get a license from the city, and follow their rules for a home based business, which they actually encourage. At the time (2008) there were over 400 home businesses in our small city. There are restrictions on signage (one, 12"x18"), customer traffic, noise, and business hours.
Thank you for talking about your personal experience. I'm going to contact the city we are in and see what the rules are.
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