About a month ago I gave you first-hand information on my experience selling press-ons. How to get you going to potentially make that side-income and put some food on the table, sort-of-speak. Today I am taking you through the step-by-step on how to set up the business legal aspect of things.
This is important regardless of whether you are selling press-ons, cuticle oils, nail kits, or anything tangible, you need this information.
Since that initial press-ons video, many of you got things rolling and are now selling custom press-ons. Congrats to all of you who have! If you want to share the name of your business, comment below with your business name and the items you sell. Woop, Woop!
When you’re ready, you want to re-visit this blog and check out my new press-ons course to help you get through the process of setting up your press-ons business, step-by-step.
This information is not only helpful for selling press-ons but also selling in general with or without an online store.
This is not legal advice, just first-hand info on what I’ve done in the past to sell stuff online and offline also. Also, keep in mind that every state may be different, so verify with your state to see what and if any of the information shared today pertains to you.
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Do I need a license?
Right off the bat, you do NOT need to be licensed as a nail technician to start selling press-ons because you are not physically working with the public.
Listen, if you can believe this, many salon owners don’t even have a tech license to do manicures, they just own the business.
Much in the same way, you are owning a business when selling your line of custom handmade press-ons. You are not performing a service on the public, you are selling them a product that definitely entails some licensing, but not occupational licensing which is a manicurist license.
This means that even if you are just a nail enthusiast who can create exceptional outstanding nail art, you can give this a go. In the long term, this can warm you up to one day possibly training and joining the gang of licensed nail techs.
So how to easily start selling online legally?
Select whether you will be a sole proprietor or limited liability company.
A sole prop does business under their own social security number and is solely liable for debts and damages of the business. Sole props do business under their own name or file some sort of “doing business as” document with their state.
A limited liability company is an incorporated business that does business under its own social security number better known as an EIN for tax purposes. (It’s free, just go to the IRS website to sign up for one.) An LLC most importantly protects your personal assets if your business were to be sued.
Keep in mind that there are annual or bi-annual fees to be paid to your state to maintain your LLC status.
When you create your business name, look it up through your county’s public records to make sure it is not out there already or too similar to an existing business in your area. It’s also a good idea to do a trademark search to ensure you won’t be forced to rename and rebrand later down the line. Furthermore, register your business name as a domain name to start setting up your website for business.
Now, if selling press-ons and maybe just small batch custom nail items are all you will be doing, personally, an LLC may be a bit much. You can wait until you actually get major clarity on whether your business should expand in terms of more retail items and even potentially hiring employees.
With that said, get acquainted with your state’s SOS (Secretary of State) because they are usually the ones to handle business entities within your state.
How to get legal?
First things first, your state may require you to obtain a general business license even if operating your business online.
Even when selling customized goods like your press-on nails you are still responsible for collecting sales tax from all of your sales and therefore you will need to apply for a Sales Tax License (sometimes also known as seller’s permit). Or maybe you live in one of the 5 states who do not collect sales tax.
I don’t think there are any other licenses to add but do check with your state’s SOS to see what other forms or permits you may need to start selling.
Lastly, after securing your domain, or website name, you need to turn it into an e-commerce website, and so you need to integrate an online store builder to it like Shopify.
If creating a website totally freaks you out, I get ya. That is why sites like Etsy, and Square exist. So head on over to those sites for the easiest online selling setup. The downside is that the URL you always share will not be a lovely URL with your business name but rather something like:
https://etsy.com/mybeautifulnailbiz, or https://Squareup.com/onlinestore/mybeautifulnailbiz
Instead of the beautiful URL of mybeautifulnailbiz.com, do you see that?
Alright, I don’t think I need to make this any more complicated.
- Sole prop or, LLC…
- Will you be using your SSN or applying for an EIN to do business…
- Your name or a DBA filing for the name of your business…
- Check with your state to see if you need a business license or other forms to fill out as an online business…
- A Sales Tax License…
- A domain name and online store builder like Shopify…
- Or simply use Etsy or Square for now, if setting up a website freaks you.
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