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post #16 of 25
My first question would be..... are you a licenced baker ? If not, and I"m thinking "not", then I wouldn't use a web site at all.... someone COULD turn you in, and that would be the end of selling your cakes........ You could use Webshots, or something like that to show them......
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Oh i'm completely legal under the Texas cottage food law. I am not allowed to have people buy online with a credit card and I have a notice I have to give to everyone that buys a Cake from me I operate under the cottage food law and my kitchen is not inspected. But I add on there that I was a restaurant manager and hold an active food safety and sanitation certificate. I checked into all those legal aspects. And hubby is working on getting a tax id number
Slow and steady wins the race.... as long as the cottage food law says in place.
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Slow and steady wins the race.... as long as the cottage food law says in place.
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post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Krista512

now where does that law stop? like if i make a purse that looks like a name brand but not put the logo on it? or if i make a tool cake with a orange drill that looks like a black and decker, could i get in trouble for that? or if i do a cake with a white cat but a purple bow instead of hello kittys pink bow??? where does that law stop at?? dont want to get in trouble.


The rule of thumb I use is if an average person takes one look at a character and their first thought is the copyrighted name of that character (or name of the manufacturer for the purse example) then you need to get permission from the copyright owner. We require the customer to provide written permission from the copyright owner when they request a copyrighted design, but we make sure to have another option with a more generic design (possibly including licensed cake toppers, which do not violate copyright).

I can guarantee that you will lose some business because of this, since many decorators either don't know or don't care about copyright, but in the long run it's worth it to avoid potential lawsuits which can end up costing thousands of dollars or more.

Regarding your site, I recommend using more concise points instead of paragraphs, and your home page should include the most important information about your business front and center in large print: your phone number, the area you serve, and why people should order from you instead of your competitors.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Krista512

Oh i'm completely legal under the Texas cottage food law. I am not allowed to have people buy online with a credit card and I have a notice I have to give to everyone that buys a Cake from me I operate under the cottage food law and my kitchen is not inspected. But I add on there that I was a restaurant manager and hold an active food safety and sanitation certificate. I checked into all those legal aspects. And hubby is working on getting a tax id number



Just FYI - - under the Texas Cottage Food Law, your cakes are going to be tax exempt. As long as you don't sell candy, or provide eating utensils or a place for Joe Blow to sit and eat his cupcake, you aren't required to have a tax id.
post #20 of 25
If you use a spell check/word processing program or hire a professional proofreader, you'll find that there are over 110 spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
post #21 of 25
The tax ID is for income tax. "Tax exempt" is for sales tax. They still need a tax ID number for bank accounts, etc. The tax exempt issue is not having to collect sales tax.

She is not exempt from income tax.
post #22 of 25
I have three suggestions.

1) As someone wrote above, there are lots of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. I would find someone to go through it with you.

2) Being completely self-taught isn't really a selling point for most customers. They don't care how you learned.

3) One of your last threads was that you were having difficulties baking anything from scratch. I would assume from your home page that you were baking entirely from scratch. Just something to be aware of.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by scp1127

The tax ID is for income tax. "Tax exempt" is for sales tax. They still need a tax ID number for bank accounts, etc. The tax exempt issue is not having to collect sales tax.

She is not exempt from income tax.



No, she is not exempt from income tax; however, a tax ID # is not required unless she has employees or has her business set up as a corporation. As a sole proprietor, she can use her social security number and is not required to have a tax id.
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
I don't have to have a tax id but i'm choosing to as to not have my social all out there. I will have my friend who is a perfect speller go through it.
Slow and steady wins the race.... as long as the cottage food law says in place.
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Slow and steady wins the race.... as long as the cottage food law says in place.
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post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Krista512

yep i just realized all the pictures are blurry once i loaded them all since they have been sitting on my phone. i use my phone since my camera is broke. told hubby today i need him to get my camera fixed so i can take better pictures. he is on that one already.

so i should just go to the dolar store and buy a few cheap solid color sheets and pin them on the wall like sears does when we take our family photos??



Yes, it will look a lot better than having other objects in the background that is distracting and taking away from the over-all look of the cake. Having a solid background or a background that was intentionally picked for the cake, will make the cake the center of attention and bring out the qualities you put into the cake.

For some of your pictures I keep focusing in on the background and I don't see all the details of your cake.
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