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post #46 of 53
This is for Diana, the original poster.

First, I know nothing about California, however I have something you can look into.

A Personal Chef. These are Chefs that you hire and pay "for their services". They are licensed etc as providing a service. Basically, you have a busy life and you hire a chef to a.) shop for groceries and b.) prepare and cook in your own kitchen, then packaging the food and putting it in your own freezer. Then you come home from your busy life to find food cooked to your like/dislike or nutritional needs in the fridge/freezer ready to go. So you pay the chef the amount to cover the groceries and for their time/expertise in the preparing department.

So, as a cake/dessert maker you could have a small business that you set your hours etc that someone hires you to bake cakes and desserts in their home for their events and they would pay for your services. This way you could be as small as you wish and select clients on your own schedule.

Just an idea.

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post #47 of 53
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Originally Posted by Baker_Rose

So, as a cake/dessert maker you could have a small business that you set your hours etc that someone hires you to bake cakes and desserts in their home for their events and they would pay for your services. This way you could be as small as you wish and select clients on your own schedule.


California does have an exception for personal chefs (assuming the food handling is restricted to the customer's kitchen), and that might work for smaller cakes, but unless the customer has a separate service kitchen they might not be too keen on giving up their kitchen for the amount of time necessary to put together an elaborate wedding cake.
post #48 of 53
Regardless of why, this actually is a valid question.

It depends on the county you live in in CA, and how anti-home bakers they are. It can be as light as a visit from the HD and a slap on the wrist, but can be a $100,000 fine and being barred from working in food service in California for 3 years - you can't even get a job washing dishes in a food establishment. It also depends on how big you get while selling illegally prepared food and how much the HD wants to come down on you. But either way, as soon as you get a visit from them, expect a visit from your city for city taxes, your county for any county taxes, the state for taxes on your income as well as paying into medicare and SDI, and the feds for the taxes you should have been paying including unemployment, SDI and medicare. I think the penalties are up to 5 times the amount of unpaid tax to the feds and 3 times to CA, but I could be mistaken, it might be reversed.
post #49 of 53
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Wow!!!! It's been 5 days since my original posting and I am just getting around to reading all the responses. I want to say thank you to those who understood my question and situation without being so quick to assume and judge. I think it is fair to say I am not the only person wondering but like I said with my 3 little ones I am not trying to start a business or make much money, at least nothing that would matter to the IRS anyway. Thank you for those who tried to offer some helpful advice and thank you to those who tried warning me anyway for operating illegally. It's a shame some posts are so nasty and mean when this is suppose to be a forum to support each other. I am not a business woman or looking for a job I am a mom and a wife first and foremost and love it. Cakes are definitely a hobby and outlet that allow me to be creative and productive outside of my daily duties and routine. Anyway, God Bless you all and I wish you all must success with your cake ventures!
post #50 of 53
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Originally Posted by dianasweetcake

I am not a business woman or looking for a job I am a mom and a wife first and foremost and love it. Cakes are definitely a hobby and outlet that allow me to be creative and productive outside of my daily duties and routine.



I am very new to CC but have been addicted to reading posts, specially those with so much drama in it, I literally munch on popcorn while reading heh. I am not psychic, but based from past posts, I can sort of predict that you will be called out for this comment "I am not a business woman or looking for a job" and will be told that this is the "Business Forum". Just sayin. Please, I hope nobody attacks me. Lol. icon_biggrin.gif

But goodluck with your endeavors and hope you continue to use cakes and baking as your creative outlet. Cheers! icon_smile.gif
post #51 of 53
Wow, If you have any negative things to say perhaps it should be PM. Coming out and attacking someone looking for guidance is terrible and shameful which was what the CakeBoss was trying to point out. Every community is going to gossip, that's just life. Just like the original nasty responder is probably very passionate about legal status that they didn't think to tame down their response some The cake boss I'm sure felt the same way. She did at least tone down her response and was nicer. I think any thing productive to help sway the original poster to be legal went out the door with all the nasty remarks. There is a way of getting your point across without stabbing someone's eyes out. When the eye's are stabbed out they will never see the writing on the wall or in this case the benefits of being legal. Remember we all started somewhere.
post #52 of 53
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Originally Posted by dianasweetcake

...I am not trying to start a business or make much money, at least nothing that would matter to the IRS anyway...



Just so you know, it matters to the IRS if you accept any money for goods or services, whether you consider yourself a business or not. Bartered goods are not exempt from that, either.
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post #53 of 53
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Originally Posted by Ruth0209

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Originally Posted by dianasweetcake

...I am not trying to start a business or make much money, at least nothing that would matter to the IRS anyway...



Just so you know, it matters to the IRS if you accept any money for goods or services, whether you consider yourself a business or not. Bartered goods are not exempt from that, either.



I was going to add the same comment!
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