Here is some information on how to start a jewelry business in California. This information will also be helpful in starting any type of craft business in the state of California.
California has a number of requirements to start a business. You may need to check with your local government for any additional licenses or permits you will possibly need. Below is information on how to register your business in the state of California.
Getting started- California’s official website about how to start a business in California is found here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness.aspx
1. Register your jewelry business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/ChooseaFictitiousBusinessName.aspx . Your fictitious name must be registered with your county clerk. Find your county’s form here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/CountyClerkandFBNForms.aspx
More on selecting a name for your new business HERE.
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/DefiningaBusiness.aspx
3. Register your jewelry business.
You can register your jewelry business with the state of California here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness.aspx
4. Open a business checking account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your jewelry business with your new business name.
5. Research taxes and possibly hire an accountant.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.taxes.ca.gov/doingbus.shtml and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Get liability insurance.
Depending on what type of jewelry business you will be starting, you may want to consider liability insurance.
7. Worker’s compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this. You will only need worker’s compensation if you have employees.
8. Get health insurance.
Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance. If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.
9. City license.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your jewelry business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not. http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness/Locallicensesandpermits.aspx