Annmaria’s Blog On Judo, Business And Life

Now that the beginning of the new year has come and gone, I have had a flurry of calls about starting a business in Spokane, surrounding areas and/or Washington State, many with the same questions: Do I need a business license? How do I set up an LLC? How do I get a trade name? I thought it would be helpful to run through a few of the state, city and federal registration requirements for business owners to be aware of before they open. We’ve just celebrated our Four Year Anniversary this month and are already getting major recognition from Vogue, NY Times, and have partnered with Target and ! Our other mission is transparency-both in our products- in our mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone-and in our sales model. Every single cost and detail is laid out on the website!

Internet: Use your Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or whatever to get the word out. I had hundreds of dollars come in from posting reminders and a fundraising bar on my Facebook page. Individual charities sometimes have widgets you can load to your page to show your fundraising progress and a direct link to your donation page.

Of course, unnecessary page flipping is not a huge reason to forego the purchase of any magazine. However, I also find that Fast Company doesn’t deliver on the same level of journalism as the other business magazines, and has proved itself to be of very little use.

I know how you feel Julie. I am 12 too and want to start a crochet business. At first my parents said yes then I asked where to sell them and they didnt answer. Finally I told them what I was saving up for and they fliped out. It still might work out because I think they need to talk about it a little.

I decided almost within a year of selling cards I would not include extra packaging. I wanted the savings it offered me and my customers. The two shop owners I wholesaled to, never asked about it, and in 6 years of selling at the Farmer’s market I have not been asked about individual card protection. I do have the very thinnest door hanger poly bags for the purchasers to carry away their items in, but that is all.

There are two schools of thought on this one. Do you have a family friendly event so that everyone can join in or do you plan an adult’s only night where people can let their hair down and have a few drinks? Personally I prefer the later… people tend to spend more at these nights too.