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  • Essential information for starting up a craft business

    This is a thread of links for useful contacts, processes and hoops to jump through when setting up and running a craft business.
    Remember that as far as the Inland Revenue are concerned if you sell to anyone including family and friends you need to be registered. There is no such thing as a hobby seller.

    Each post in this thread will contain links for the different area's of business

    The Following people have also contributed to this thread
    Mornie G Jewellery
    JKS

    If you have any more useful links for crafters starting in business please pm them to me and I will add them.
    Last edited by beadsbydesign; 17-11-2011, 08:58 AM.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    Tax office / Inland Revenue

    HMRC Self employed info.
    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/

    Self employment checklist
    http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/..._checklist.htm

    Information for under 16's running a business
    http://www.startups.co.uk/under-16-tax-obligations.html
    Last edited by beadsbydesign; 05-01-2012, 08:26 AM.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      Business Support and advice

      Business support finder.
      http://www.businesslink.org/bdotg/action/bsf

      http://businesslinksoutheast.net/bus...cID=0&cValue=1

      Marketing part 1

      Marketing part 2
      Last edited by beadsbydesign; 17-11-2011, 08:14 AM.
      full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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      • #4
        Selling online

        Another HMRC one lifted off another thread specifically re online selling.
        http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/guidance/selling/examples.htm

        Distance selling regulations
        http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2.../contents/made
        Last edited by beadsbydesign; 16-11-2011, 05:58 PM.
        full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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        • #5
          Self Employment

          Self employment checklist
          http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/..._checklist.htm

          Setting up a craft business
          full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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          • #6
            Insurance

            Members of the forum have used the following insurance providers

            One of the many good Public Liability insurers for crafters.
            http://www.craftinsurance.co.uk/

            http://www.directlineforbusiness.co.uk/ (payable in installments)

            http://www.cmtia.co.uk/ (not for online selling)

            http://www.gmimberltd.com/
            Last edited by beadsbydesign; 16-11-2011, 05:55 PM.
            full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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            • #7
              Business Publicity

              Publicity

              Photography
              Last edited by beadsbydesign; 16-11-2011, 05:40 PM.
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              • #8
                Legal issues

                distance selling regulations

                Consumer rights
                Last edited by beadsbydesign; 16-11-2011, 06:12 PM.
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                • #9
                  certification for cosmetics and soaps

                  Legalities of selling your soaps and cosmetics

                  David Munden Tel: 01306 627180
                  Smallburgh Laboratories Limited Fax: 01306 628040
                  Northlands Business Park
                  Bognor Road
                  Warnham
                  West Sussex RH12 3SH

                  Dr John Hopkins Tel: 01635 248830
                  Innovant Research Ltd Fax: 01635247206
                  The Elms, Oxford Road
                  Chieveley
                  Newbury
                  Berkshire RG20 8RT
                  Last edited by beadsbydesign; 17-11-2011, 08:51 AM.
                  full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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                  • #10
                    Social networking for your business

                    The following are social network tool on the internet that can be very useful for promoting your business
                    (remember that any comments you make on the internet will reflect upon your business and could be there for a very long time)

                    Craft Juice A great site to promote your handmade items.
                    Twitter: use 140 characters at a time to promote your business, tell of new products and search out new links
                    Facebook for business give your business it's own facebook page for promotion.
                    Stumble upon
                    Blogging use blogger or wordpress to show photo's and write about your business news.
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                    • #11
                      Online sites for the sale and promotion of handmade items

                      Folksy Uk based selling platform for handmade items
                      Etsy USA based selling platform with a good contingent of Uk sellers of handmade items
                      Not on The High Street (NOTHS) quite a high start up cost
                      wow thank you
                      ToSouk
                      Dawanda
                      Handmade With Passion
                      Vintage Victory
                      Last edited by beadsbydesign; 17-11-2011, 09:17 AM.
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                      • #12
                        legalities of making items for children

                        Standards of manufacture for children's items in the UK

                        Toy safety

                        dummy clips and pacifiers
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                        • #13
                          Hallmarking

                          Hallmarking your silver and gold
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                            Home / car Insurance Issues

                            If you run a business from your home you must inform your insurance provider that you do so or you could invalidate your house insurance.
                            The same applies to car insurance. You must inform your car insurance provider that you transport goods (even if it is a parcel to the post office) or you could invalidate your insurance.
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                            • #15
                              Producing food items for selling

                              Government guide lines of food preparation and premises standards
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