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September 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm #999737Penelope18Member
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I have the wheels in motion to start a business from home where I make and sell raw, vegan bars from home. But I’m overwhelmed and have some questions.
I rang the NSW food authority and they said all I need to operate from home is my councils permission. I rang Council and they said I’m fine to operate a business at home. Does this sound right for the go ahead? No food licenses or anything?
I’m trying to work out how I’m going to track expenses and such. I’m going to operate as a sole trader and sell directly to the consumer. I think most transactions will be cash or direct bank deposit. Do small business like these often operate in cash? I’m guessing that is illegal.
How do I do my books myself? Would an excel spread sheet with money in and money out do the trick?
Any advice would be so appreciated!!September 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm #1221158Rowan@quaoticParticipant
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I am guessing that you did not frame your questions well. Yes, you absolutely need your food handlers licenses (easy to do online), as well as a registered kitchen (your council will check it and tell you what you need to do there). You also need to be aware of food labeling requirements etc. There is a lot of information on gov websites for your state as well as nationally.September 8, 2019 at 8:43 pm #1221159bb1Participant
Penelope18, post: 267052, member: 115729 wrote:I think most transactions will be cash or direct bank deposit. Do small business like these often operate in cash? I’m guessing that is illegal.
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It is not illegal to operate in cash, but you must declare the cash transactions in your books, so that you still pay tax, etc on them. Just record them in your accounting software (whatever you end up using), just as a part of your income stream.September 10, 2019 at 5:02 am #1221161bb1Participant
Mihira, post: 267070, member: 115721 wrote:Hi [USER=115729]@Penelope18[/USER] , I would suggest heading to grubloop.com
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It is designed to help you get started. You can manage your recipes, track ingredient costs, nutrition information etc. See here for more details.
I struggle, no change that, I am deeply concerned that you are referring people to your own website, without actually mentioning it is your own website, which in another thread you admit is just a proof of concept. Be honest and up front, I hope admins look at this thread as well.
[USER=49676]@Dave – FS Concierge[/USER]September 10, 2019 at 5:13 am #1221162MihiraMember
bb1, post: 267074, member: 53375 wrote:I struggle, no change that, I am deeply concerned that you are referring people to your own website, without actually mentioning it is your own website, which in another thread you admit is just a proof of concept. Be honest and up front, I hope admins look at this thread as well.
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[USER=49676]@Dave – FS Concierge[/USER]
Apologies for that rushed response to [USER=115729]@Penelope18[/USER] ‘s original question.
I have not yet setup a signature as I see many members here have. There was no ill intent here it was an honest referral and I truly believe the website will help [USER=115729]@Penelope18[/USER] , otherwise I wouldn’t have embarked on the journey to bring it to life.
All the best, I hope I have clarified the issue.
MihiraSeptember 11, 2019 at 5:51 am #1221163Dave – FS ConciergeModerator
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Thanks for setting up your signature [USER=115721]@Mihira[/USER]
When responding to a question, the idea (on this forum) is to provide some advice directly rather than refer to your website. All links or offers should be contained in your signature.
For best results you could let people know in your signature who your business will help (for example: grubloop.com – Help for people starting a food business).
Keep getting involved in conversations and you’ll get the hang of it.
DaveSeptember 11, 2019 at 6:20 am #1221164MihiraMember
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Noted [USER=49676]@Dave – FS Concierge[/USER] , thanks for the advice. I’ll edit my signature.September 11, 2019 at 8:37 am #1221165JacquiPryorMember
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https://ablis.business.gov.au/ may also assist you in finding out the licenses, registrations etc you need for your business type.
If you are operating as a sole trader, you will still need an ABN – and, if you will use a business name other than your own personal name, you need to register that with ASIC as well as meeting the food requirement part of your business. As BB1 mentioned – totally fine to be paid in cash (just think, a lot of us do when shopping at a supermarket for example) so long as it’s tracked
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