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pampurd_pups

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I have worked from home for the last 2-2 1/2 yrs, I started when I was pregnant with my second son.

I don't have any employees, I barely charge enough per dog. I take no more than 4 dogs per day, and it's usually only 1 or 2. No more than 1 car is parked outside of my house, and never more than 10 minutes. I make about $200-$250 per week.

I sell no retail, either.

So what qualifies me for licensing and zoning? Am I still required?
pampurd_pups

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Also, none of my neighbors complain, one is actually a customer of mine with 3 dogs.
The others just don't care.

Also, another thing, there is also a grooming shop about a 1/2-1mile away, not too far from me. 
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I believe you are asking for trouble!!  Get the proper "in home business license" and be done with it.  Check to see what the requirements are with your city, township, county or whatever governs businesses in your area.  Having the proper business tools will allow you to run a legal and prosperous business.  Good Luck!!

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I agree with Bitty. You r playing with fire if u don't.

pampurd_pups

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well i'm pretty aware of that, I was just wondering what qualifies me to be licensed. Is it the number, the income, location, etc?

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We don't have to have any special licensing in our community.  I called the township, asked for/and got permission.  The only thing that would need to be approved is signage should I want to put it by the road.

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I agree with jm. Go to your zoning office. A permit is all you need. Some will check your shop and your parking, etc.

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In our city, where I'm zoned, you don't need a permit, license or nothing! But this is because of how I'm zoned. I also have a shop in my house. You can check stuff out on the city web site 1st before poking around with people at city hall...
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I agree with bitty. I just opened a business and I was what you might say "blind".. I was told my attorney I didn't need a business license if I wasn't selling anything. Well after about 1 month of opening I got a letter saying. I have til the 30th of march to apply for a license or expect to pay a fine of $100.00 a day and will be closed til it is done. This is a new law in Indiana. I then called my attorney, he said I will call you back.  He did call me and said it is a new law. Go ahead and file I will take care of the fee. Check your state.  Cover your butt... It only cost me $25.00. But get this I have to now get a retail license so if I ever decide to sale anything. Zoning you have  to have your area checked to see if your zoned to have a in home business.  My zoning was a big headache.  I wish you luck.

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It really does not matter how many pets you do, ALWAYS insure you are protected. 2 things to think about are this...

1.get a business license - protect yourself. All it takes is one new neighbor or some 'upset' customer to report you. In our town here one can run a business out of ones home BUT it cannot be a business that introduces anything into the residential water system... thus.. no hairdresser's or pet grooming. If anything were to affect the sewerage... the responsible party 'could' be fined if any 'issues' were to come up. (excessive hair or chemicals creating a blockage) in rural part of our area too... if one creates an issue with the local water (soap and chemicals included) and one has a septic that could find its way into to ground water... etc etc etc.
2. get a LLC or inc. to protect yourself too! all it takes is one pet accident and a sue happy owner to take every thing you own. Seen it happen! one owner had older dog, had lots of health issues already... dog dies in her care... owner sues her BIG TIME for emotional duress.... lein on her home, car, etc...

COVER YOUR BUTT!!!

an LLC can be as inexpensive as $50-100. is soooo worth it!



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Epona, could your elaborate a little more about LLC? What are the benefits?
heavenlypets

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i agree.............my mom keeps telling me to go llc........not sure what it is

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The 2 choices one can make to protect your life and belongings are
LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) and
INC. (full incorporation)

in both cases you 'choose' your business name and that is what you 'legally' do business under. If you are for example going to open a salon and choose to use the name "Sue's Grooming Salon" but your LLC or INC are your 'legal' business name ex. "Sue Smith pets, Inc" it can further protect you in that you are 2 steps removed from the hands on issues of the grooming salon. Then you would be Sue Smith pets Inc DBA Sue's Grooming Salon. If you choose to sell merchandise you can get a State sales tax number under your LLC or INC.

Bottom line is this, once you choose to protect yourself legally, any issues that someone may try to take you to court will be against the business and NOT you.It may seems like a lot of mumbo jombo in a way BUT if you ever have any legal issue... it is always better to insure you are covered. If anyone ever slips and falls in your place of business... think.... they could sue you for any medical bills, loss of work etc. If you are grooming out of your home... make sure to have it legally covered in your business insurance too. Home owners insurance may frown upon paying any law suits for a business if it is out of your home... best to ask for info.


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Thank You!
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Does anyone out there know the current licensing or any changes in grooming certs. in the past 4 years in louisiana.I learned my trade in grooming approximately 20 years ago as an apprentice,and have groomed until about 4 years ago, has anything  changed in louisiana but a business license?

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