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Setting Up A Small Business In San Jose

Now I have my work visa I can reopen my etsy business… So heres how I did that. This is just advice and a good starting point, but please check for yourself as rules and laws change. In California setting up a business is a little more complicated as they have more rules than most of the states in the USA.

So Where Do You Go First?

Step 1. Advice

If your a complete beginner then a great starting point is Score They are brilliant they have lots of courses to get you started and your learn everything about different types of business entities, business planning, marketing and more. You can also arrange to have a mentor with them too.

Before I could reopen my etsy shop, my first port of call was the local town hall for advice and mine was San Jose City Hall. They will tell you to obtain a sellers licenses and a Fictious Business Name. Once you have that then you can register your business for tax with City Hall. There are quiet a few other steps and it can be confusing so heres a breakdown of things you will need to do, depending on your business. I work from home and sell on line so this is what I did.

Step 2. Register Business Name: County Clerk Recorder 

Address: 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110

When registering your business name it all depends on a few things…. If you use your name for your business you do not need to register that. The best advice I can offer is to go direct to Small Business Ally, I got this information from San Jose Town, but your advised to email them first, you just can’t go in and expect to see him or her. For City of San Jose, its:

Juan F. Borrelli, AICP he is there Small Business Ally.

www.sanjoseca.gov/businesscoach

Step 3. Sellers License – Sales & Use Permit (Seller’s Permit) FREE

All businesses selling or leasing tangible property must obtain a Seller’s Permit. I got that from the “State Board of Equalization”

Address: 250 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113,

When applying for your sellers licence you will need

1. Bank Address:

2. Suppliers Address: e.g. I used Michaels for some of my supplies so I used them.

3. Fictitious Business Name which lasts 5 years or if you use your own name you don’t need to apply for a Fictitious Name (but please check for yourself as rules change and every city has its own set of rules.

4. Tax ID also known as EIN – I don’t use this atm as its just me, but I might change later.

A Heads up currently the Sales Tax rate in San Jose is 9.25%

Step 4. Registering for Business Tax

You obtain this from your local Town Hall. Mine was San Jose City Hall.

In the reception they will send you to counters 1 and 2 (they may change this in the future but its a heads up) The guys and girls there are very helpful  and they will give you a form to fill in. Registering your business costs $250 a year. You only have to register once, but this fee is payable every year. There do offer a waiver if you earn less than $23,000 a year, and theres a form for that too.

Step 5. Learn More About How Sales Tax/ Use Tax Works.

Go back to the “State Board of Equalization” they have a few free courses on sales tax and more and will help you with everything you need to know for filing sales taxes and Use Tax.

Step 6. Setting up a Business Bank account.

As I run a small home creative business my best advice in the early stages is to find a business account that charges you no fees or low fees to start up. I personally would use a credit union. I use Keypoint Credit Union, they offer a FREE Business account with no fees.

When setting up your account take all your business documents with you, they will need to check over all your credentials.

Sellers License.

Business Registration

Work Permit EAD

Social Security 

Home address, Business address if different

Step 7. Find A Good Accountant.

At the end of you need to file your schedule C for business, I was referred to my accountant and he is brilliant. As a newbie to the USA and filing taxes here, its a must to start off with your right foot forward…

Once I contacted my accountant he called me and talked me through my taxes. He gave me a list of items he required on the form filling so he could fill in my forms, and do my books for me at the end of the year.  My first year completing my tax was painless.

Never be frightened to ask questions every step of the way when dealing with your business and as a newbie in the US everything is run differently here its not like your home.

Step 8. Keep Great Book Keeping…

Moving to San Jose, Silicon Valley, California USA & Closing Down My Business for 90 days.

I’ve been living in the San Jose since May 2016, I’m all settled in now sort of 😉 This is my first blog in a very long time. Its not been the easy moving to the other side of the pond and settling into a new country, but it has been made a little easier as we relocated with Apple and they have helped us every step of the way. Relocating to another country permanently is not like being a full time tourist. Its a lot of paperwork (mountains of it) and waiting its taken over two years to get our green cards. Taxes are hIgh here and learning an alien tax system is mind boggling you definitely need an accountant to make any sense of it. 

We had two options of moving to the USA with a company and one is with a H1B Visa or an L1/L2 visa. We came in under L1 and L2 spouse visa, this was great for me as I only had to wait 90 days to work, while I applied and waited for my Work Visa.

H-1B Visas means the spouse of the partner who comes into the USA cannot work for 2 years. This is pretty terrible in many ways for families moving here. Silicon Valley, California is a very expensive place to live, despite the good wages in the Tech industry, you do need two incomes coming in to help pay for the high prices here for everything. Another issue which is hard for the spouse is they have to give up there job or business… Having to close the door to your much loved business and all the hard work and love you put into it can be devastating. so I’m glad we did not come in on the H-1B Visa. More info on H-1B Visa

L-1 Visa is a another option of moving to the USA as an employee who has worked for company for at least 1 year.  More on L-1 Visa.

Selling My Art in Queenstown New Zealand.

Horned GodOctober 2013 we went to live in Queenstown New Zealand for 5 months and 2 weeks. A much needed change after a 4 year stay in Thailand. Going to New Zealand gave me a great opportunity to sell my art direct to you in person. This was my first one to one selling in 8 years and the experience was amazing. Selling in person means so much and I’d really missed the opportunity to do that on a regular basis.

I learn’t what you liked, and I really connected on a person level. It enabled me to share my story behind my art. To me the real connection between man, animals, plants and nature is at the core of my art and the sense of connectedness we all share.

Queenstown saturday market in the park. It’s alive with music and arts, and people from all over the world came to join in the friendly atmosphere. Queenstown has a majestic feeling, the mountains and the lake are memorising and you cannot help but feel amazing at being part of it.

So I signed up for a Sellers License to enable me to sell my craft. After my experience as a selling artist in Queenstown it made me realize how important it is to have an outlet to share and talk about my art. its all about making new friends and sharing my experiences with other artists and you. Sharing is the reason why we all create and I love to be with people who inspire me to create and be a better person.. It’s not just about art, its so much more its about the experience I have to connect with so many people like you.

Obtaining a Sellers License in New Zealand For 6 Months.

As a Brit you can get a tourist visa for up to 6 months. Selling your art at craft fairs and galleries in NZ you can apply for a sellers market license at the local town hall. While I was visiting Queenstown, my first point of contact was the person who ran the Queenstown Market on saturday’s and she put me in touch with what I needed to do.

Taxation on your income while you stay in New Zealand was 10% if your stay is less than 6 months. This will change as time pass’s on so please check before you come. If you stayed longer then you would need to pay taxes on your world wide earnings. So I kept my visit under 6 months, as this would complicate things. I did this back in 2013, so bare in mind things may have changed since then.

Previously the last 8 years I have been travelling from country to country.  This has been tough on my art, because I was just creating and learning to sell online, with little knowledge on how to do it properly. I just went with the flow and didn’t really know anything about marketing and using the tools I had to hand to create a better following. And I fully admit I found it hard to stay connected, it was difficult to stay focused and positive, especially when you work on your own without any interactions.

Despite all this, I have learnt a lot.

  • I have taught myself to build a websites
  • I’m learning how write blogs
  • My writing has improved.
  • I’m doing what I love
  • I’ve found great ways to show off my art via social networking

I realise those 8 years of learning and creating art and being able to travel and create gave me the opportunity to create art the body of art I had to share, quiet often you were amazed at the amount of art I had on offer.

Positive Moves in the right Direction.

  • While I’m here I’m going to learn more about the industry
  • Create more art
  • Write a book about my art. This will be consist of an 3 sections – Introduction – Meaning behind each painting and story board from start to finish. I figure this is perfect way for you to get to know me and my meaning behind my work.
  • I will be writing more blogs.
  • Focusing on my newsletters.
  • Updating my websites.

I’m always adding new items to pinterest, instagram, twitter and Facebook. If you have ant questions or helpful advice you can contact me here just leave a reply and I’ll do my best to reply.

 

 

 

Introducing My “Majestic Deer” Art & January’s Sketchbook Dairies

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Since being in New Zealand, I have been so inspired by the natural beauty of animal and nature, especially after four years living in Bangkok city, its quiet refreshing to say the least and I’m loving my new home.

Since November I have been settling in and adapting to my new routine and home. From buying in lots of new items for our home and sourcing out printers for my art and learning everything about the area we live in. Its been a huge change to living in Asia for 4 years. There’s a lot we take for granted, in our lives, and as humans we can get pretty comfortable. Our lives are run by routines and when something changes it can set us off balance for a while, even me.

I’m on my 8th year of traveling so I am getting used to change and I have learnt to adapt, its still not easy, but I don’t take anything for granted. I enjoy my life, but I still miss settling in and nesting. I know most of you who read this have a house with all your creature comforts? I do too, but it belongs to our landlord 😉 So my home is New Zealand for the next 6 months before we head back to our condo in Thailand. So all this is why I have been silent on the web front, but life is all go. I’m now selling my art at the Queenstown Saturday Market Earnslaw Park. So I have had a lot to organise and keep me busy with my stall, every week I’m adding to my stall, and i’m slowly getting there.

I have also done 4 new pieces of art, heres my second peace I created called “Majestic Deer” This peace is about the harmony between animal and nature. Here’s my inspiration behind the art.

Wisdom from the Deer

MajesticDeerMy deer mother and father have taught me grace and peace. My home, the forest, is magical and full of beauty. My parents taught me to be sensitive and intuitive and above to love life. My inner fawn is innocence and I dance in the magical mysteries of life. But don’t be fooled, behind my big loving eyes I have learnt the dance of vigilance, for my mind is always aware. In a heartbeat I can quickly change directions with grace.

If you seek the magic that is within me, come to the forest and learn to dance to the rhythm of the trees and together we can learn life’s mysteries and live in harmony.

Animal Guide

The deer are full of grace, peace, love and beauty. As a spirit guide the deer is associated with gentleness and grace. You have the ability to move through life and obstacles with grace. The deer keeps you in touch with your inner child, and innocence, always sensitive and intuitive. The vigilance of the deer comes the ability to change directions quickly. Welcome to the magical life of nature she/he holds the ability to regenerate, watch and learn living beside nature keeps you in touch with life’s mysteries.

Affirmation

Today I’m full of love and grace, I can see the beauty in nature and my soul is at peace. I have learnt the dance of innocence and vigilance and I can walk the path of Harmony most divine.

Sketchbook Dairies

This sunday at 3pm till 5pm I’m holding a 2 hour sketching session in the Earnslaw Park Queenstown. Come watch me draw or bring a sketchpad to learn some sketching techniques  ITS FREE and a nice way to chill out on a sunday afternoon xxx

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My Sketchbook Dairies, Queenstown NZ

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Hi guys, now that I’m here in Queenstown until March 2014 I thought it would be nice to sort out some FREE art classes in Queenstown. My first one is on this Sunday 24th November 2013. We will meet outside Patagonia chocolates at 3pm and move into the park for some sketching fun.

This is a great opportunity to bring your sketchbook and pencils along and learn to do some sketching. You can sketch what ever you like its all up to you. This weekend I will be working on some Kiwi bird art. So if you want to come along to watch or join in your more than welcome.

I will be there from 3pm till 5pm. As this Sunday is my first I will be finding out if I can arrange a place where we can meet if its raining. If you cannot make this weekend keep an eye out on my blog or website for future events.

Look forward to seeing you Sunday, Octavia