If you are running a real business, there is a benefit to doing it right and legal, actually, there are several. Least of which is that you can actually do the things that allow you to make money, real money, becuase you are a legitimate business. There is also sleeping well at night becuase you do not worry about being checked. And then there is the whole ethics angle, where doing things per the law is just how you roll.
1. Where do you sell? Do you cater? Do you sell at fairs, parades, farmers markets? A roadside stand? A couple of times, maybe three times a year, I cater an event. Private only.
2. Where do you prepare your food? In a rented kitchen? At home? Has this area been inspected and approved by the HD? I prepare the food on-site, service is hot and I control all elements. It is not, nor is it requiired to be inspected.
3. Do you have a business license and/or tax ID? I have a seperate business from the catering, but, since I am working privately under my own name, I simply record and report the income under by SSN. If I needed to report a larger income, I can just roll it into my tax I.D. number
4. How much money do you generate, without subtracting expenses or labor? I cover only my showing up and cooking, all other expenses are paid by the client. I make between $300 and $1000 per event.
5. Anybody ever sell BBQ at a stand on the road? no
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