In furtherance of my quest to sell photo prints, photo cards, and the like, I finally faced up to applying for a Utah state business and sales tax license. The online form went on forever and ever and ever. There was no suitable category for my little business so I checked "professional, scientific, and technical services." If you check retail, you have to say what kind of store you have. I have no store. I had to swear I would not charge admission or fees, that I won't charge for dry cleaning, repairing, and renovating property; that I am not a restaurant (although my wife won't fix my lunch); that I won't sell fireworks or X-rated stuff or tobacco products; etc., etc. etc. As the King of Siam says.
I am now registered with the State of Utah and have a temporary license so if anyone even thinks of turning me in be assured I am now legal as far as the State of Utah is concerned. However, I must obtain municipal business licenses in Riverton and St. George. I know I must do this because Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife raised heck (hell) with one poor guy who didn't have a business license in Andy Griffith's pre-Matlock days.
I had to estimate my first year's annual sales and the lowest category was $16,000. I wanted to fill in the more accurate estimate of $10, but there was no place to do it. Sorry, Utah, I will not sell enough stuff to raise enough sales tax to erase your deficit or increase the lowest-per-student education spending in the nation.
Now I am working on my photo note card addition to the Zenfolio portfolio site. If you haven't visited the Zenfolio site, go to dmblood.zenfolio.com, or click on the Peppermint Tulips link at the left. Then run the slide shows. I just got another batch of Zenfolio magnetic prints and they are absolutely stunning. Meanwhile, I continue to update my current series on how to avoid doing stupid things if you want to be an entrepreneur, since I have already done all of them.