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How do I start?

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I'm can't decide how to go about starting, should I simply start making shirts and selling them at fairs or somthing or get a buisness license, resellers permit, trademark my name and so fourth, then produce shirts.
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Technically, if you are planning on operating a business you should register and get any required licenses or permits before you open for business. But you can start as a sole proprietorship and get set up fairly low cost by registering a DBA and getting a Tax ID number. Do a google search for 'starting a business in (your state)' and you should find plenty of resources to help out. Or you can contact a local accountant to walk you through the process.

Trademarking is somewhat different. It's not a requirement to operate a business. So it's all based on preference if you want to go that route. My advice is usually this... If you have enough startup funds to afford to register a trademark, then you should go ahead and do it. But if you are on a limited budget, then spend your money on production and marketing instead of legal. You can always trademark later on.

And something to keep in mind about trademarks is that your registration doesn't automatically prevent someone from stealing your mark. You need to actively and aggressively protect your mark by issuing cease and desist letters and/or suing those who infringe on you intellectual property. So unless you are actually going to sue people to protect your trademark, there's no rush to register. Once you start selling product with your mark, you gain common law trademark.
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Thanks that is interesting stuff about the trademark
Depending on what state you are in there are government websites that outline what you must do to establish a company. California has a great one.
They should call you Trademark Tim! lol
If I keep it up, maybe I'll get my own section of the forum...
If I keep it up, maybe I'll get my own section of the forum...
That wouldn't be a bad thing.....:)
Hey checked out your 8th site.I really like it.Im gonna have hot chicks on my web site too.as a matter of fact I have lined up some hotties and my friend is a pro photographer and said he'd shoot for free.Nice job tim!
Thanks Eric! That's the same situation as me, actually, my friend is a photographer. He did charge me, but gave me a great deal. He deserved it though, given the amount of time he put into it. The girls are friends of the family, so they were excited to help out. I actually have some more photos I keep meaning to get uploaded to the site.
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