I want to start my jewelry business this year - - but can’t afford
to rent studio and shop space yet. So my studio is in my garage and
I’m thinking of launching a web site to sell my works, and also try
to sell through local shops or galleries, word of mouth, etc. The
thing is, I live in suburban NJ and I’m pretty sure the zoning laws
in my town would not allow running a business from my home,
technically. I’ve been trying to research what to do (without going
to town hall and giving myself away) and it seems like most of the
advice I get is along the lines of "do it but keep a low profile."
The thing is, I worry that once I register my business name, have
business cards, do taxes, start to get mail in the business’ name,
etc, that I will somehow get caught and “in trouble”. I’m not sure
what could actually happen. Also, I’m concerned about insurance. I
haven’t told our agent about this yet, nor about the torch/tank set
up in the garage for fear of losing coverage.
Has anyone out there in Orchidland started their business in their
home in a highly populated suburban/urban area? If so, how did you
deal with these kinds of start-up issues?
Thanks for all your wisdom!
(I wish I could go to Tucson - - maybe next year!)