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Shell

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Hi,
I have been physically selling on Etsy for over a year now as a sole trader and finally decided to open up my own website on a Shopify acc.
However, the last time I ran a web store was at least 10-15y ago when policies etc were a little more lax.

I was wondering if anyone can let me know what exactly I need to have on my website to ensure I’m covered. I’m seeing a few contradicting areas of advice - one claiming you MUST have 3 ways of contact - email/address and phone number

however many ST businesses I’m seeing only show email.

can anyone advise if I need to have all 3, because I’m a sole trader, I would love to keep home address and mobile numbers (however pondering an extra mobile for business) from this if I can legally.

thanks
 
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Markss

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This is interesting I am just working on a shopify website too. But looking at other websites I agree I do not see a contact number on most. Will be interesting to see if an expert replies. I am still not sure if soletrader or limited company is best. Have you found it easier? I have another job and don’t want to go in to higher earnings bracket.
 
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Shell

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I have a PT night job since having a baby. I started this company last year to give me a little sanity and also to work in an area I love which I never did before.

I am currently Sole Trader and so far, it’s been fine for my circumstances as while I’m doing well, I’m not too bothered about the tax side of things. I’m not rolling in the dough (yet) but if/when things grow, it maybe an option I’ll consider.

i knew having a small business would be tricky but all the legal areas to cover can be a little overwhelming. I’m considering selling outwith UK and that had been an utter mind melt trying to find the relevant information
 
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Markss

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I have a PT night job since having a baby. I started this company last year to give me a little sanity and also to work in an area I love which I never did before.

I am currently Sole Trader and so far, it’s been fine for my circumstances as while I’m doing well, I’m not too bothered about the tax side of things. I’m not rolling in the dough (yet) but if/when things grow, it maybe an option I’ll consider.

i knew having a small business would be tricky but all the legal areas to cover can be a little overwhelming. I’m considering selling outwith UK and that had been an utter mind melt trying to find the relevant information
Yes me too I’m fed up working for others so when I launch my gift store I’m not expecting lots of orders but it must be great working for oneself. What business you got? Did you get a accountant
 
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Shell

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I run a greeting card and stationery business with my own designs.
Been selling OK through Etsy but a lot of sales came through FB and Instagram and also selling designs through Thortful and a few other card businesses.

I’m looking to go wholesale but recently been accepted to Creoate Wholesale and awaiting my store to open but need to look into international selling because of this to increase my sales - I’m missing a massive market only selling in UK so I need to push myself to expand.

At the moment, no. Thankfully I am able to do my tax returns easily as most of my expenses are in and out - but Quickbooks have been amazing to make it simpler to complete :)
 
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Markss

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Thank you that’s really helpful to know. Because of taxes I’m starting off in uk to get a feel for the business side and I have 3 good suppliers with uk manufacturing so it falls in with my ethics. When you take off in wholesale let me know so I can see if we can support each other’s businesses. I may be able to get some templates to help you. I’m hoping to download them for the legal bits. I’m not going to register for vat until I reach the £85k mark. My supplier said that’s how they started out before limited.
 
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Markss

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Verified Member
Hi Shell. I found another website to sell products on called EYBYGUM. I have 3 items on there which I added over weekend. It’s free and their payment is stripe which is a good rate. Is ETSY? Good? Makes me rethink do I need a website snd just do what you are doing.
 
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BenjaminHead

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Hi Shell. I found another website to sell products on called EYBYGUM. I have 3 items on there which I added over weekend. It’s free and their payment is stripe which is a good rate. Is ETSY? Good? Makes me rethink do I need a website snd just do what you are doing.
Did you every try to sell your products via deal website? How reliable they are?
 
Heysel

Heysel

New Member
First of all, any site should have a convenient mobile version!
 
jessicaherron9

jessicaherron9

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While sole traders pay Income Tax on profits and classes 2 and 4 National Insurance, limited companies pay Corporation Tax on profits, which is a lower rate than Income Tax, and no National Insurance. Limited companies don't generally have to make Income Tax payments on account, but sole traders do.
 
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