No, I'm not getting married! I am busy making something else official: My business!
I never knew how much work that would be. I wish it was just sending a form to the business registry, but a lot more is involved. There's taxes to think about, so I need to register for that, and figure out how to charge my customers. I wish it was just Holland I had to worry about, but apparently I need to pay (and charge) taxes for customers from all of Europe. It's 19% here too. Ouch.
And then there's the disability problem. I get an allowance, so I need to contact them, and tell them how much profit I expect to make (if only I knew!), how many hours a week I work, etc. It's all pretty complicated, because I never work the same amount of hours, simply because I never know how my head will be. And what is considered working? My blog and blog reading does give my shop exposure, but is that marketing and thus working? Or is it just a hobby that happens to bring me business too?
Has anyone of you made their business official? When did you decide it was time for that? And does anyone live in a state or country that makes you charge sales tax? If yes, how did you handle it? Do you add it to all of your prices, or do you only charge people from your own country or state? And how do your customers react to having to pay more? Did you lose any business when you started charging sales tax? I'm really not looking forward to adding 19% to all of my products. I think I might just have to lower my prices a bit first, even though I only just raised them because I was undercharging.
Why does it have to be this complicated?