|Forum topic by barringerfurniture||posted 10-11-2014 04:20 PM||1089 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
10-11-2014 04:20 PM
This post was inspired by a previous post by someone else, concerning whether or not to collect and pay sales tax on products you sell.
As a carpenter for about 16 years working for other contractors and now a struggling small business owner, I have become increasingly aware of how difficult California in particular, makes life for small businesses. Article after article on the internet describes California as “dismal”, “impossible”, “a complete failure” in supporting, helping, or at least clearing a path for small businesses of any kind to open their doors and have a chance at succeeding. One article gives California an “F” in a grading system state by state.
Between state/federal income taxes, sales taxes, self-employment taxes, licensure if applicable and it’s associated annual fees, payroll tax and workers comp (as much as 30% here) if applicable, zoning regulations prohibiting work out of your home, etc, etc, etc,.....It just seems downright impossible at times.
So this is partly a rant but mainly I’m interested in how others view their own state’s climate in regard to small business in general but woodworking, cabinetmaking, furniture and other construction-related shops in particular.
Thanks for any comments or insight.
-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA barringerfinefurniture.com