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I'm 15 years old and I make a little extra cash selling cupcakes that I bake at my house to schoolmates, parents of the kids I babysit for, neighbors, etc. Nothing too big. I made up a "company name" to put on a business card which I hand out, and a website could possibly be on the way. I only get maybe an order or two a week if that, and I didn't bother registering it as an actual business or anything like that. Could I get in any legal trouble for this since I sell for profit? And if I could, what could I do/where could I go to license/register myself as a home-based business? I am a minor (Washington state), and there wasn't much I could find addressing this specific issue. Thank you!

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i think it's a really great idea for you to investigate this fully

 

yes you could potentially run into issues

 

contact your local health department or agriculture department

 

there's tons on here about starting a small business in wa

 

http://www.ora.wa.gov/business.asp

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here's your regional assistance leads

 

scroll to the bottom of the page

 

http://www.ora.wa.gov/contact.asp

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http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/RestaurantInspections.aspx

 

Local Health Department Food Safety Contacts

 

http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/LocalFoodSafetyContacts.aspx

 

washington food handling safety

 

http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/332-036.pdf

 

there's no 'straight line' pointing somewhere to follow and get all this information

 

it's kind of like an iceberg--there's a whole lot more under the surface

 

most important thing is to go to your local health department people and your local small business departments

 

best of the best to you!!!

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