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
here's your regional assistance leads
scroll to the bottom of the page
Local Health Department Food Safety Contacts
washington food handling safety
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!!!