What I'm wondering is whether many (most? all?) shops on Etsy have gone through all the steps of setting up and running a government-recognized small business.
~~ Do you have a business license with your state?
~~ Do you have a business bank account?
~~ Did (or do) you have a formal business plan?
~~ Do you have an attorney specifically for your business?
~~ Do you have an accountant specifically for your business?
~~ etc, etc, etc
I'm not judging anyone who has or has not done all these things. I'm just a new shop owner (my shop isn't even up and running yet), and I'm trying to figure all this out. I want to give my business (my shop) the best chance at success possible, as well as to protect myself and my family. But I'm also on a very limited budget and need to prioritize carefully, especially with the more expensive things. So if there are steps that aren't that important or that can wait, I want to know that. On the other hand, I don't want to cut corners if that means breaking laws or Etsy rules, or otherwise posing risk to myself or anyone else.
Tell me about you and your Etsy shop, as a small business. Thanks!