More Business FAQ – Starting a Business in California

This week is sort of a bummer. I got sick and am laying in bed while I’m typing this. But truth is, nothing can get me down. So along with our giveaway that we’re announcing on June 10th, I thought I’d share a little more information about starting a business here in the great ol’ state of California. It’s pretty easy as long as you’re well informed and do your research. I can’t stress this enough, educating yourself before starting a business is key. If you’ve read my previous post about opening a business in California then you know there are a lot of things to think about when starting one. So you’ve got your DBA in hand, you got

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your tax permit, and you’ve got your FB and Twitter set up, so now what? Here are a couple questions to ask yourself:

1. Am I selling goods or a service? In the state of California, if you are selling any type of goods you need to have a reseller’s license from the California State Board of Equalization, who will be collecting your sales tax from you. Depending on where you conduct business, the nature of what you are selling, and what kind of sales volume you have the BOE will arrange the correct payment schedule (quarterly, annually, etc.).

2. Did I open a bank account yet? You definitely want to keep your business and personal financials separate. The last thing you want to do is get them mixed up, so go to your favorite bank and set up a business bank account.

3. Do I have my business plan set? This is such an important part of the start-up business process. What is the goal of your business? Where do you see your business in 5 years? In 10 years? What sets you apart from your competition? How do you plan on approaching your target market? These answers are all found in your business plan. The hard questions are answered here so you are ready to present it to people that matter. Of course, your business might grow and change as time goes on so make sure you keep updating your business plan accordingly.


Contest No. 1 – Win a Free iPhone Case!

So if you’ve been reading my latest blog posts the month of May has been such a blessed time! I’ve been so fortunate to have been given  all these gifts, I thought I’d spread the love. So, we’re going to be giving away some free stuff (and who doesn’t like free stuff)!

Let’s kick off your summer with our first giveaway! We’re going to giveaway a Durable Case on June 10th! Enter for a chance to win one of our designer iPhone cases: Bold Stripe, Chevron, Controller, Geoshapes, Houndstooth, Native, Ombre , and  Primary Triangles (coming soon). Sorry Sweets, custom cases aren’t included in this giveaway.

Without further ado, rules to enter (it’s quite simple really!):
1. Like us on Facebook (if you haven’t already)
2. Comment on this blog post about the best thing that happened to you so far this year

Make sure you do BOTH steps to be entered. We’ll announce the winner via our Facebook page on the 10th! Here are some pictures of the cases you can win!

Granada Hills Wedding Invitations – Sergio and Imelda

For my loyal readers (if, in fact, I have any) you’ll remember my old post about Sergio and Imelda’s Save the Dates. Well the days of saving the date have come and gone so quickly. A couple weeks ago, we finished the design for their wedding invitations! Working with these two were amazing. They were easy to communicate with, a pleasure to work with, and are just great people in general! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

Now, for the design! We obviously wanted to go with a similar look and feel as the Save the Dates but my goal was to give it some fresh life and its own personality. I didn’t want the invites to be a boring repeat of what their guests have already seen. So, we went with a bold red for the pocket, the same red for the names, and subtle artwork to accent the design.

Full Invitation Suite

For the invitation card, we wanted to carry through a similar look to the Save the Date cards, so we went with the same right alignment with the same fonts for their names and body text.

Invite Card

To balance the heavy amount of text on the right, we added some art on each left corner to add some personality and weight.

Invite Card

Sergio and Imelda had some requirements on their RSVP card, and I think we were able to design them nicely. We went with a left alignment of the type for an easy read and balanced the heading with artwork in the same shade.


The thing I love most about their suite? The contrast of color! Between the creams and reds, they had such a rich and warm color palette. I love when clients aren’t scared of adding vibrant colors!