Howdy, I’m fairly new to reddit but here it goes. I’m a teen, under 18, and i’ve been recently thinking about starting a business. Money is of absolute no concern, I have a side job which I work part time so making money is not as important as labeling my brand.
I come here because I was thinking about clothing, in particular street wear. I am an ambitious person and enjoy the competitive nature of business so I thought I could put it to use on my own terms. Unfortunately my artistic abilities are poor but my business abilities are better.
I understand the basics, where it’s better I establish an LLC and do things under the name of the company etc, but I just had some questions since this is nothing more than an idea.
I was wondering the legalities of taking a clip art design, let’s say off of google, and putting it on my own shirts (assuming I read the website, it says I can use it). If not that, can I commission a friend who’s good at drawing to make something for me, I pay him in cash, and leave it at that? Because I am aware I cannot go into a legal contract as I am still under 18.
No app does it all – but luckily for us non-tech people, you can tie apps together and end up with truly useful automations. The four platforms I've been able to find that help tie stuff together are:
- Zapier (the most common one)
- Integromat (very similar to Zapier but a bit more visual)
- Parabola (specifically useful for moving data)
- IFTTT (mostly for hardware, like Amazon Alexa, Ring, etc.)
I didn't really test IFTTT (Which stands for If This Then That) – as I don't own much smart home stuff, but it seems like they have a series of pre-built recipes to tie your smart home hardware together.
But the two main ones are Zapier and Integromat. These things are crazy.
As an example, let's say I run a blog, and I use Webflow/WordPress to host it.
Let's say I often don't have access to my laptop, but the submission process for my blog articles on Webflow/WordPress only works on desktop. With a tool like Zapier, I could connect something more mobile-friendly like Google Forms to my Webflow/WordPress site, and actually write and submit my blog articles from Google Forms.
Then, let's say I have a newsletter on Mailchimp that I use to notify my audience when I post a new blog article. Usually, I fill in a template and copy-paste the summary info from the blog article into the email, and schedule it for the upcoming Monday. However, with that same Google Form, I could have a series of inputs that cover all the information needed in the newsletter, then send it out directly after I submit the form.
My whole blog/newsletter process has now been compressed into one single form that I don't even need my laptop to use.
That's a super basic example, but it shows how powerful these tools can be. I eventually want to get to the point where I can create fully functional products out of a subset of smaller apps.
Another common use case is connected databases to front ends. So, for instance, if I had a google sheet with data I wanted to display on my website, I could do that through Zapier. Connect Google Sheet data to Webflow or Wix collection items, and it's done. The updates won't be completely live, but they'll be close.
I would love to hear more use cases for this – obviously, mine are relatively simple – any ideas? Any stories you've heard?
Also, I wrote this based on a live stream I did, where we messed around with all the above tools – let me know if you wanna see the highlights. 🙂
First step I’m trying to figure out is what kind of business license I need. I offer creative services and want to sell art merch online and at markets. I know I need a business license for buying wholesale stuff, and I’m trying to figure out what licenses I need to operate in Washington State and City of Seattle, as well as offering services globally online. I’ve done stuff under the table while starting out, so anybody have advice on where to start becoming legit?
Hi guys, I am soon launching a tool that helps Amazon sellers use text marketing.
This is a very regulated and controversial topic, and I believe that I need to hire a lawyer to write up my TOS and legal policies, which may be super expensive. I have the ability to pay this amount, but I am not sure whether the product is going to be well received or just a total failure. How bad will it be to launch the mvp and add the legal stuff later on?