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What classified someone as a "hobbyist"?

BadGirl

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I usually submit one show per month, sometimes from a cooking show...sometimes from a catalog show. My sales for each submittal is usually above $350. At this point in time, I really don't want to put too much time in to this business, seeing as I don't have a lot of spare time to appropriately devote to it.

Does that make me a hobbyist?

Another thing: it looks like I'll be unable to submit a show for the month of September. Will I burn in hell for it? Will that make me go inactive? What are the ramifications of not submitting a September show.

For what it's worth, I already have two shows book for October.
 

NooraK

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I would think it depends who you are asking. Your Director or HO may have a different definition than the IRS. My understanding (and I'm no expert) is that the IRS wants to see a profit within 3 years to consider your business a real business.

From a consultant perspective, I would personally think of a hobbyist as someone who doesn't have a consistent income each month. If you consistently have an income every month, even if it's $200-300, I'd consider that part-time.
 

chef131doreen

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You will not burn in hell , yes you would be called a hobbyist and that's fine
you have 6 months of not putting in 150.00 in sales then you would have to rebuy your kit, So it's ok to miss a month Iwould atleast try to get in 150 each month ........ Catalog shows really help at least you know a show is going in That's the beauty of Pamperedchef
 

BethCooks4U

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You will not burn in hell , yes you would be called a hobbyist and that's fine
you have 6 months of not putting in 150.00 in sales then you would have to rebuy your kit, So it's ok to miss a month Iwould atleast try to get in 150 each month ........ Catalog shows really help at least you know a show is going in That's the beauty of Pamperedchef

This is true. but if you skip 2 months (less than $150 in sales per month) you lose your lifetime sales toward your 2% raise. Sounds like you are doing over $300 consistantly so you are on your way. Don't lose your progress if you can help it.

While it's a GOOD idea to ALWAYS submit $150+ every month, nothing will happen if you skip one month. ...well, except you won't get a paycheck for that month.
 

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