Quote Originally Posted by scarygoat View Post
I figured there would be different problems with asking $2 per person, but when we talked to the sheriff she said it would be alright as long as we weren't looking to make a profit and I think it helped that we were just doing it on Halloween. I mean I'm sure technically it wasn't, but no one really told us otherwise and we talked to a few people including someone at the permit office.

The "make a profit" thing doesn't matter; that's just semantics or splitting hairs. You are making money and that makes you a business.

If you did this long enough to pay off your props, or if you could have built them cheap enough to begin with, then you would be making a profit. You and your accountant are the only ones who would know when you are making a profit so that isn't a good standard or even a good term to use.