when i know a lot of people don’t and I am grateful for it. also i have raised my prices decently 4 years ago
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having a wretched bad streak here, many mistakes, broken things and am very demoralized. I have serious doubts about my ability to be a business person 4 years ago
didn’t owe too much, good to get em done.
having the new office is so much better.
my theory with all the dreadful news is to focus
on what I need to do, then worry after that, since I always have something I CAN do, I guess I won’t get around to worrying. Also there are so many cool free creative things to do, in a way it’s good to have an excuse to do them. Just for the record, I have good work right now. 4 years ago
I turned in my tax information today!!!!! oh my god, this is the earliest ever. I did last year’s in november. it feels great. learned all about my corporation duties, kinda complicated, but supposed to be good for my business. I bid on a job I think I will get today! got a deposit on a job that I thought I lost today. I really needed the money NOW too! have an interview for another job tomorro! doing a beautiful project in my studio today too. really grateful. 5 years ago
helped my son move into his new place today, enormous fun! I usually spend a lot of money on him and it hard because I really want to. so today we scored big at the salvation army , a couch , a love seat, a bed with box springs for 4 dollars!! really. big sale. the whole rest of the day whenever we’d make some little 5 dollar purchase we’d crack up and say “you can get 2 couches and a bed for less than this”. second hand stuff can be cool, and it’s recycling. so it is also cool to find ways to have fun without crazy spending. 5 years ago
entering a full years worth of business, it is pretty good but I got stuck on one part, I have a bookkeeper on wed, so she will help, I can still finninsh entering without reconciling. this is the earliest I have ever done it, so that is good 5 years ago
am in the process of getting better insurance for myself and my son. it is huge because I have been spending up to half of my income for medical expences for several years, very stressful.
Also am getting a new (hopefully way better) quote on car insurance. doing it with a decent attitude too! 5 years ago
prepare and pay my taxes before April 1- 08
1. reconcile checkbook by Jan 15-08
2. 10- 99”s by jan 20-08
3. Learn to do my regular bookwork by myself in Jan 08 5 years ago
I sold a sculpture through a gallery yesterday. yippee, even tho I only get half the money , it inspires me to know someone pays the big bucks for my work. 5 years ago
I delivered a beautiful set of lamps for a bedroom today. they also have a lot of my other work and treat me with wonderful respect. I analised the price and did this one mostly exactly right! this is the lamp without the shade. the hands in this one are modeled from my assistant, the pair I turned in are from my hands,which is kinda cool 5 years ago
we created a will this weekend. it was a surprising beautiful process for me.(who’d a thought). it is because I just found out I was not included as a heir in my late father’s will (not really surprised, but one last hurt). we decided not to do that to our kids- no matter how their lifes go , they are ours just by virtue of breathing. It made me feel more like family than ever (ours is blended which can be tricky). It is good to be committed to each other out loud. We will let the kids know at christmas so they won’t wonder or have unanswered questions. I think taking care of these litle loose ends will free me up in other ways. I do feel more peaceful than I have in a long time. 5 years ago
I am so in the thick of examining my struggle with valuing myself, so I am really proud of today. i did a bid based on a way more realistic value of my work. it feels really good. I hope I get the job. also did some interesting processing around feeling hurt about being treated wrongly. it took me a bit to get that this hurtfulness was not mine and i could just give it back. that felt good too, i am glad i figured it out relatively fast. 5 years ago
I just finished analizing my latest project and it turns out I paid my assistant more per hour than I got, and I also have my building expenses to think about. It is very important for me to have figured out this information, but the school of hard knocks is getting me down. I will be able to look whoever in the eye and raise my prices substantially now. I do have one more bid out that i will have to finnish at the sadly cheap price tho. Maybe there is some way to raise that one up? I don’t have much work right now and now I see that as a blessing, so my slate will be clear to raise my prices. I am nervous about not having any work at all tho. I know that all my projects weren’t priced this badly so it is not the end of the world but I hope all this struggle pays off soon. my son lost his financial aid for college so He will either have to do loans or quit for a year. that could be good so he could focus on what he might have as a career goal. I started my money journal, it is helping me know where the money is going. now that I think about this if I can make these changes and still have work I should have a very good next year. Just feel a little stupid for not figuring this out sooner. I am getting some accupuncture later , will help me relax and stay healthy 5 years ago
I just finished my 3rd week preloading packages for UPS. so the 2nd week I got a small paycheck for the 1st week (only 3 days) now this week I am being paid for that 2nd full week. I was anxious to see what a full weeks pay would be. I thought maybe $375.00 (which is still pretty awful for the work I am doing, I was thinking the insurance would be the thing)Anyway I got $211.00. I am severely demoralised by this. I figure I walked 35 miles that week and lifted 10,000 lbs (conservately)for what works out to be $6.36 take home pay. with the insurance beni which I would get in a month i would be earning 14 per hour(maybe). the hours are also a blessing and a curse, it is from 2 till 9 am so I am home to run my art business during the day (except not yesterday when I had a meltdown and slept and cried a lot of the day). I am thinking I would be better off to get some other corporation job like the grocery store full time but am not sure if I would have to abandon my art buiness. I also really need to pay down my debt. I have an assitant I really like and don’t want him to lose his job either. I am not in a very good space to make decisions, I think I will have to chill some. I have to decide if I am going to quit this monday or stick it out 3 more weeks to get a bonus of $400.00. Is it worth it? My pride hates to be a quitter, my body and soul hates to self abuse. I have lost weight and am really strong physically, my fingers are all beat up and my arms ache a lot, I am wildly humbled by how hard people are working to survive. 5 years ago
paid my 06 taxes ! (late) glad to have it done , now I need to pay my accountant and my 07 quarterlies (all on credit so I will have to pay that back later) yikes. 5 years ago
I am keeping track of how long it takes me to do each job (so I can see if I bid them right, I am self employed). It actually helped me up the price on one I just finished because I could actually see how much time I put into it. It is my goal to follow the progress on every job I do in this way. Also to get 3-4 actual billable hours in each day. and probably 1-2 cleanup-bookwork hours in too. 5 years ago
I got the part-time job I wanted. I am looking forward to the opportnity. This has helped me also shift some of my attitudes about taking care of myself and having more self respect. 5 years ago
Months ago I had a woman come to my door wanting to do a financial profile/advice meeting with me. I told her I thought she was really wasting her time as I have no savings and a lot of debt. She said that’s ok, I can still work with you (for free) so I set the appointment a for last monday. It was great, just having some moral support and a coach is awesome. I set goals to get a will and new insurance by the 1st of the year. As a total aside she told me about a part time job for UPS that has phenomenal benifits. I am applying mostly for the insurance and extra money to pay off my debts. My husband wondered if my new attitude about money had anything to do with my dad dying (last week). I hadn’t thought of it , but I see now that I have a chance for change , maybe in more directions than this. I let go of a lot of fear around that relationship and maybe this is the new energy that was freed. I feel god working in my life so much right now, so as I look back over this entry I chuckle and think maybe that financial advisor is god. 5 years ago
goal this year is to have a thriving business and really enjoy taking care of myself in this way. I want to pay bills on time and taxes on time and have a good schedule for the monthly and quarterly tasks. I would like to be able to look ahead and plan for prosperity. 5 years ago