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Putting My Plans Together
I’m getting my plans all together for what needs to be done to be an official business after the new year. It’s kind of exciting. It’s also a bit tedious on the front end.
I made all my forms for my art pieces to document the time involved, the precise items and design resources used, etc. That was boring as fuck. And I filled them out for the pieces I have made this year and I’ve already found some problems so I’ll have to update them before the first of the year.
First up is to talk to our accountant and be sure I’m setting it up as the right type of business. Then, go register that shiny new business. After I get the paperwork back for that, get a new bank account. Then, insurance (blah). Finally, set up new website. And somewhere in there I probably need to get QuickBooks and learn how to use it? Maybe. I feel like I’m much more inclined to throw all the bills and receipts in a stinky old box and pay someone else to do the hard work on the financial side. If I have to do it I’m going to get hung up on every definition of every term and totally overthink everything. Every. Thing. Then, I will ultimately get so overwhelmed that I’ll end up taking it to a professional anyways….at the last minute….which will cause more stress and overwhelm. No thanks. Let’s just avoid that mess!
And all of that while still making art. I know to some people this is probably not even a thing. To me, this is huge and intimidating. And why in the hell is there so much conflicting information online about opening a business?! I just want the facts, people. For my state preferably, but at this point I’d take a vague overview that makes sense. I think most small business owners don’t answer these questions or give advice is that they still don’t know what the fuck is going on either. They just took the blind leap anyway. They don’t understand this crap any better than I do. I need this to make sense to me or I’m going to feel out of control of my finances…..and I’m a money worrier, so being out of control is NOT going to be okay for long.
And despite all the dread and overwhelm, underneath all that I’m still excited. Why? Because I am not content to play hobbyist. I’m not content to play small. My adult life has been totally consumed by being a parent, or the struggle of financially supporting tiny humans as a single parent. This is literally the first time in my adult life where I can put my wants and needs ahead of that for a moment now that two of the kids are “adults” and the youngest is quite self-sufficient as far as not needing my attention 24/7. It helps that my husband makes enough money and that he is SUPER supportive of my creative endeavors.
Me: I want to spend $1000 on paint and gold leaf so I can learn to paint and gild on glass in reverse.
Husband: Okay. Why in reverse?
That’s his only level of support–100% all the way. He will ask questions, but he never doubts anything and he will always take time to step into the studio to see what fantastical creation I want to show him on any given day. And he always has something good to say, sometimes it will even give him ideas so we can improve my creation. That’s teamwork, folks.