Category: Microbusiness

I’ve moved from a true microbusiness to a hobby, but I’m still having fun crunching numbers to find material costs, looking into various marketing ideas, and other things business related. Older posts deal with taxes, and who knows, maybe in the future I’ll start the business up again!

  • March Stablemate Body Replacement Costs

    This is an update to the prices that I calculated back in January. I’ve added a per set section as well as the per mold section (to help clean up the clutter) and included the S&H charges into the per mold totals. There hasn’t been any change between the two months that I can see, […]

  • February 2012 Balance Sheet

    February… was pretty much a wash. I only got a few horses done, did pretty close to zero marketing, and basically only have the Etsy traffic improvements to show for it (lots of favorites, no sales). Since I was supposed to be planning my second quarter body order this month—I really need to kick things […]

  • Surviving the ST-9 (Virginia Sales Tax)

    Surviving the ST-9 (Virginia Sales Tax)

    (NOTE: This post was written in 2012 and the tax rates and form appears to have changed significantly since then.) February has arrived and it’s time to do January’s ST-9! Although the Sales Tax payment isn’t due until the 20th, I’ve found it’s always easier to do it on the first when I do all […]

  • January 2012 Balance Sheet

    January wasn’t the best way to start off the year, as you can see below, but I did get the underlying structure of the business settled into place, so it wasn’t a total wash. I have the rest of the year left for things to sort themselves into working order, so there’s lots of room […]

  • Planning for Overhead Costs

    One of the things people often forget when thinking about starting a crafting business is the overhead costs. Overhead costs are those costs not tied directly to a single art or writing project. In a normal brick and mortar business these would be things like rent, utilities, and administrative salaries. They are all bills that […]