December 2012 Balance Sheet & Yearly Review

The first year of any microbusiness is a bit rocky and I had my expectations set a tad high, but I think 2012 was a good learning experience. If nothing else, I got a much better handle on how Newport News expects me to behave and staying on the right side of tax law is a bonus!

Since the only thing that happened in December was the paying of Etsy Fees ($0.60) and the income that Smashwords is going to theoretically pay my someday ($11.29)… I’m going to skip the monthly sum-up and roll right into the yearly reckoning. (more…)

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November 2012 Balance Sheet

November 2012

November was a wash, but I’d been expecting that due to National Novel Wiriting Month. Unfortunately the lack of income paired up nicely with a whole flurry of bills, so I’m deeper into the red that I had planned to be at this point.

But on a good note, I now have an official business computer (Chromebook) and the City of Newport News can tax a real $250 computer instead of an imaginary $3,000 one. *mutter* (more…)

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October 2012 Balance Sheet

October 2012

Another month without sales, but with two more eBooks finished, so it wasn’t a total wash. I need to sit down and get the rest of the monthly eBooks caught up and post some of the new horses to Etsy.

And win National Novel Wiriting Month of course. πŸ˜‰

Actually the NaNoWriMo novel for this year is the rough draft of a novella that I’m hoping to serialize next year starting in January, so it a much more focused effort than past years. *pokes draft* I’ll be posting it as an eBook as well, so that folks can read it all at once if they’d rather.

Anywho, onto the carnage! (more…)

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September 2012 Balance Sheet

September 2012

I finally got an eBook done! (And that seriously deserves a few dozen more exclamation points, but I’m trying to be good. … !!!)

But since it’s the first eBook, I threw it up with a coupon so that folks could download it for free until October, which will hopefully let me get any formatting errors straightened out. (I’ve got a post in the wings on that whole song and dance, but I’m still hammering out the flaws.)

Once again, I’ve ended up in the red, but I’ve still got time to reverse the bleeding… (more…)

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August 2012 Balance Sheet

August 2012

Finally another month in the black, woo! πŸ˜€

Of course it’s for a sale made last month (Little Miss Margins), but the payment took a long and winding route through the old USPS so things got a bit delayed.

Still, that’s yet another horse galloping off to new shelves and while I’m glad to see her go I’m so happy she’s found someone who loves her as much as I do! *pats her sales herd fondly* (more…)

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July 2012 Balance Sheet

July 2012

July was a bit of a nothing month, mostly because of the fact that work was a little crazy and life outside work was a bit worse. I did get out the last of the show donations, so that’s one thing off my endless To-Do List.

As always, I need to start putting more time an energy into marketing (and getting the eBooks done), but I have a feeling that’s going to be the song and dance for this year.

Ah well, learning curves are rarely exponential, so back to the grind! πŸ˜‰ (more…)

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June 2012 Balance Sheet

June 2012

Another month down, another horse sold! πŸ˜€

I’ve now broken into three digits for income for the year, not quite where I wanted to be halfway through the year, but better than last year. (Anything’s always better than nothing. πŸ˜‰ )

Since I’ve reached the half-way mark for this year it’s time to start looking forward and planning out what to do with the next six months. I’m still drawing a blank on the eBook shelves and I’d love to be able to add those to the Income column! (more…)

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May 2012 Balance Sheet

Year to Date - May 2012

May might not have been the best month in terms of income, but it was pretty darned good in terms of publicity.

I finished two show donations (Big Orange Bash and Sweet Onion Live) that were well received and am waiting on the third body. I got in a custom order request that I’m waiting to bill on since it’s a) a dapple grey and b) a resculpt and I’m not sure where it in the learning curve I am right now for either of those.

I’ve got a lot of ‘works in progress’ that should finish off in June, so the store shelves (and the MH$P listing rotations) will fill out nicely. If I’m lucky I’ll end up with 31 horses done and a Camp NaNoWriMo win too boot! πŸ˜‰ (more…)

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