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This time of year seems especially boring after the myriad of festivities during the holiday season.  The only thing to think about during these cold days is…taxes.

But wait – doing tax work this time of year makes things less boring for me.  I’ve been getting my business spreadsheets perfected so I can submit the 2015 sales taxes due now, and also submit the numbers to my tax man (Husby).  Comparing income and expenses inspires me to get ready for the 2016 craft season.  I want to organize Craftland.  It’s time to order supplies.  It’s time to build inventory.  It’s a new page in the continuing adventures of Auntie B.

So what if it’s cold outside?  I don’t have to go outside to melt wax.  So what if I’m snowed in?  As long as I have bottle caps I’ll have plenty to do inside.

Taxes?  They’re an inevitable pain.  Winter?  It’s cold and dark and colorless.  Lots of people curse both taxes and wintertime, but both motivate me to get going on a new year of crafting.  I guess that’s what people refer to as the silver lining.

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January.  It’s the month I have to think about numbers and spreadsheets and…taxes.  I spent most of Saturday playing with my very specific spreadsheets, making sure they were accurate, so I could print them out for my accountant (Husby).  I also had to make my sales tax submissions to two states, a task that makes me nervous and sweaty every single year.  It’s not that I don’t think I’m doing it correctly, but I’m always a little concerned about making the whole online submission thing work right.  Well, I got my spreadsheets turned in and my sales taxes submitted so I felt pretty good; kind of like a real, live business person.

It’s been a couple of months now since I actively worked on making product.  Lately I’ve been feeling like it just isn’t worth the trouble.  The thought of starting up production again, just the thought, made me bored.  But working with my spreadsheets and seeing the sales I made and where I made them got the fire burning again.  I like what I do, and it’s fun to make what I make.  Over a glass of wine Husby and I started brainstorming about how I can grow my business into other directions and make it more profitable.  Not only is Husby my roadie and accountant, he’s also full of great ideas and inspirations!

January usually starts out as a drudgery for me business-wise, thinking here I go again, doing the same old thing over and over and over.  But when I realize what is and what could be, my motivation and enthusiasm starts up all over again.

Take a look at my shop and let me know what you might like to see listed there.  I’m always open to new ideas.  There will be some new drink charms on the way, and maybe even some candle accessories.  I also have a different plan for marketing my bottle cap magnets.  Be sure to stay tuned, because 2014 might produce some pretty fun suff.

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During the last week or so I’ve been working on the business taxes, my eyes getting tired from looking at the grids of my spreadsheets and wishing every state had the same method of submitting taxes online.  Some sites are much easier to navigate that others.

With such a deep inspection of the business numbers and the sales activities of 2012 I naturally get eager to start the new year of production.  I also wonder what new things I can offer to my adoring public not only to satisfy them, but also to make the new year even more lucrative than the last.

I was commissioned to make a special set of drink charms and with my customer’s permission I’ve decided to take her idea to the public.  Tell me what you think…

Of course this is a display of the images only and not the charms themselves.  I hope they appeal to fashionistas everywhere.  I’ve got a few charms up for sale in my shop and these will be a nice addition, don’t you think?

I also have some ideas for votive cups and candle hurricanes that will take a little developing.  It won’t be long before I get back into Craftland and start creating.

Another thing I’ve been up to is designing new business cards.  The design is a little more in tune with my “brand” and has the same look as my blog and my Etsy banner.  Check it out…

It’s not horribly imaginative and I forgot to include my little tagline, but it has every contact source I have, so there’s no excuse for anyone not being able to get in touch with me or keeping up with the latest happenings at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.

Not only that, I put in an order for my copy of Midwest Art Fairs which should arrive early next month.  I’ll spend a lot of time going through that to get an idea of what shows I’d like to apply to in addition to my usual favorites.  I’m hoping to do one or two more shows this year compared to last and may also cut some shows out of my repertoire.  Stay tuned by checking in on the 2013 Events tab above.

So, yes, I’m off and running, which always happens during sales tax submission time.  Planning, working, and anticipating make the winter months so much fun!

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