archive: March, 2010

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etsy shop help

well, it’s that time of year again.  time for indie businesses to shed tears over tax forms and grow a few grey hairs.  though many of you may decide to hire a professional to do your taxes, after doing a little homework you may be able to do them yourself, in true diy style. our previous shop help post on separating your finances is a good place to start, do you remember it?

etsy shop help with taxes

wagon wheels

though we may start out on etsy to fuel a hobby, the reality is, as soon as you sell your first item, you’ve become a business.  it’s important to stay organized and file correctly.  to help, etsy has partnered with booking business outright.com to try to make filing taxes for indie businesses a little simpler.

etsy shop help with taxes

printemps

if you’re in the u.s. and are selling on etsy, you must file a schedule c with your income taxes (unless you’ve incorporated).  if you would like to read more on if you qualify as a hobby or a business, outright has a great article called, “business or hobby?“.

etsy shop help with taxes

good karma

the truth is, no matter how much money you make (even if it’s just a little!) you’re still a businessoutright.com simplifies tax forms and hosts everything online which makes the headache of taxes a little less ‘taxing’.  from providing a mileage calculator to deduct your expenses to help with filing for your consultants or contractors, outright is worth any indie owner looking in to.

etsy shop help with taxes

i stand each day by the shore

rather than list them here, i’m going to send you over to etsy to read outright’s top ten tax tips.  it’s helpful and informative and definitely worthy of a read.

etsy shop help with taxes

elise


next i’m going to send you over to jjm finance’s forum post about filing taxes. he provides links to answers on just about every possible tax question you could have.  it’s a great one-stop place to find all the relevant info you may be looking for.  from which forms to fill out to help with deductables to how to contact the irs, it’s got just about everything.

here’s the article:  u.s. tax guide (irs)


etsy shop help with taxes

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honestly, this articles was difficult to write.  as finance and accounting were not my best subjects i would love to hear from you who have success with doing your own taxes.  any experts out there?

xo! bonnie

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flores del sol

arent’t these arrangements beautiful? christina moreno is a professional floral designer and stay-at-home mom.  by combining her love for flowers, vintage pieces and photography, flores del sol is a vision to browse through.  i love all the pops of colors, nature and different textures, and can’t stop looking at those moss clusters!

elsewhere :: {floral shop} {vintage shop} {blog}

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a line of her own

March 2, 2010

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a line of her own

cheetah swirl :: jackrabbit swirl :: bird swirl :: mouse swirl

with all these swirls and curls debbie’s art makes me happy.  you can find just about anything at a line of her own, from a dipper and a lynx, to a frog, an otter and even an ibex.  and, she’s the only gal i’ve come across who can make a skunk and a mouse look perfect for my house. ;)

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katheyl jewelry

March 2, 2010

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Katheyl jewelry i love how katheyl shows us her life experiences through her work.  the orient because she grew up in singapore, nature because she volunteered at a zoo, and whimsy because that’s what she loves.  i think she pulled them all together beautifully in her line of jewelry- all colorful, natural, and whimsical.

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hi everyone!  we’re kicking off this week with a survey and a giveaway! your opinions really mean a lot to me, so i want hear them and get your feedback!  the survey is ten questions long and takes about 5 minutes.  and, it’s completely anonymous, so i want you to be brutally honest (i promise, i can handle it!).

let me know you took the survey by leaving a comment on this post, so i can enter you into the contest! there will be one randomly drawn winner that will receive $50 roost bucks to be used at any three of my etsy shops: home to roost, the kitchen roost or old renewedplus! a 30 minute phone chat with me! but, don’t worry, if you’re shy (like me) it’s totally optional.  but if you have questions for me or want to review your etsy shop or blog, or just want to shoot the breeze, here’s your chance!

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click above to take the survey!

don’t forget- to be entered in the contest, you must leave a comment on this post!

thank you thank you thank you! XxoOoXoO, bonnie

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