I'll be completely honest. Being a small business owner sucks. I have no fucking idea what the hell I'm doing. I got all my yearly renewal crap from the State. More stupid forms to fill out including the tax return. Deb's helping me, since she does our books & firm returns. Where I tear open the household bills and bank statements before I even have my shoes off, I have to force myself to open the TB, LLC bank statements and credit card bill. It's a chore. I dread it.
I made a few sales on Etsy and I made the mistake of not transferring the money from my Paypal account to the biz bank account after every sale. I did not realize this until recently, when I actually did go to make the transfer. There was way, way less money than should have been from my sales. Then it hit me: Whenever I use my Paypal account to purchase something online, they deduct the money from my payments-received balance!!! It never occurred to me that the money would be comingled. Now I have to pay back the biz account a couple hundred $$. It's not a big deal and I still have plenty of Xmas bonus money to use, but it was a discovery I wish I'd made a few months ago. It was just frustrating b/c then I had to print out my entire Paypal history from the summer to the present and figure out sales receipts vs. purchases made by me. Have I mentioned that numbers, math and accounting are reeeeally not my thing? I'm the artist goddamn it!! NOT the beancounter!!! Just leave me out of it and let me make the jewelry and shoot pictures of it! I don't have the time for, or the interest in, bookkeeping.
And that's another thing. I am still running into the problem of not being able to resize my photos to 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels. Joe did a ton of resizing and zooming in for me last fall so that I could get things up and running, but I can't ask him to do that for me every single time I want to upload new products. So I don't know what to do or what to buy software-wise, and I'm getting wicked frustrated by this. There are so many photo sharing sites and so much software. How the hell do I know what's the right one for my needs? I don't need bells and whistles. All I wanna do is resize the friggin things, you know? So if anyone out there has any ideas, please let me know. Everything's come to a grinding halt b/c if I can't resize the pics, then I'm not going to make new items to shoot pics OF. I've drifted off into the world of altered art and back into the world of beaded cross stitch, so my jewelry supplies are just sitting there.
So this now snowballs from all that right into: If I'm not making anything new and everything is just 'status quo', then there's no point in killing myself advertising my Etsy store. If I don't advertise, no one will shop there and I won't make any money.
Frankly, I do not need this extra stress and turmoil. I have enough on my plate without this on top of all the other major issues and stress. With the heart disease that runs in my family, I cannot believe that I haven't had a heart attack yet. Either I'm really strong, or I'm in massive denial. So just call me Cleopatra, Queen of Denial.
Like I said, I'm completely open to suggestions or advice. I'm all for DIY and all, but this really is becoming more trouble than it's worth.