I’m looking to August to be the catchup, clean up, organize, get ahead of the game month.
First up. Finances!
Before I left my corporate job I saved and saved and planned and planned. I socked money away wherever I could. I made sure to do the high cost house maintenance jobs while I still had a reliable income etc etc.
And it worked! I left corporate land feeling good……and that’s when I dropped the ball.
Well, not so much “dropped the ball” as “let the ball slide slowly to the floor and roll away while I thought about other things.”
I’ve always been good with money in that I’ve always saved it and been
cheap frugal. I’ve been referred to as someone with “deep pockets and short arms” which is very true. But I’ve never had much of a plan beyond “don’t be poor.”
That is, until I came across this book (the link will take you to Amazon).
It’s a blunt title but it’s the perfect title too.
The authors understand the ups and downs of the freelance world and take you through step-by-step to build that sense of security that comes from having your financial legs under you.
In the first few chapters they help you figure out what it is that you want. I was kind of stunned to realize that, beyond the aforementioned “don’t be poor” I had no idea what I really wanted. The revelations were eye-opening and reinvigorating.
The rest of the book deals (in a very do-able way) with how, exactly, you can meet your goals while working with an unpredictable income.
Whether, like me, you want your handcrafted business to be your full income or if it’s just your side-thing I think this book would be worth a read.
(I am not being compensated for this book plug. In truth, frugal me got it from the library first and only after I’d read it and realized how good it was did I actually buy a copy)
So, that’s the financial side and, next up, the real world side.
I’ve been so pleased with my new workroom. Of course, certain bugs had to be ironed out but, overall it’s made me feel much better, more organized and productive.
The garage/workshop on the other hand……..
I have project after project stacked precariously on top of each other and the Blair Witch Room is even worse (and not just because the things in it are blurry):I know I’ve blogged about this before but this time I mean it! There is a dumpster coming on Monday and I’m going to be ruthless with myself.
It wont end up being magazine-worthy but it will be a huge step in the right direction!
OK. Off to work!