Hands up if you've ever lost track of some of your business expenses, forgotten to send an invoice, or had to pay interest or a penalty because you made an error on your source deductions or didn't send your quarterly payment on time.

Here's us: 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

And here's a message Kat recently received from her sister:

Text message: "Gets taxes organized early/Thinks her shit is together/Owes a little money (expected)/Gets home and realizes we forgot almost $2500 in expenses... facepalm emoji"

In other words, it's totally normal to not be on top of everything with your bookkeeping and tax prep. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try! If you've got questions or are looking for tips on staying organized all through the year, drop by our live event tomorrow with bookkeeper Jayne Dykstra, who's here to save us all. And if you can't make it but you do have questions, hit reply and let us know – we'll add yours to the list.

Plus, keep an eye on the home page for our upcoming story that includes a downloadable expenses checklist to help you find all the writeoffs, and an interview with cross-stitch superstar Diana Watters on her latest kits.

Yours in making,

Co-founders Corinna vanGerwen and Kat Tancock

Text: "Expert Q&A: Taxes for craft businesses with bookkeeper Jayne Dykstra. March 10th, 3 pm EST"

Live Q&A: Your Tax Questions, Answered

Come with your questions about tax deductions, organizing receipts, filing taxes, useful software and more. Jayne will also walk us through her recommended steps for staying on top of your books year-round, so you don’t have to scramble every April.

Event date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Location: Virtual; registered attendees will receive a Zoom link to join
Admission: $12; free for paid members


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• Last weekend Corinna went to local crafter's paradise The Workroom on a mission to spend her gift certificate. While there, the incredibly helpful staff introduced her to Sherri Lynn Wood's work and the concept of improv quilting. Corinna is now halfway through stiching together the topside of her very first quilt ever, combining her purchased fabric with repurposed shirts that her kid wore as a toddler.


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