October 25, 2011

Money – It’s not a Dirty Word!

Wallet by LolaFalkDesigns

Last week, I was speaking to a crafter who sells on Etsy. I asked her how she manages her money. Her response may sound familiar: “Oh, yuck! I’m not a corporate type – I don’t pay attention to that stuff.”

In my job working with Etsy sellers at Outright.com, I see this happening again and again – many crafters don’t want to think or worry about money. It is scary to them and is something they avoid.

Yet, knowing where you are spending and making money in your business is critical to making a crafting business work. By keeping an eye on your finances, you can make decisions about what expenses to cut, how much to charge customers, when you can afford to invest more in your business, and what products you should be selling.

It doesn’t have to be scary and it doesn’t have to be avoided. In fact, paying attention to your business’ money situation can be rewarding and helpful. If you simply pay attention to two things: 1. Where is your business spending money and 2. Where is your business making money, it can mean the difference between a great business that supports your lifestyle versus needing to close down shop to take a “corporate” job. (And, who wants to do that?)

So, don’t avoid your money situation – take a small amount of time each week to take a quick look how you are doing financially. Your business will thank you.

About the Author:
Laura Messerschmitt is the Vice President of Marketing at Outright, a free online accounting software for small businesses. She loves helping the self-employed and small businesses to be more successful and grow their businesses.


Simone said...

That is a really good reminder. As a maker it's always very tempting to just forget about the incidental expenses along the way that never get jotted down and start accumulating without ever being accounted for.

Sara said...

I am so excited for this series of postings. Finance is so important for crafters with a business! Thanks NewNew!