Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

Sunday, December 02, 2007

I finally got around to sending out a newsletter this week. If you haven't signed up for my CSE newsletter, you can at http://www.creativelyselfemployed.com/. It felt good to put the newsletter out. I can't believe it's nearly a year since the book was released. No, the results haven't been as great as I wanted, but I am certainly pleased that a) I wrote a freaking book, and b) people are buying it, and c) it's actually helping them!

One of the articles I posted was this, and I figured it was worth sharing again:

Year-End Preparations for Creatives

As the year comes to a close, it's important to tie up your loose ends. Here are some tips to get 2007 organized and prepare for success in 2008!

Start filing. Put together all of the receipts for 2007 and get all of your tax information into one folder. Organize client files and clean out documents you don't need. If you manage information online, clean up 2007 files and plan for 2008. Purchase your 2008 planner if you use one.

Determine deductions. Remember to deduct things like gasoline or office supplies, depending on local tax laws. Know what you can--and can't--deduct. Put everything aside with your 2007 tax file. Hopefully you have an accountant who can help you determine what can be deducted, and who can give you tips on organizing better for 2008.

Set goals. What worked and what didn't in 2007? What would you like to do in 2008? Start creating lists and goals and prioritize what you'd like to do. This is a vital step for creatives!! Dream away and plan steps to make things happen!

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