Well, this weekend was actually a good one!
The garage sale went MUCH better than we thought it would and we got rid of a ton of large furniture that we were holding onto way too long. I was surprised how many showed just from a free Craigslist ad.
We did our taxes on Sunday. It was a chore! We both got frustrated and thought of giving up, but usually one of us was ready to stick it out, so we pulled each other through. The main problem was I consulted a tax accountant early on in the business, but they really did not tell me anything helpful. I am seriously bummed about that, but we learned. Since I actually do use one room in my house for the business, we claimed it - at $5 a sq ft. (using the easy route). We also claimed the mileage, depreciation on the machines, advertising expenses, and travel expenses (for the conference I went to).
My goodness - depreciation! The best thing ever!
Even though I was in the black for my business this year, it dropped our taxes in an amazing way! Usually, we owe anywhere between $1,500 to over $7,000 depending on the bonus year. We can never predict, so we are always surprised.
So, after 12 years of owing, not being able to claim our kids and stressing - we are getting a return! To the tune of $2,800! It really could not have come at a better time. I could not stop dancing.
One more thing, I am NO LONGER sewing patches! WOOHOO!!! What a load off! I don't have customers calling me all day, showing up whenever, etc. I feel free actually - just free!
With all this good, I have slept - 2 nights in a row, I slept without waking. It feels wonderful!