I’m still a long way from “opening up shop,” so to speak. I’m painting and finding out about printers in the area who might be a good fit for my painting reproduction needs. The painting is fun, and I generally feel like I’m making progress on the printing situation. The technology makes sense, and I understand why certain papers and printing techniques are more expensive and thus more valuable. I get that.
The problems do start with the printing though. Even though it makes sense to me on a general level, all of that printer stuff means tons of cost/benefit analysis. Do I need my paintings to be able to stand up to UV rays and fluorescent lighting for 200 years? Or can I go with the less expensive but still nice options that will stand up to the test of time for about, oh, 50 years? Will people value a reasonable price over archival quality? What in the world am I doing?!
But today (with those questions and more swimming around in the background), I worked on conquering a bunch of things that I didn’t even see on the horizon until very recently. I got an Employer Identification Number from the IRS (even though it’s borderline unnecessary for my exact situation, there are potential perks to having an EIN). I registered my business with a start date of next month with the Virginia tax folks. I found out the state and local tax rates and set up my online shop to accommodate those taxes. I signed up for an account that gathers my sales numbers from Etsy to help me report monthly taxes in the future.
I had a mini panic attack while doing all of those things. I recovered a bit when I submitted information to the right folks. I sighed loudly. Peanut sighed sympathetically (also loudly).
So that’s where things stand. I’m so glad to have the first steps of the business side of things behind me. I also feel like I need a drink, but it’s noon-ish, so I’ll have some coffee instead.