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In Topic: The Hourly Earnings Project: A Follow-Up

27 January 2015 - 11:46 PM

Well I thought I was done processing all of my thoughts about this, but I was wrong. I've updated the blog post, with the new paragraphs highlighted. Some of my new thoughts grew out of this forum thread ...



In Topic: Pregnancy And Working In The Studio?

25 January 2015 - 12:04 PM

I've had a few pregnant pottery students, they all kept at it until a few weeks before giving birth. Some of them switched to a stand-up wheel when their bellies got too big to sit down and lean over. Some of them were avid wood-firers, so I recommended they avoid the shift that included salt glazing, and their classmates were happy to help them avoid too much heavy lifting, but otherwise they fully participated. The harder part is after the baby is born, when the new mom has a lot less free time and energy.

In Topic: Reasonable Fee For An Accountant?

25 January 2015 - 08:54 AM

My tax returns cost about $500. For that fee I can call my accountant and ask questions for free throughout the year. When I first became self-employed, he set up my Quickbooks file and trained me how to use it, no charge. This might be an even more valuable service, because once you know how to keep records properly, the tax prep is not too bad.

In Topic: First Wholesale Show

22 January 2015 - 10:52 PM

In my early days of wholesaling, I tried to show all the options. Not only is it not what the galleries want, it can lead to production headaches for you. What impresses galleries is a really well-edited line of work. Yes they only buy what's on the line sheet, so make sure your line sheet looks sharp.

Remember that buyers are going to look at hundreds of booths in a few days. Don't make them work too hard to figure out your line.

Good luck!

In Topic: Community Challenge Idea

21 January 2015 - 11:11 AM

I think signifying one or three people to post these entries will be a lot of work for them. The forum has moderators who volunteer as well. I think a possible separate topic for a monthly challenge could be done but it would need a moderator (High Bridge) And who knows what kind of spam you'd get posting.I just try to look at all sides. If this is a challenge for Forum members, then it should be here, no?The American Ceramics Society hosts this forum for us. Maybe we could ask an administrator if this would be a possibility.It could be archived quarterly for reference and started anew for the next quarter challenge.Maybe subjects for the challenge could be pulled from a virtual hat.Marcia

We mods/admins are envisioning the Challenge taking place in the "In The Studio" section of the forum. If any spam appears within challenge threads, we mods will zap it as usual. But otherwise the Challenge will be run entirely by users. If you want to include voting, you can do that with Topic Polls, or with the Like buttons.