It never fails to amaze me how much work it is to run a business by yourself. I am so immensely grateful for the support and advice of friends and family, and I am eternally grateful to my perpetually patient and encouraging spouse (for letting me destroy our basement as I reconfigured the Paper tiger studio last week), because running Paper Tiger would be impossible without that support. I think a lot of businesses like mine (especially in the craft and “lifestyle” industry) often try to make our work look effortless – you come here for fun, after all, not to read about the office-job side of running a creative business. We’re about celebrating the beauty. But the truth is there’s a ton of work – so much work – that goes on behind and the scenes and so much of it is very, very business-y. January has brought a lot of that to the forefront this year – from filing business taxes, which I do every January, to new challenges like adjusting to the new EU VAT rules which went into effect on the first of the year.
I think I’m almost out of the admin black hole, but a few relevant updates:
– I’ve configured Paper Tiger pattern sales to EU customers via Ravelry with the system that Casey has so wonderfully set up with Loveknitting. EU customers, please let me know if you run into any issues trying to purchase patterns!
– Paper Tiger has joined Kollabora, and I’m in the process of getting all the Paper Tiger knitting patterns up. I love that it’s an all-around creative community! You can find the Paper Tiger page here.
– I’ve started working on my pattern release schedule for the late winter/spring. I have a bunch of stuff that’s been simmering on the back burner and I’m looking forward to getting it out!
– I’ve also put together my preliminary schedule for tutorial posts. I’m hoping to start posting tutorials once a week, beginning next week with tips for combatting tight colorwork.
All that said, 2015 is off to a fantastic start around here and I hope the same goes for you!