Saturday, April 2, 2016

Errands, Bookwork, Snow, and Organizing

This morning I got up much earlier than I wanted to but I paid bills, did budget, and placed an order with our butcher shop - Sorgs.  Ken and I ran out to Sorgs through snow and wind.  After Sorgs and bringing the stuff home, we went to Joann's, Home Depot, and Wendy's.  At Joann's I bought material for gifts I'm making.  Of course I had coupons.  While I spent $29, I saved $32 in the process.

At Home Depot we priced out projects we want to do to the house.  I asked a lot of questions and the people were very helpful.  We picked up what we needed to finish my shelves for the craft room.  On our way home we picked up lunch.

Ken has since finished my shelves.  My next stop will be going to the craft room to organize and put away all my goodies.  For now, I'm working on catching up the checkbook and recording my sales for March.  I've also figured out how to automatically calculate a breakdown of my sales - so by month by vendor by book type - in January from Kindle I sold how many crochet patterns, or novels, etc.

Formulas and I in Excel don't always work.  Stephanie helped me find the right one.  I got it set up, copied and now all I have to do is enter my sales by book and it figures out how to count it.  I can now easily tell which category of book is selling at what percent, percent of sales each month compared to the total annual sales.  I can tell you through which vendor I sell the most books.  Finally I've broken it down by category and vendor.  This should allegedly help me focus my marketing.  I might have to do some graphs to get a better handle on it.

In the last half hour, I've looked out my window and saw blue sky and driving sideways snow.  Welcome to Wisconsin's spring!  Goofy weather.

On to organizing.  I am hoping to make my craft room look much more presentable by the end of the day.  I'm also hoping to have to ask for minimal help from Ken.  However, I shouldn't be moving shelving units around so we shall see how things go.  

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