The next post in my What’s Your Why Not series is Starting a Side Business.

There are many people who have the fantasy of starting their own business and working for themselves. When it came to starting my side hustle, I knew it was never going to be a full time gig. I just hoped for it to be a self-sustaining hobby. What was my side business? Crafts by Cori. There is also an accompanying ETSY page where I list certain items.

Crafts by Cori was a spontaneous brain child that came about when I showed my friend, Melanie, the dishcloths I was making for Christmas gifts. Being an accounting major, I set up Excel spreadsheets to keep track of costs and inventory. From 2010 to 2015, I faithfully did craft shows, calculated my costs, paid my taxes, and all the fun stuff that comes along with running a business.

Last year, I closed down the business as a Legal Entity, but I’m still making knitted items for craft shows to sell. Tax wise, I qualify as a Hobby, which is great because it’s a lot easier to keep track of costs. I keep the Facebook page running to advertise craft shows I participate in.

So what’s my point? What’s my why not when it comes to a side hustle? (A) It gave me the chance to put my accounting knowledge in real life use, especially my Cost Accounting class. (B) I wanted to see if I could make a little bit of money at it. Granted I aimed small, and am perfectly happy having a self-sustaining hobby. (C)

I’ve written about lessons I’ve learned from this business here.

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The second post in my version of Carie Harling’s “What’s Your Why Not” series is about writing a book.

The notebook my latest book was outlined and written in.

I’ve wanted to be a writer and publish a book since I was four years old. I made dozens of little construction paper books about monsters and whatever. Publishing a book had literally been a life long dream.

This post is about writing a book. I hate to say this, but for me, writing the book is the easy part. Editing the book and getting it ready for publication is the hard part. I’ve written a dozen books or so, but only the latest one am I actively editing and working towards publication on.

I’ve always been drawn to writing. I would have notebooks on my desk during school, where I would work on a story or a poem, during class. (I was an A-B student, and could answer the questions when called on by the way.)

I write fiction 90% of the time. My novel writing really took off when I started college. I would spend the time between classes in the library writing. I was also writing two novels at a time: Monday-Wednesday classes had one book, and Tuesday-Thursday classes had another.

This allowed me to write on average a book a semester, and then I would type it up. I write my novels longhand and then type them up. Yes, I know it would save time to just write on the computer, BUT that’s not the way my brain works.

Because of writing longhand, I now have a lovely collection of notebooks, of various sizes and designs, with my original works in them. I take pride in those notebooks.

Story Notebooks pt. 1

Story Notebooks pt. 2

So after that tangent, what’s my why not when it comes to writing a book? I’m compelled to. I have a story in my head that must be told.

What’s Your Why Not?

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This post series: What’s Your Why Not, was inspired by the lovely Carie Harling. She began this series a few years ago, and when I first watched her video about it, I started to think about all the things I’ve chosen to do because I wanted to do them.

Carie recommends answering the question of What’s Your Why Not by thinking about something you want to do because you WANT to do it. Not because you have to or you should.

Some of the Why Not’s I’ll be writing about are: writing a book with the intent to publish; starting a business; my planner collection; taking a Nutritional Anthropology class; going on an archaeological dig; knitting certain things vs. knitting other things.

You can read all about Carie’s WYWN series here.

So…what’s your why not?

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Interesting Blog Posts-October 2015

I started compiling links of blog posts that I wanted to save in case I wanted to reference them again. I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully, you’ll find something interesting to read.

FYI, this post just happen to be all planner related. I will sort into categories as I collect links.

Filofax—Union Jack edition

I sent this to my MIL because she and my FIL used Filos when they worked in Britain. She hinted at trying to find one for me…potential Christmas present?

http://thisbugslife.com/2015/09/28/reveal-of-personal-sized-filofax-union-jack-limited-edition-organiser/

Using a Planner with a Notebook

This post essentially gave me permission to do what I’ve been doing: Day-Timer Portable Malibu in Rose Gold + Mini Flex refillable notebook.

https://weekendwife.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/planner-structure-vs-notebook-freedom/

I bought a planner…now what do I do?

I follow this blog, and I love this post mainly for the title. There are a lot of new planner users who have the exact same thought after they purchase their first planners.

http://www.giftieetcetera.com/2015/10/i-bought-plannernow-what-do-i-do.html

How to Balance Your Time Budget

This post reminded me of when I was in school with a 2 hour commute, and working a part time job. I would differentiate work, school, and travel all with different color highlighters.

http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-balance-your-time-budget/

How to Use a Planner: a guide for new users

This is a wonderful post for beginner planner users.

http://quovadisblog.com/2015/10/how-to-use-a-planner-a-guide-for-new-users/comment-page-1/#comment-759185

5 Easy Steps to Transform a Blank Page into a Planner Page

OMG! I love this post! It’s one of my favorite blog posts. To me, blank paper is the perfect planner insert. So much freedom!

http://www.giftieetcetera.com/2015/10/5-easy-steps-to-transform-blank-page.html

Blogs I Follow & Why

I compiled a list of the 5 main blogs I follow and their respective YouTube channels. I get a lot of good information and inspiration from these bloggers/YouTubers. I hope you enjoy them as well.

  1. http://Twinmommycreations.blogspot.com

Ann Mikeal is a friend of mine, who has a growing business in spinning raw fiber into various yarn weights, dyeing raw fiber, tatting, dyeing yarn blanks, creating knitting and crocheting notions (stitch markers, polymer clay buttons), and reselling of specialty fibers (Angelina and Camel to name a few).

Her work is beautiful, and she does custom orders. Ann is an absolute doll to work with, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.

Check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Twin-Mommy-Creations-324030317639844/timeline/

Check out her ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwinMommyCreations

  1. giftieetcetera.com

I stumbled across this blog from one of the planner Facebook groups. Giftie has some great tips that I have incorporated into my own planner. Two of which are: running shopping lists in my planner and punching both sides of the notepaper for easier use.

Here’s a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/345373425612939/

  1. http://philofaxy.blogspot.com

This website/blog is all about Filofax. Posts consist of interviews with Filofax users, new product releases, free-for-all question asking posts, and weekly roundups.

I really enjoy the weekly roundup posts from this blog. It shares links to many other planner blog posts.

Here’s the Facebook link for you to check out: https://www.facebook.com/Philofaxy?fref=ts

  1. strangecharmed.com

Alexis, aka Miss Trenchcoat, is a genius! She is such an inspiration. She quit her job and started her own business, working from home. (A dream of mine as well!)

Her blog posts are very informative, and her YouTube videos are also informative and enjoyable to watch.

Here’s a link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissTrenchcoat

  1. http://www.carieharling.com/

Dispatches From the Frat House is a recent blog and YouTube find. Carie is very personable and her YouTube videos are fun to watch.

I’m currently working through all of them, and it makes me feel better to know that there’s another planner addict who switches around what planner make and model they use—sometimes on a month to month basis.

Here’s a link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/carielynn74

© Cori Large October 4, 2015