Friday, March 18, 2011

something new

Is it cheesy that I missed blogging? I view my blog as a little bit of a record keeper of me chasing after my life goals and that is to make art and be able to support myself with my artwork.  SxSW interactive gave me the chance to meet so many like minded people that enjoy and are passionate about making things.  I can't even express to you how many creative and talented people I met this trip.
I have also decided that I am going to introduce something new to my blog.  I consider myself and my husband a creative couple.  We want to make sure we take as many chances and experience life to the fullest.  My husband won a contest at his work which is why we are able to go to the conference. I wanted to tell you why I wanted to go.
#1 I want to spread the word about my kickstarter project.
#2  To go to the actual conference.  SxSW interactive portion is where you can hear people speak that are make more tech related things.  There are lectures/panels/discussions/keynotes from everything to blogging to social media to web development and much much more!
#3 To meet like minded makers and doers.
I fully left my corporate finance job about 9 months ago to pursue my love for painting.  Well with me leaving my job, I knew I had to take on a little bit more responsibility with my home and my husband's passions.  My husband is a web developer (big geek) by day but we started a tech start up called ELan3 and my husband co-owns another start up called Backabit with a business partner.  Since I am good with numbers- I handle the books and paperwork for both companies.  Yes, they are both real life LLCs.  We do have help with the year end taxes with a CPA but I do all the accounting, licensing, and paperwork.  I also step in when they need some business help.  I do this because I want my husband to be able to focus on being creative with his work.  If he is helping me with my dream shouldn't I help him with his?   I really deserve flowers more than 2 times a year from my husband for all my hard work.  :)
So I have decided to incorporate under tips/tricks/diy- business and finance tips  on my blog.  I am no CPA or tax professional but I did work in finance for 6 years and was really great at it because I cared about my clients and wanted them to make good choices that were best for them.  The majority of the advice is not about making a quick buck because I am not psychic but just practical advice to help you make good choices.  I know you need to take big risks to receive a big reward but that's really not true for taxes/lending or any other kind of government related industry.  If you mess up on this stuff, they will come for you! lol  Really you need to educate yourself at at least understand your business choices. 
One of my personal successes when I worked at the bank and it was around when I first started.  I was helping a woman with her paperwork  and I was the fourth person she was dealing with.  She was really nice and a little emotional.  But wouldn't you be upset if you were getting or feeling like you were getting the run around with your money?  To make a long story short, I took care of her paperwork and I made sure she understood what she was doing.  She ended up crying and told me how great of an experience this was.  I was just happy to help because what if it was my money?  If I felt like that even if I was getting ripped off  five bucks, I would be pissed.  I realized that especially with finance you can make a few smart decisions that you can really help yourself from not getting screwed and maybe even come out a head. 
So of course my blog will always be about what inspires me and my love for painting but I think it's really important to send out little nuggets of knowledge into the world of the business side of things.  It is never to early or too late to learn about this stuff and it will really benefit your life.  I'm always learning new things to support /market all of our businesses.  I am not perfect but I can help and why not share?
Next week I am going to be doing a series of all SxSW interactive and all the amazing and wonderful things I wanted to share and learned.  There is also a special surprise next Friday for you!   Have a super weekend! I am up to my ears in work and cuddling with my pug monsters who I missed so much.

24 comments:

Miss C said...

haha another portlander up late (or early if you will). I think this is a great idea. Especially because I just posted about ways I thought of for myself to save money. Perfect timing! I can't wait to see what's in store AND i'm quite excited for the sxsw posts too.

jen said...

welcome back! glad you had such a great trip and i bet your adorable puggies missed you AT LEAST as much as you missed them!!
i'm looking forward to your new blog additions...sounds great, and good for you for sharing YOUR experiences to help others!

Jenna said...

wow, this is great- i'm glad you're adding the new feature, since it's info that so few "creatives" really have ready access to.

congrats on 9 mos corporate-free!

cindy said...

congratulations to your husband for winning the award and what a great prize. i'm looking forward to your sxsw posts.

supporting each other in a variety of different ways is so important, especially for entrepreneurs when things can change quite a bit from day to day. this is a great new feature because finance intimidates people, but it really shouldn't. i think your're knowledge and perspective will be really helpful and, digestible.

enjoy your weekend!

suzy said...

Wow! Looking forward to the new highlights on finance! Also can't wait to hear about your trip!! And to hear about the sunshine and warm temps?? :)

Dave said...

After spending 12+ years in banking on the trust investment side before going into education I can "relate" to your post...looking forward to reading what you post in the future! And...welcome back...glad you had a great time!!!

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

What a fabulous post! I can't believe how much we have in common :)

I have taken care of all the books, paperwork and taxes for the LLC that I started with my boyfriend many years ago for his video work. I also have worked within a financial services group for the past 8 years and it has given me such a great education about finances and taxes...which I never would have learned otherwise!

I love that you're going to start incorporating business and finance tips into your blog - I'm excited to learn something new!

Jenn xo

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

I'm glad you had a great trip- it looks like a lot of fun. The new feature will be interesting- I didn't do very well in finance at school :( so hopefully I can learn something new here.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Wow! Your whole post was just full of energy! I could feel it from here! Can't wait to see more!

Tracey said...

I think that's great Erika - it's wonderful that you're able to help your husband with financial aspects of his businesses ... and it makes sense that you'd want to share your knowledge through your blog as well (we all know that you're exceedingly generous). :)

It's wonderful to have you back in blog world, and it sounds like you had a fantastic time away ... I can't wait to hear more.
xx

ckscribbles said...

my brothers a web developer (hes a true geek too!) He once coded a website at my birthday party from his droid, yeah that kind of geeky! You are like the greatest wife ever and i love reading your blog! Keep on inspiring!
xo
Christine

Marina said...

I wish you all the luck with your kickstarter project. I never heard about it until i opened you page and i really think it's a great thing for young people with idea and cool projects.

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