Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Good News & Bad News

Well, the twisty-turvy road to the development of Relished Artistry has thrown me another curve. Some good things have happened, and some bad things have happened.

First, the Good News. The application for my Seller's Permit requested my Bank information. Well, I don't have a bank account for Relished Artistry yet, so this was a big clue that I should probably get one. After another series of phone calls I was told I would need to turn in my Operating Agreement for my LLC for any business account anywhere. Ugh. I didn't have that yet. So I sat down to write it...

Okay, long story short, I realized all the examples I was finding were for LLC's that had more than one member. My LLC only has one: me. So when it came to making one confidently, I was clueless. I decided to have it done professionally, and found a local attorney online that I felt confident with that could do it. Several email exchanges later, I'm sure that it's gonna be better than what I could have come up with myself. At least I'll know his work is legally sound, whereas my own would have been a shot in the dark. And while it sounds stupid to hire an attorney based on what you've seen online, our emails were quite disarming and endearingly "normal". His lack of pretense and legalese was heartening. The fee is commensurate with what I expected. He'll be done with it by the end of the week since it's a relatively simple document. Then I can go to the bank.

So the notification I received (finally) from the State that my Articles of Organization were filed actually prompted a lurch forward in the legitimization of the company. And that's very very good news indeed! Woohoo!

Now for the Bad News. Recently, my partner was driving to pick up lunch for his workplace, and his car was hit by a truck from a company in the same complex where his office is. After a wait of several days with a rental car, it turns out that the very frame of our car is messed up, and the insurance company has declared it a total loss--surprising since there appeared to be so little damage. In a nutshell, we now have to buy a new car. Not an expense that we had anticipated... Our car was totally paid off--there was no monthly payment. And now, because we don't have enough money to buy a decent car outright (who does now days?), we will have a monthly car expense again, after many years. And guess where that's gonna come from?

My studio space. Yep, that's right, no studio space for me--the money I was gonna spend on it is now going to go into a car. And for the foreseeable future, I will be stuck in my garage. Jonathan and I are discussing options for shifting things around in the garage to give me some more room so I can have an ironing table. I simply don't have a choice.

I called my friend whom I was going to share the space with, and thankfully she understands. Turns out she's willing to wait for a while and see what happens. Bless her heart. I guess all the signs are pointing toward this being the wrong time, huh?

It's quite depressing, actually. But it means that I must work harder to develop a sense of self-discipline to ensure this company works. I cannot rely upon a Studio space to provide the professional atmosphere I need to concentrate, and that's gonna be hard. Very hard...

Guess I'm gonna have to buckle down and live my life with relish, huh?


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