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Lu & Ed’s 7 Year Envyversary Celebration!

Hip pip hooray! Today marks 7 YEARS since I launched my Storenvy shop. Whoa. I can’t believe how far my little monster shop has come in 7 years. I can’t believe how much Storenvy has evolved in 7 years! When I joined, there was barely 500 stores on the platform, and now there’s hundreds of thousands of Storenvy sellers!

My business has grown so much thanks to all of you – thanks to your support, cheering me on, kind words, orders, referrals, fan photos to keep me trucking when my eyes are crossing from sewing too much. Thank you all. I couldn’t have made it this far without my sweet, awesome, wonderful monster loving fans!  I have made some super amazing friends through the Storenvy community – and I decided to reach out to some of my favorites to together a huge giveaway to thank you all for your constant support & love, and to celebrate 7 years selling on Storenvy! Woohoo!!

Sidenote: This will be one of the LAST giveaways I host this year, so if you want a chance to get your hands on some free Lu & Ed monster merch, make sure to enter and come back daily to earn your daily entries every day this week, too!

Speaking of daily entries, this giveaway has a ton of ways to earn entries, including some that involve Storenvy functions like Watching & Envying items on Storenvy. I’ll post screen shots on how to do that below – but first here’s the prize line up!

Small Semi-Custom Mon-stor – Winner chooses color scheme!

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Zombie Tee from Zom’s – Winner picks size and styleIMG_8277

Winner’s Choice – Four hair bows or one headband from Bow Peeps

Delicate Star Necklace from Wilde DesignsNE038_DelicateSilverStarNecklaceByWildeDesigns_02_original copy

Double Set Kitchen Towels and Hot Pads from We R Crafts

Red Pendant Necklace from Wired Heart17861921_10155103306433898_2011750148484705881_n copy

Spring Headband by It’s a Girl Thing by Trinidadimage1

Art Print from Be You, Not Them17634614_10212738053357146_5386901653328931805_n

Cardinal Field Cards from Pinecone GroveNorthern_20Cardinal_20Card_20Display_original

Rainbow Unicorn Egg from Landon’s Toy Box17888186_10158884377780179_282247373_n

Now, like I said above, you can sign up for Storenvy to earn a good chunk of extra entries, so click over and sign up – the process takes less than one minute if you aren’t already a member, and it is one of the coolest online shopping platforms out there so we def want to make sure you get all signed up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is how to earn the Storenvy centric entries:  Watching a shop. This is like favoriting it so you don’t miss product drops! Here is a photo example – just click the “Watch” button! Then input your Storenvy username on the giveaway widget to complete the entry. (So I can double check the entries when selecting an winner!)

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Entries can also be earned by Envying a product. An Envy is basically “liking” the product. Your Envies will show up on your user profile so you can easily find items you’ve liked to purchase at a later date. They also show in the feed of anyone who follows you, allowing you the opportunity to start trends and become a popular user on Storenvy! Photo example below!

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Super easy peasy! You can also earn entries by sharing products from the stores to social media – you can do one blog post a day with products from each shop, share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or even pin some items to Pinterest! Then just post the URL of your share into the giveaway widget for the entry to count!

Here is all the official rules: Contest is open from 12AM EST 4/10 to 11:59PM EST 4/15. Giveaway is open world wide, where allowed, to entrants over the age of 18. International winners must pay shipping prior to their item being shipped. One lucky winner will reap all the prizes, selected at random by Rafflecopter!

Now, let’s get down to winning some stuff! The more entries you earn, the better your chance of winning all of these epic prizes. So click the  link below and start earning your entries!

>>> Click here to enter! <<<

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Free printable income & expense sheets!

A lot of people use digital accounting software but I still prefer to use pen & paper to document all the money flowing in and out. Between income/expense sheets & a planner where I write transactions on the dates they occured, it keeps me more accountable and aware of sales trends & spending habits. I created these fun printable income & expense sheets a few years ago that I use myself, and I wanted to share them with you guys, too!

 

The income sheet is broken into three categories:

  • ย Event and in-person sales. With eleven lines, you have more than enough room to track total income from events, and weekly totals from in-person sales.
  • ย Ad income. Record income you generate from ad sales here, if you host ads on your blog.
  • Online sales. With fifteen lines you have enough room to write in four columns of sales totals from individual transactions in your online shop.

 

The expense sheet is broken into four simplified categories:

  • Web stuff. Domain hosting, listing fees, transactions fees, etc. There are seven lines so you can record fees weekly and make notes.
  • Advertising. The advertising bubble has five lines for you to record money you invest into paid ads, business card and print advertisements, craft show booth admission, or cost of items or services donated to giveaways.
  • Supplies. Fourteen lines to write supply expenses, such as office supplies, fabric, yarn, packaging tape, poly mailers, etc.
  • Postage. Fourteen lines which can be broken into two columns to record postageย  paid to ship goods each month.

Tip: Print one each of the sheets, and staple or glue the bottom and side together, leaving the top open to create an envelope. Insert all receipts, invoices and at the end of the month a print out of monthly sales log into the envelope. Come tax time everything is in one neat little place ready to file or hand over to your accountant!

 

How do you track your income / expenses? Do you file your taxes yourself or go to an accountant? Share your tax wisdom in the comments below to continue the conversation!