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One of the less pleasant aspects of running a business, even if it does involve yarn, is keeping the books. Entering all the details of money in and money out, while necessary for general business and tax purposes, can get a little tedious. Consequently, I’ve been putting it off by just throwing all the receipts into a file folder labeled “Receipts to File”. Not the best bookkeeping practice, I know.

At the end of June, I’ll be sitting down to sort all the papers out and enter it all into excel. I don’t think I’ll mind it too much, because afterward I’ll get to make the biannual Poetry in Yarn donation to charity.

A percentage of every Poetry in Yarn pattern sale gets set aside for charitable donation. While the amount per pattern may be small (I mean the most expensive pattern I sell retails for $5.95), when it all adds up, it’s a nice little chunk of change that can do some good in the world. It makes me feel good, like I’m sharing more than just my love of knit and crochet with the world. I don’t really get a chance to crochet or knit for charity much, but I feel like this is one way I can help out.

I try to vary the charities, and I’m currently mulling over choices for the end of June donation.