Archive for the ‘Belasting’ Category

Feb
18

To Ikea hell and back again

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

The attic make-over is finally coming to an end. The kitchen cabinets and are installed, the tap and stove are hooked up, the hood is attached to the wall just for ornamental purposes only because the pipe still needs to go through the roof.  The show in Den Bosch is approaching fast and I want to be READY so I had some major dye-sessions already.

After a full day of dyeing, DH and I met one late afternoon in the studio and he suggested there maybe a little gap in the way I organise things.

The scene: attic/dye-studio

Me: Look, hun what I did the last few days? Great colors, eh? I tried some new techniques and I really like the results!

DH: Huhuh, that’s nice baby. Meanwhile he’s checking the contents of a cupboard that has to be moved.

Me: Yup, but look here! These are all ready too (grabbing skeins left and right to show them off). Oh, and what about these??? Those are supersoft, here feel!

DH: Baby? Do you still know what’s what now?

Me: Yeah, sure I do! Look, these are the Merino Superwash skeins and these…, these are…errr…..bamboo-blend? I think….shit…

DH: What’s for dinner?

Me: HOW THE HELL DO I KNOW???!!! Damn, now I have to sort things out first. Move over, YOU’RE IN MY WAY! And where does this come from??! Sjeezz….GET OUT OF MY WAY!!!

30 Minutes later I had it all sorted out again and the pizza was ready to eat. I promised myself to drive to Ikea this week to pick up some see-through boxes so that won’t happen to me again even-though it was all his fault.

So today was Ikea-day.

Me and my little girl went shopping. First we just looked around for a bit, then we had a some sandwiches/coffee/chocolate-milk at the restaurant. After our lunch we walked (stepping on heels and nudging elbows because it was getting busier by the minute) downstairs where the “smart storage” stuff is.

We quickly loaded up the cart and headed for the checkout.

As a business woman I have an Ikea Business-card (being self employed has it’s perks, hehe) but because I haven’t used it yet I decided to ask how to use it at the Ikea Info-booth (this is right before the checkout).

The Scene: Ikea Info-booth

Me: Hello!

Mr. Info-booth: Hi, how can I help you?

Me: See, I have this Ikea Bussiness-card, and I want to know how this works. Do I go through a special checkout or…?

Mr. Info-booth: Well, I don’t know about that. They changed it recently. I think you have to go to the Ikea Business-point on the second floor and order all that stuff.

Me: Okay, but I have everything right here in the cart and the only thing I need is a proper Invoice for taxes you know.

Mr. Info-booth: You have to pay for that stuff! You’ll get a receipt at the checkout.

Me: But I don’t want a receipt, I want a proper invoice! With an invoice number, for taxes you know?! The brochure says I get an invoice if I use the Ikea Business-card but it doesn’t tell me where I should go or where and how I should pay?

Mr. Info-booth (getting rude): You really need to go to the Ikea Business-point on the second floor! You’ll only get this stuff if you pay for it and you’ll only get a receipt and not an invoice! Goodday!

Mr. Info-booth takes off and leaves me standing there. My neck is starting to get sweaty and itches like crazy (why is it so hot here?) when I look down on my daughter who’s pulling my arm. Can we get that ice-cream now mommy? I give her praise for being such a good girl and for being so patient (me, I’m boiling inside..) and ask her to wait for just a little bit longer. Mommy has to go to the second floor and order the stuff that is already in my cart at the Ikea Business-point.

With a fully loaded cart and my little girl at my hand I slowly move “up-stream” (there really is only one way here!) in the direction of the stairs when it hits me. I AM NOT taking this stuff to the second floor! I’ll just ask another employee to help me make a shopping list on the computer so I can take the list upstairs. If I can make one at home on the Ikea website they sure as hell can make one here, right?! I WANT TO BE OUT OF HERE ASAP!

I explain my situation to another Ikea-girl who is very helpful (too bad she doesn’t know about the Ikea Business-card either). Did you know they can’t make a shopping list on the Ikea computer? I mean really? Eventually another girl grabs pen and paper and starts writing up the numbers for me (duh, why didn’t I think of that?) to take to the Ikea Business-point and parks my cart behind the counter.

I’m almost heat struck in my darn winter coat but hurry up the stairs with my little girl.  Because I’m going in the “wrong” direction all the signs are backwards and I must have walked in circles 3 times looking for signs that said “quick route to…”. I bet if I followed the “long route – see all” arrows on the floor backwards it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get to where I wanted to be.

The Scene: Ikea Business Point

Me: Can you please help me???

Ikea Business Point-employee: Sure! How may I help you?

Me: I have this Ikea Business-card and Mr. Ikea Info-booth told me I can only use that HERE. I have to order my stuff HERE. Even thought I have all the stuff loaded into my cart downstairs! I’m sweating like a pig running around in Ikea and I just want an invoice! But apparently I can’t have one….(catching my breath)…

Ikea Business Point-employee: Oh, I see. Well they don’t know what they’re talking about. Do you have the card with you?

Me: Yes, I have it right here.

Ikea Business Point-employee: It’s really very easy! You take the cart through checkout and give them the card. They will give you a receipt. You take the stuff home and a few days later you’ll get an invoice in the mail. When you receive the invoice you will have 10 days to pay through your bank account. That’s all!

ijsje

The Scene: Ikea Parking lot, 15 min later.

Me: Nice ice-cream, eh sweety?

My little girl: It’s yummie mommy! It was very hot and busy in there…

Me: Sure was! You know what?

My little girl: No, what?

Me: I was so lucky to have you in there to help me, you were such a sweet girl!

My little girl: Kiss?

Ikea Business Point-employee:
Feb
02

Iwantit, iwantit, iwantit!

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

My winter-depression has faded a little into the background now that I gave myself a kick in the butt. No point in lingering to much right?

I’m sitting behind my laptop uploading pictures to the shop, nice cuppa to go with it and I’m feeling quite happy (for now, it could change later on but NOW I’m feeling quite happy).

To be honest, I have a lot to be happy about. The shop is doing great, sales are up. My taxes have been done (hooray for the book keeper). My kids have survived the flu that has been going around lately (however I did hear my youngest sniffle this morning). We celebrated all the birthdays and holidays (time to relax instead of running around like a mad women). We bought new Carnival clothes (yes we have Carnival here in the Netherlands). And I decided not to worry about the dye-studio NOT BEING DONE YET (okay just a little worrying…).

And…I gave myself a little present!

Meet my new toy:

Camera2

Yes, momma has given herself a new camera to play with! Not just any camera, nooooooooooo….a real Digital SLR Camera. The Canon 500D.

Oh, and of course he needed some legs too:

Camera1
Click for a larger view!

I am totally HAPPY!!!!

The old camera will still be used as “around-the-house-point-and-shoot-camera”, but this baby is specially meant for taking awesome product-shots.

Okay, I’m nowhere near fully understanding this complex camera but it does make great pictures already.

Lookie here:

GreenLush_1

Awesome eh? This is what it looks like when transformed into a productshot:

GreenLush_3

Can you tell I’m one happy momma? :lol:

Nov
03

The book-keeper

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

As a business owner I keep a check-list. Lately I’ve been checking things of the list left and right.

One thing on this list is finding a accountant or book-keeper if you will. Because even though I’m a business owner and as a business owner you have to do pretty much everything by yourself this is one of those things I keep telling myself, so NOT true I am not, I repeat NOT an accountant or a book-keeper.

I’m a ‘hands on’ person, I don’t do numbers very well. I’m an entrepreneur and a creator, I create things. Period.
For years I’ve been a good person and taking care of all administrative things in Casa MaBlog and taking care of taxes. And EVERY year I’m late. Why? Because the hill gets steeper by the minute (lame metaphor), because I always think it’s going to be difficult, because I’m always scared I forget something and it’s going to cost me BIG TIME.

For months I’ve been wandering the digital highway looking for information about book-keeping, taxes and other stuff a business owner needs to know. The more I read the less I like it. I’ve become much smarter, I’m sure of it, but not smart enough, so I keep on reading and searching and more reading and..and.. And I’m sick of it! I don’t have to do this, I can always (gasp) O.U.T.S.O.U.R.C.E. 8-O

I’ve been doing some book-keeper-shopping and emailed 5 different candidates a little information about me and my business.

Book-keeper # 1 Replied to my email quickly. And he called about 15 min. later to confirm. Big plus, I like people who take things head-on.

Book-keeper #2 Answered my email within a few hours and asked me to call and make an appointment. Which I did.

Book-keeper #3 Also replied within a few hours and asked me to call. I tried three times (at different hours) and kept getting the answering machine. This is not the one, I thought. Is this what’s going to happen when I’m a costumer? I’m not talking about weird calling-hours either. I mean I’m calling between 2 and 5, still office hours you know… :-? Hmmm, I’ll try again tomorrow. After three days of calling and still getting the answering machine I’ve made up my mind. This is NOT the one. Too bad, missed opportunity in my book.

Book-keeper #4 Replies just before 5 O’clock. They’re a small office mainly focussing on starting businesses. They like to see you getting involved in the process of bookkeeping (with their help) but understand the need to outsource the difficult stuff like taxes. Sounds interesting, I’ll be calling them in the morning.

Book-keeper #5 No email address on their website just a contact form. Hasn’t replied yet, but I’ll give it some time. More then a week later that’s just bad the phone rings. There’s a lady on the phone and she wants to make an appointment. I’m startled who is this lady and why is she calling? the name doesn’t ring a bell at first. Lady sounds a bit chaotic. We have difficulties setting a date, I tell the lady on the phone the appointment has to be between 9 and 2. She promptly tries to make an appointment at half past 8 WTF? and later she suggests 2 O’clock again WTF?. I ask about their place of business, she gives me a vague story about having to work from home because of some again vague issues. She wants to visit my place. This is getting weirder by the minute but with two bickering kids next to me I cave (I just wanted it to be over and done with) and make the appointment. Stupid, I know me, this is not going to work. I just don’t get a positive vibe here.

Today was appointment with book-keeper #1. Nice guy, he made me feel welcome. I’m very new at this and it doesn’t matter to him. Gave me useful information (free of charge :lol: ). We even have mutual acquaintances.  So far so good but I’m still shopping around and tomorrow I have an appointment with book-keeper #2.

Cancelled appointment with book-keeper #5. This was not meant to be… I feel so much better now.

Finally, some fall pictures to make up for the long story ;-)

Last week the kids had their Fall-break and there even were some sunny days. My daughter wanted me to take a picture of a beautiful mushroom she had seen. Pay close attention to the last picture, it’s the mushroom she wanted me to take a picture of. My daughter sees beauty in the strangest things….

PICT7186 PICT7188

PICT7191 PICT7197

After that, time for “proud mom”-pictures ;-)

PICT7196 PICT7199 PICT7202

PICT7207