The Business Chat – Money and HST

We need to talk. There’s something we have to discuss. It’s a nasty, dark subject that makes a lot of people cringe. But I can’t let this go any longer, it must be addressed. It’s money. Money is one of those subjects that as soon as it’s brought up, makes people squirm, hum and haw and then change the subject. As crafters we’d much rather talk about pretty shiny things but unfortunately those pretty shiny things are bought with money. As much as we like to think that we’re just doing what we like to do to make the world …

The Business Chat – HST Part Two

There seems to be some confusion about this HST stuff so I thought today that I’d take another kick at it. The government has several websites with all the appropriate information on them. They are clear as mud. I have had very good luck with the people manning the phones at 1-800-959-5525. Just press buttons until you find a human, they know what they’re talking about. On a bead forum the other day there were several discussions about collecting tax. Let me say this loud and clear: artist made goods are NOT exempt from HST or in provinces without the …

The Business Chat – HST

Hello people! My name is Catherine Winter and my company is Sailorgirl Jewelry. For 7 years I’ve made my living as a lampwork artist and jewelry designer. No I didn’t win the lottery, inherit money or marry money (and I’ve been asked all those questions). I actually pay my bills with my jewelry and beads. When I first learnt lampworking (at Beadfx) I said “I’m going to make a living making beads”. There was silence. Several years later Dwyn suggested I lead a workshop and share how I’d managed it. For the past 3 years I’ve taught Start Your Own …