I know that what I am going to say here might be unpopular…please hear me out anyway. I promise to make it quick.
We as authors have a LOT of stuff to juggle…production costs, promotion costs, travel costs, education costs, event costs, swag costs…the list is LONG. Come tax time, I have seen, year after year, authors bemoaning the collection, collation, and coding of the invoices, receipts, and odds & ends slips of paper to prepare for the ‘day of due’ or celebration that you made it balance somehow and don’t owe Uncle Sam.
My proposition is, to take part of the Labor Day holiday, since most are off work anyway, and if you haven’t been keeping your documentation together monthly, to get it together and at least partially sorted now. The year is slowly but surely winding down and soon enough you’ll be consumed in holiday preparation or shopping and you surely won’t want to do it then, so do it now. Just a little.
It’s Labor day after all. Might as well labor a little. Then reward yourself with a barbecue and a cold one. 🙂 WIN-WIN.