Hello. Tom and Huck have gone back to school, the Christmas decorations have been packed away, and a closet or two has been cleaned out. Now that I can get back to work on the books, it’s time to set some basic goals for 2008. In no particular order, here they are:
2) Get a real accounting system in place to keep better track of my records and to make tax reporting easier. Farewell, ledger book and pencil (well, maybe).
3) Learn a few technological tricks to improve the look of both my blog and my website. It’s hard to get specific on this one, as I know what I want, but don’t know the terminology or method for how to achieve it.
4) Catalogue more books. I have more books uncatalogued than catalogued. I’m starting with a goal of cataloguing a measly five per week (a big improvement over my more recent zero per week), but expecting to be able to develop enough of a routine to do ten per week. Stop laughing, you fast-typing, research-happy, terminology-happy book describers who list at least ten books per day! 😉 We’ve all got to start somewhere, and this is where I start. If I make it unmanageable, I’ll never do it. Starting with just five books — that’s one per day — seems doable to me.
5) Increase sales from 2007. Get more books into the right hands!
6) Put out the word that I both sell and buy books. A steady stream of new inventory seems to be crucial.
7) Cull out the overcrowded shelves and sell or donate a few books that really don’t fit what I’m trying to do with my business.
10) Finish that Dante catalogue! (Really!)
11) Come up with a daily (or few days a week, since I also have to manage a family and household) work routine in an attempt to use my time more efficiently.
12) Keep in touch with the booksellers I already know, and also meet some new booksellers.
That’s all I can think of for now. I also need to make a list of priorities for the month of January. That’s to come tomorrow. After that, I intend to work on a daily routine. Sorry to fill up these entries with so much detail. I need to write this all down to make sense of it. Thanks for being patient, and if you have any recommendations as to working efficiently from one’s home, just leave a comment.
See you in the stacks!