Work Uniforms in the New Age Community

I would like to suggest that work uniforms for businesses owned by members of the New Age Community be some type of khaki with an accent color that matches the company’s marketing materials–unless a particular employee should wear business wear to work. Unless an employee is at the CEO level, or a partial business owner, they should purchase all work clothes from a catalog or catalog pages provided to them–that includes the business wear that they wear to work.

What do the rest of you who are New Age think?

Also, please see my post on my personal site at CLillyJLekhan.com about the Universal Website Navigation. I mention the online store there and catalogs for small, medium, and large businesses. I think it would be best for us if businesses in the New Age Community that are small, medium, or large businesses would scan their catalog page-by-page and add an order/payment-taking sidebar to complete a normal page in the online store. Microbusinesses could have a regular online store, and the self-employed could have a ‘Store’ page that is a vertical list–usually with an add-to-cart/view-cart feature–like on my site PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Being a Working Person in the New Age Community

As you have noticed, this blog has information for the New Age Community to discuss standardizing our business practices–something we haven’t started doing yet. Work is very important to members of the New Age Community and a central part of our spirituality. You can look at my resume to understand the following image and explanation better–it is on my personal site at CLillyJLekhan.com on the News page in the post titled ‘Upload of Resume and Back Pages.’

It would be best for those of us who are New Age to think about our working selves in terms of a career ‘star’–or a ‘work star’ diagram, with five points.

  • Point 1: this is the work we do for our communities in emergencies that is as important as citizen soldiering would be in a time of need. We often think about this as ‘standby’ work. Mine is to be a non-JD Constitutional lawyer and a special event-planner for the State government.
  • Point 2: this is our volunteering work for the community, usually also done on standby. Mine is to be an MC for classical performances from any part of the globe wanting to open in Middle America.
  • Point 3: this is our paid work. For the New Age community this will almost always be self-employment work or work owning a Microbusiness as a full or partial owner. Mine is to be the sole owner of a small independent publisher (as a Microbusiness) called Lekhan Publishing House.
  • Point 4: this is the work we do for personal fulfillment. Mine is being a professional poet and a vegan recipe writer.
  • Point 5: this is the work we do only for God, and will probably never do for pay. Mine is being a land healer.

In your Point 3 work–which you do for pay–you must be able to take instruction and understand the politics of that industry. In your Point 4 work–which you do for personal fulfillment–you must be masterful at the politics of that industry.

I think it will be helpful to talk about our ‘career star’ with each other as needed.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Getting Governments to “Yes”

Those of us who are New Age are mostly self-employed with Microbusinesses, and we have suffered a lot under bossy ‘say no’ governments. Maybe we should do activism to spread the following ‘Checklist for Decisions’ to the various levels of government.

  1. Does the public want it?
  2. Is it consistent with our value system?
  3. Is it headed in the right direction?
  4. Are there employees to work for it?

If all the answers are yes, then say “Yes.”

Please take this idea and develop it further!

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

 

Documentation and Communication in the New Age Community

It is our duty to be a witness to anything that is happening to any other member of the New Age Community, so we should all have a ‘witness’ file folder ready to put notes into in case something should come up. Make sure to record the date and time of the notes in addition to the date and time of the events.

Communications should be responded to within 3 days with full reading comprehension, and the response should be full and complete so that secondary communications are not necessary. However, the door should be left open for another reply. With emails we should cut and paste each section of the email, put it in quotes, and then respond in bold, italics, or a color section by section, after each quotation. This is common in the legal profession and is a good idea for everyone.

It is against our spiritual value system to reply with nonsense or to not reply at all. It is easy to find a polite way to tell the communicator to contact someone else please, and the reasons why you can’t handle the communication.

Nobody has a God-given or natural right to interact with any other person–not even the local or Federal government. The opportunity to interact with someone should be “paid for” with the “gift” of something practical–for example: money, flowers, intel, a sincere invitation to a fun activity, etc. You should decide ahead of time what practical thing you are going to offer before setting up the interaction. The government should probably begin a new practice of starting a communication with a restatement of a practical thing that is already offered to the recipient and is connected to the topic of the letter. The government should always send a written communication preceding, during, or after any interaction with anyone for any reason. A marketing flyer works for a group event or an open event for the public. This is also the rule when interacting with property or business interests of a resident living under that government. A communication that follows an interaction and is the only communication concerning that interaction should be sent out through a reliable method within one month of the interaction.

Please continue this discussion on your sites if you are New Age!

Also, I thought I’d further a point on my promotional site at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com in an essay called ‘Organizing Ideas from an Entrepreneur.’ I talk about how I color code file folders in the essay and mention this coding system: yellow for legal notes; pink for customer details; blue for all incoming payments (from customers and links); purple for marketing, PR, and sales notes; green for notes from bank meetings and business meetings, and for company financial info including bills and salaries paid; white for other notes, miscellaneous notes, or anything that is for public view. I suggest we also use the following color codes: brown or manila for internal-only files that should never leave the building; gray for files to go to or be kept by management; black for files for government view; orange for files that have emergency info like first aid info; red for files that must be taken in an evacuation. Patterned folders can be used for other files, temporary files, and special projects. When we are showing our files to anyone in the government (including the IRS), we would need to switch them to folders that are either white or black, and then refile them with their appropriate colors after the government officials leave.

Just sharing my thoughts,

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Hiring for New Age Businesses

It would probably work best for those of us who are New Age to apply this way when seeking work with a New Age business, or any business owned by a New Age business owner.

Option One: Put up a full resume on a personal site–I am calling it a ‘Merged Resume’ now, but it is usually called a firm resume. Then email the business owner or the HR Manager and ask if they would consider taking a look at your online resume. Ask them to place you in an appropriate position if there is one open and you are a match, otherwise request that they keep you in mind and your URL in their files. You will have to always keep this URL with a resume up, or forward all web traffic to your new URL to an explanation page. Make sure an email address where mail will always be forwarded to you is on the first page of the Resume, in the contact info section under your name.

Option Two: Mail a printed Merged Resume with a cover letter to the business owner or the HR Manager. Once again, ask to be placed in any appropriate positions if you are a good match with the company, otherwise request that your resume be kept on file. Keep your contact info up-to-date with the company so you won’t miss your call back.

If you want to see an example of a Merged Resume, mine is up on my personal site at CLillyJLekhan.com on the News page in the post titled ‘Upload of Resume and Back Pages.’ When I mail my resume out, I have been folding it in half and using the same envelopes I used for the marketing packets for the launch of The Sweetest Art List. You can see this envelope and the rest of the marketing packet at PromotionalTheSweetestArtList.com.

Just wanted to start a conversation on this,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Themes for Fashion

The following themes would be great for an inspiration for casual fashion: beach (including sunrise and sunset), wild fields with flowers, bodies of water. Mountains, forests, and deserts are good themes to inspire more formal wear. Black, gray, and white are great for professional wear and for formal costume wear such as tuxedos. Black, gray, and white are for normal business suits, dark and navy blue for a friendly approachable look in business wear, light and medium blue for an artsy look, and brown or green for a formal, elegant business look. Gems and the art tradition are great inspirations for designer, posh, and formal looks.

A formal look should involve very little skin showing–though pantyhose can be worn instead of tights, and often looks best. A spiritual look should cover everything but the face and hands in an opaque fashion. In warm climates or when unavoidable, feet can be shown. The art look should be sexy, rich-looking, and show off a perfect figure with glowing happy-looking skin all over the body. Casual wear can show off lots of skin and even skin that is ordinary-looking, in order to keep society from becoming stuffy–which usually results in oppression of first amendment rights, women, minorities, and smart people.

Thought I’d share,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Properties for New Age business owners

I would like to suggest that New Age business owners use the following labels to describe our properties, when communicating with each other and the public: visitor’s office building, client office building, employee office building, management office building, secure office building (for secret proprietary work like product development), visitor’s residence, personal residence, back-up residence, city apartment/residence, vacation residence, factory, warehouse, shipping department/building, inventory building, storefronts (physical locations for sale of products and services), mail room/building.

Document storage will be in the management office building, unless there is a strong reason to have it offsite, in which case it can be called something like records building. Garages will just be considered structures that are a part of one of the above properties.

Hope this is useful,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Modes of Conversation

This post is for artists, to help them explain the concept of conversation to non-artists in their communities and to students.

Healing conversation is where only positive and accurate things are said. People are stopped when something inaccurate is said and the accurate substitution is offered. If someone has a tendency to saying inaccurate things, it is addressed. When accurate things that are not positive are said, you have ventured into the realm of therapy. Normal conversation involves sincerely sharing your thoughts and feelings without lying about any of them, as a form of self-expression. Chit-chat is to hear yourself and others speak–just to hear human voices talking about unimportant, non-offensive, non-controversial things.

Hope this helps,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Fall Art Season

Lekhan Publishing House would like to suggest that Fall could be the primary season for the Art World to put on ticket art events for the public. October will be filled with Halloween festivities that the Art World attends, so November would especially be a great month to invite the public to ticket performances and other pay-for-entry art events. September would be a great month for local art, and for student art performances and events. December will be for spiritual art and sponsored art, and August will be the month we spend on private get-aways with our lovers. January to June will be for business conferences, business meetings, and private work–and will be when we finish all the important work for the year. July will be for holidays and community.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Owner and Founder of Lekhan Publishing House

Another July Holiday

In addition to the other holidays mentioned in earlier posts–and though it may seem strange coming from me as a Saddhu-Style vegan–I am called to suggest that Americans hold a Citizen Soldiering Day on July 20th every year. This is not just a day for reminding the public about its duty to be citizen soldiers when needed, or even just a day to talk about national security, but is a day to talk about how prevention, reliability, and consistency will prevent the need for overwork to secure our nation and will prevent as much actual soldiering as possible, both here and abroad–which is another civic duty not often harped upon.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Importance of Capitalism to the American people

It sounds tough, but it is always better to know something like this…Capitalism is King and God in America. This is non-negotiable. If you can’t live under this then you are living in the wrong country, and really would be best off moving. You do not have any chance of a happy future here.

I believe in human rights and I think that it is the Divine plan that we should all eventually be happy, after we have finished paying for our sins. So I am not sharing this to wish harm on you, but to empower you to avoid unhappiness.

We cannot stand people who think that their love lives are more important than making money, the strength of the economy, vocally supporting Capitalism in America, or teaching the world about Capitalism. Family does not come ahead of money, because life in America is unpredictable and expensive, and it is irresponsible to not be constantly aware of your family’s financial situation and financial stability or lack of it. Making sure you have money for emergencies is a primary way of being devoted to your family in American life. This nation is still basically wilderness, so money and products are still received as a form of sincere love.

Thought I’d share,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Organizational Hierarchy In New Age Businesses

It would probably work best for larger New Age Businesses to take their existing organizational hierarchy and put it into the following categorization system:

  1. Sole or partial owners
  2. Supervising liaisons
  3. Shift Supervisors
  4. Entry-level workers

So, this will be for better communication, not to change any part of the hierarchy or who answers to who. It will help companies in communicating with each other as well. So employees will keep the job titles you have already given them, and will acquire one of the above titles as well.

Companies should describe themselves as being comprised of the following factors in their business communications with each other:

  1. Outdoor work
  2. Factory
  3. Warehouse
  4. Shipping and Customer Service
  5. Promotion: Catalog, Websites, Marketing, Advertising, and Sales (includes all online stores)
  6. Storefronts (all physical stores–both temporary and long-term)
  7. Product Design and Development
  8. Organizational Psychology and Documents (includes all internal communications and business record-keeping)

If you don’t have one factor, say Storefronts, you would say ‘7 Factors, No Storefronts.’ If you have no factory and no original products it would be ‘a company of 6 Factors, with no Factory and no Product Design and Development.’

Each department should be assigned to one of the factors in the organizational hierarchy while maintaining the titles and descriptors you have already given to it. Employees should be informed of which factor their department belongs to.

I think this will help us with speed and clarity when companies in the New Age community are communicating with each other.

New Age business owners need to divide themselves into the following subgroups based on their focus–if you are business stock, make sure to think about the focus of your relatives, since they are a part of your business network–1) jobs, 2) product, 3) services, 4) infrastructure and basic needs.

I just wanted to propose this idea to all of you for you to develop further.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Journalism and the Art World

I feel that the Art World would like journalists across the globe to divide themselves into three categories–for better reporting, and for proper checks and balances. The categories are: journalists that work for the government, journalists that work for the non-profit sector, and journalists that consider themselves a part of the Art World–alongside scholars, non-fiction writers, and art critics. I have proposed a ‘Circle of Art Genres’ in my free essay ‘Diagram of the Art Genres’ on my personal promotional site at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com, which lays out my theory as to how the major art genres are related to each other. Journalism is between the category ‘Non-fiction, Essays, and Art Criticism’ and the category ‘Business Art Genres’. You can check out the essay yourself for more information.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

New Age Spa Evening at Home

If you want to have a New Age spa evening, do this at home by yourself: take a shower, soap off, and wash your hair with separate shampoo and conditioner. Then run a tub of fresh hot water, pour in 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup sea salt, and soak to have an aura bath. Wrap your hair in a microfiber towel, sit in a warm or hot room, and have hot water with lemon juice in it to clean the digestive system. Freshly-squeezed juice is best. Then give yourself a foot rub using lotion or oil with only wholesome ingredients. These will look like plants you recognize on the ingredients label.

The three keys to New Age health are stretching and gentle movement exercises, vegan food, and sleep. So you may want to enjoy these afterwards. Also, think about sitting outdoors in fresh air, in the sun, or near healthy greenery.

Enjoy!

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The American Homeland

Archangel Michael wants me to share with you that the US is the official homeland of the New Age community–and that we do protect it secretly without declaring that we are doing so, or communicating to each other that we are doing so.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, American Spiritual Poet

Spiritual Holiday in July

I am called to share with the New Age Community that it was made clear to me in meditations that July 7th every year should be ‘God’s Health Day.’ This is a day to pray for God to be healthy and happy.

For those of us who are monotheistic pantheists, this is also a day to pray for the health of the ‘Mana,’–as some cultures call it–or the Divine Energy on which all living things depend. If you want to understand monotheistic pantheism better, start by reading my free essay ‘The Freedom to Love’ on my personal promotional site at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com. Then head to your local library, and ask for more material at the reference desk. Once you have read about it at the library, you can start looking at websites, blogs, and online references for more information–if you are still interested.

Happy to share,

Lilly Lekhan, American Spiritual Poet

More on the Business Classes

Refer to the earlier post called ‘Business Class Hierarchy for the New Age Community.’ Here are some more details about how I think it will work best for those of us who are New Age and in the business world.

On business cards:

  • Class I: will carry normal business cards
  • Class II: will carry business name cards
  • Working Class: can carry personal name cards with their personal site’s URL if they feel like it
  • Disabled Class: can do whatever the Working Class is doing

On links and ads:

  • Class I: will be buying links and ads on Class I and Class II sites.
  • Class II: Most of Class II will not buy links or ads anywhere, will decide on whether or not to sell links and ad space, and may be given free links on the sites of business contacts and friends. Store owners can buy and sell links and ads just like Class I. All of Class II can post or hand out flyers, when done for free.
  • Working Class: Will not buy or sell links, but can be mentioned in the Updates section of a friend’s site or on a Class I or Class II site, with a free link to the working class person’s personal site.
  • Disabled Class: same as Working Class.

On social media:

  • Class I: will stay off social media, and will rely on company sites, emails, and online PR instead
  • Class II: can be active on social media, especially with posting and sharing flyers
  • Working Class: can stay on social media, especially for posting on life events
  • Disabled Class: can stay on social media, especially for posting on life events

Links that are not a business sponsorship or a form of advertising will be called info links. This includes the ‘shout-out’ link.

Store owners will be in Class II until they are ready to take the plunge and join Class I. They will have to be clear about terminology in their marketing and PR material, and on their sites, so that the public can tell how they are choosing to identify themselves. Class I is the ‘political class.’ All publishers are a part of Class I, because of the volume of world secrets that could potentially pass through their hands as soon as they put the sign above their door. However, journalists are either Working Class employees of a publisher or a company, or are self-employed–which would put them in Class II.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Why Artists Like Themselves

No, artists do not like themselves because people love them or because they are loved. That is a lie created by the press because the reader’s fantasy world requires it–like saying it is wonderful and rosy to be a princess. People are way too jealous of artists to come remotely close to loving them. However, they do respect them for their discipline, skill, and achievements–and they really do enjoy the show. Artists like themselves because they are good at stuff. That is the only reason. AND they keep getting better at stuff, which is very cool.

Thought this might help,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Elements of a Merged Resume

If you want to see a Merged Resume–which is what you would submit to join a firm or if talking about a business partnership–check out mine on my personal site at CLillyJLekhan.com. I think most Microbusiness owners will find it useful to put theirs online and to put up one for each of their employees. Put the headings in order as described below, and just enter ‘Not Applicable’ or ‘Private’ if there is nothing to share on that topic. This way your resume won’t look puny compared to everyone else’s. You can leave off the art-related headings if it really makes no sense to keep them, and you can’t think of anything to put there.

  1. Resume Proper: Skills, Education, Experience, Training, Personal, Memberships, Conferences, Clubs, Future, Patriotism, Community
  2. Back PagesCalled ‘Additional Information’: Talents, Credits, Certifications, Other Jobs, Activities, Languages, Speaking and Performance, Events, Teaching, Volunteering, Sports, Leadership, Genres, Scholarship, Inventions, Contributions, Online Presence, Summary
  3. Interview SheetCalled ‘Work Personality’: Interests, Race/Gender, Weaknesses, Strengths, Worker, Artist, Professional, Business, Job Titles, Spirituality, Other Info, Taglines

If you keep these headings in order so that the resume pretty much matches everyone else’s down the left column, your distinguishing info will really stand out, will be readable, and will be more easily remembered.

In your personal files, you should have a 4th section that you keep confidential called ‘Private.’ It should have the following subsections:

  1. Private Thoughts: these are your own thoughts on things like education you want to pursue, future plans, and career regrets, and also anything you might be leaving out of the resume. Make sure to keep track of differences between your online resume and the resume you hand in with applications–for example, if you changed someone’s name to Jane Doe, as I did.
  2. Thoughts for Interview: your responses to common interview questions and topics
  3. Notes on Past Employment: details of your work history like salaries, names of bosses, company addresses, dates of employment, etc.

Hope this helps!

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Social Hierarchy of High School

There are 3 groups in American high school:

  1. The cool kids and the spiritual kids: they are both too cool to care–the spiritual kids have confidence, and the cool kids are popular.
  2. The successful kids: they are either smart or dorky, and have self-discipline.
  3. The dweebs and the nerds: these kids care so much about competition and are so perfectionistic that they fail at the things they care about and get called ‘losers.’ Nerds succeed at being smart (unlike dweebs), but it doesn’t lead to much success because they fail at social skills, life-planning, and sometimes decision-making. The dweebs often fail at these too.

Gen X ‘slackers’ are in the cool group. They refuse to be pushed around by companies or be oppressed, are somewhat pro-union, and use efficiency to achieve success even though they are ‘slacking off.’

‘Geek’ used to be an affectionate term that referred to smart kids, that only cool kids were allowed to use. It implied confidence that the ‘geek’ was going to succeed, was intelligent, and was on the right track–while establishing that the cool kid was in charge.

All 3 groups try sports, because Physical Education class is a requirement to graduate, and athleticism is required for normal activities in American life, like mowing the lawn or putting together furniture in your house. So–contrary to what TV would make you think–there usually isn’t an actual group of ‘jocks’ in American high school.

Hope this answers your curiosity.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Creative outlets for non-artists

I would like to suggest the following creative outlets for those of you who will not be professional artists. It is important to have artsiness and creativity in your life, or your brain chemistry will go off after decades of lack of it.

  • Men: landscaping, and dressing themselves. Men need to dress appropriate for the situation, authentic to themselves, aware of politics, and having fun with it. They can be as creative as they want with the landscaping outside of their home.
  • Women: cooking and setting the table, and cleaning and decorating their home. When women dress well it is not to be creative–it is to feel normal (according to their normal) and/or safe. Dressing to express themselves is for date nights at home–and there is nothing wrong in wearing a dress and jewelry to a home-cooked meal, or having a theme for the table decorations.

I think everyone in the art world would like to encourage the development of the following industries:

  • Event-planning: this is to help the business world with work and personal events they put on for each other. It is also for high-end events for everyone else–like weddings.
  • Community Event-planning: this involves creating activities for the public and for dates out–like festivals, fairs, and art events.
  • Party-planning: this is event planning for individuals who are not in the business world, or who are having a low-key event that they don’t want to plan themselves–for various reasons, including to avert jealousy.
  • Special Event-planning: this is planning events for the government and for the public that need to be politically astute.

If you do one or more of the above four, you can call yourself an ‘event planner.’

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Member Archives are now open to the public!

Because of lack of support, the Member Archives will now be open to the public and I will not be making more posts after January 2016. I have already written and scheduled all the newsletters until then, so I will continue to update the Member Archives as I said I would. If you enjoy this blog feel free to donate–the payment widget on the sidebar is working.

We are sorry to leave–but you know what they say: Money makes America go! 😉 Good luck to y’all!

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Role of Small, Medium, and Large Businesses in a Microbusiness Age

With the success of sites like ebay and etsy, it is clear we are entering a Microbusiness Age. In this new era of business, the customer will turn to small-size and larger businesses for consistency, reliability, and non-discrimination in a customer experience that is supposed to feel easy and not too personal. The customer wants the whole experience to be predictable, and for everything to work out as they planned. The Customer Care Statement and promises from the businesses need to be clearly positioned on the website under the Policies tab, and every interaction with the company on behalf of every customer needs to go exactly as described under the Policies tab–that includes online interactions with automatic computer services such as transferring money online between two personal bank accounts.

Microbusinesses are going to have personality, and focus on quality products from a person that is likeable to each customer list for each Microbusiness. They will be focusing on reliable service to a list of repeat customers, and the point of their websites will be to bring in new repeat customers that are naturally inclined to find that particular Microbusiness and Microbusiness owner likeable.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Art World and Homemade Beauty Products

Because it is a professional necessity that artists look pretty, hot, and sexy in a particular way specified by their art genre, and not in some other way (which could be dangerous), the International Art World will be making many of our own grooming, hair care, and makeup products and will be mixing them with store-bought products. Men also need to look handsome, hot, and sexy, so they also will be making some of their own products. We can not risk being ignorant of ingredients during any period of oppression, and need this knowledge to deal with the fluctuations in our finances, so that we are always art-ready no matter how poor we are at that moment.

We will be focusing on two looks for our face and makeup: either natural or a ‘live stage performance’ look. Looks that are in-between and are for photos and videos will generally be done by a makeup artist or fellow artist and will be camera-friendly, but not necessarily look good on a date.

We also support internationally-standardized sizing for art-related wear. The sizes should be based on height down to the inch or 1/2 inch, and size 0 should be to look perfect in pictures, size 1 to look perfect in-person which would mean having the ideal figure, and size 2 for a healthy happy look–these descriptors are according to the ‘art look’ and might not be what is desired by non-artists dating other non-artists. This would mean a large catalog with the 3 sizes for each height at either the 1 inch or 1/2 inch in height distinction.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, American Spiritual Poet

Personal Finance for Microbusinesses

With the way financing and revenue will work for Microbusinesses, it is probably best to buy what you need well ahead of time–actually as soon as you have the money. Tangible products in your hand are going to bring you more financial security than money in the bank. Try to have everything you need for the next 1-3 years at any given time. There are two ways to do this. One is to come up with a quarterly schedule for inventory purchases where you fill up on different assigned categories (for the next 12 months) on one specified day of each quarter. This will spread the purchases out. The other is to take the money once a year, and divide it into 12 for the next 12 months. Figure out how much more money you need for your basic needs and set that as a monthly income goal. Then decide how much money you need each month for indulgences like vacations, gourmet food, and gifts, and set that as a second income goal for each month. Go ahead and spend what you have, and then once you have reached the basic needs income goal, the rest of the money you earn each month is for you to use to indulge yourself. If you earn past what you need for that, you can put the extra money away. Finally, when you have the option, you can make an investment and pay for up to 3 years of a business service ahead of time–for example, with domain name purchases.

Because bank accounts are FDIC insured, local banks will probably give you better customer service and more help in business emergencies. Also they will probably have a better relationship with a local government who will push the Federal government if multiple bank customers are affected by something. However, there is a quiet etiquette about the maximum amount of money that you can keep in local banks, and whether or not you can keep money in another community’s bank, which you will have to look into.

Think about these:

  • Grooming Supplies, Cleaning Supplies, Paper Products
  • Office Supplies, Stationery
  • Grocery gift cards. Set a monthly food budget and then buy enough cards for a year at that budget.
  • Fuel cards. Estimate your monthly gas expenses and buy enough cards for a year at that level.
  • Utilities. Ask if you can pay ahead or if gift cards are available. Buy enough for a year.
  • Home medical supplies like bandages, ointments, and electric toothbrush heads.
  • Gift cards for gifts, or pre-paid credit cards for you to use when you decide what gift you are buying. Meal gift cards for the meals where you will be giving people their gifts, or pre-paid credit cards for that.
  • Clothing. Classic quality clothes that won’t go out of style should be considered a business inventory expense and kept properly in a clean inventory closet. Also stock up on day-to-day clothes. Don’t forget your solids, basics, undergarments, and accessories.
  • Sheets, towels, linens, cooking supplies, pantry ingredients, dinnerware and silverware.
  • Electronics should usually be bought as and when needed, but you can decide on stocking up on things like ink, and USB drives. Always have a backup computer with a security program installed. When you buy a new computer, the current computer becomes the backup, so just remember to renew the security on it.

You should probably have a PayPal account tied to a business email and a credit card for online purchases only, or to a business credit card. When you want to go on a vacation, buy everything you possibly can ahead of time and in full. You should have one credit card for in-person purchases like clothes, entertainment, and extra vacation purchases, that is separate from the card you use online, and your business credit card. Put car repairs and maintenance on your in-person credit card, but try to pick out cars that you can buy in full with cash–write a check for them. Technology expenses need to go on the business credit card or the online purchases credit card. Housing is a complicated issue–the rule of thumb is that owning something is always the best, and debt, rent, and mortgage payments are to be avoided. Medical and Legal expenses vary from country to country, having a family doctor and lawyer in place before you need them is key–and quality health insurance is very useful, as is quality liability insurance.

If you want to budget the things that are listed above as going on credit cards, you can use pre-paid credit cards to make sure you have the money when needed. You will need multiple safes in your home, and at least one needs to be hidden.

It is important that microbusiness owners work together so that credit scores for anyone who has an EIN number (the number you get before you consider hiring employees or put having employees into your business plan) are irrelevant, because you as a microbusiness owner will always bear the burden in your credit score when any level of government screws up, and your credit score will ALWAYS be lower than it should be. Financing for microbusiness owners should require your EIN number, current assets and holdings, current debt amounts, and your past tax records–NOT your credit score.

I will be following this strategy myself when I have the money. I hope this helps.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Business Cards for Microbusinesses

Most Microbusiness owners in the internet age do not need an actual business card, which makes them seem stuffy and big-headed, though small business owners seem unprofessional without one. All that Microbusiness owners need is to get people to their website, and maybe to remember the company name or the business owner’s name. Flyers are too large and too tacky for this purpose when you have met someone in person. So, I suggest we hand out name cards. They will be business cards that have only our name, company name, and most essential URLs on them. The recipient can get the email address, phone numbers, and mailing address from the URL on the name card. If you want someone to remember your name, you usually want them to remember that you are a Microbusiness owner as well.

I will be keeping all the ones I get from other Microbusiness owners in a business card box that is big enough for small index cards. I am using the larger storage box because whenever I find a company I like, I am going to start a blank 3″ x 5″ index card for them and put it in the box. It will list the company name, owner’s name, contact info, URL, and anything else I want to remember, and will be sorted alphabetically just like my stack of business/name cards.

Hope this helps,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Lekhan Publishing House Annual Spring Conference

In the future, Lekhan Publishing House will hold an annual Spring Conference in Boston on world art, for publishing professionals only. All food served will be vegan. Companies are welcome to send marketing materials that will be put into a marketing bag for each publishing professional. Please email Lekhan if you would like to give attendees a gift or product sample from your company. This will not happen for a few years so, we will keep you posted! We are aiming for May 3-9, and would like to invite other publishers to have their conferences during that week. It could be called ‘Publishing Week’ internationally.

Here are some details in case you are curious: The conference will be for 7 days with 3 events per day for a total of 38.5 hours. It will be in English, and will be open invitation to publishing professionals with a fee. Each day will have the same schedule: lunch, break, appetizers and art performance, break, dinner. Lunch will be 2 hours long, begin with a world prayer recited by a representative of that spiritual tradition, and will be a vegan buffet with assigned seating. After a break, there will be 1 hour of appetizers and virgin drinks while mingling in a cocktails room. Immediately following will be a 1/2 hour performance of world art with an explanation by the art group. Dinner will follow another break, and will be 2 hours with a vegan buffet and assigned seating. Your marketing bag, product samples, and gifts will be mailed to you ahead of the conference, and your gift bag from Lekhan Publishing House will consist of a nice box of assorted Saddhu-Style cookies, that are from a diet you can read about on Lilly Lekhan’s promotional site at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com.

The dress code will be as follows: elegant gray or businesswear, with a dress or business coat or jacket for men; and literary blue or businesswear, with a dress or business coat or jacket for women.

Thanks, Lekhan Publishing House

Human Rights in the American Country

Though sometimes it may seem like there are no human rights in the American country (like with the Wild, Wild, West), there are in fact some basic rules that parents instill into their children that are actually quite profound.

1. A dog is a dog, and a person is a person–when you want to kill a man, you use a rifle. Some hideous people leave dogs in cages to die slowly instead of killing them. A person has a right to be shot in the head properly. You use a rifle because it is a long-range gun, meaning you have a greater chance of not getting caught. You are less likely to be distracted, so the shot is more likely to be merciful–meaning it will work instantly.

2. When you steal money in the country, there is no rich person who is going to replace it, so DON’T in the first place. Once it is stolen, that individual will never get it back, and will never spend it locally, which means the whole community has lost that money.

3. The country is not inhabitable without a proper benefits program, and business owners will be frequently kidnapped out of fear of jobs being cut if people get paranoid or suspicious that the benefits program has ‘exceptions’ or the option of ‘singling out your neighbor’ in it.

4. Though you love your wife, if you ever give her a survival advantage she will be singled out and hated. Then she might die. All the women in town have to have the same resources for survival, but different resources for shopping and indulging themselves based on how hard and how smart they work, and how reliable they are.

5. After you single one person out, everyone is paranoid, and no one will ever truly believe anything you say ever again.

This is what comes to mind now.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Jealousy in the Art World

Many people wonder how artists can go into the highly competitive world of art, where every concert could result in people cheering for someone else more than you, and not get killed by their own jealousy. Most artists spend their early years in a religious tradition that teaches them about jealousy, before starting art classes and being further schooled by an art genre. The religions teach us about perspective and the art genres teach us about focus. If you practice these two lessons for just a little bit, you will know how to handle your jealousy in art and in life. These lessons apply to people who have never had nor will ever have anything to do with art.

Perspective is about values. Focus is about what you are doing with your mind and body that is creating obstacles and competition that is not real, but only in your head. So you act on the perception of a competitive threat that was completely created by you, and you burn professional bridges that you will need to survive long-term in the art world.

For perspective, let’s compare yourself to the animals. Imagine how God sees the world–you are just one animal amongst trillions and they are all doing the dumbest things. You are just a speck, and you can’t possibly look bad surrounded by all that stupid animal behavior. You are surrounded by other people specks who are trying to survive in this brutal animal world, where animals are trying to kill you and will never be smart enough to know better and stop. Each person is succeeding not to hurt the others, or outcompete the others, but because the team needs all kinds of different work done to survive–and the team will never have enough safety or time for each person to succeed at everything or for one person to be the best at everything. It is only a matter of logic then, that the best little people specks in the group will be outcompeted daily multiple times at a million different things. No failure of yours is really THAT big of a deal in the middle of all those animals, and no success of anyone else really shines that much in the midst of all that unsafety. So–you end up looking basically fine the way you are, and don’t need to compete with anyone to look ok as you. You don’t need to shine to be acceptable, you are already acceptable as a speck in the middle of all that chaos.

Focus is when you let the larger picture fade out, and you can only see a few people in your vision. You usually pick out the best of that group, and start obsessing. The person starts out the size of a small high heel above you, say one inch, and then you keep insisting that the person is important by competing with them. Everyone else starts feeling it in the air, and thinks that they must be a competitive threat since they sense it in the air. Everyone starts keeping an eye on them and competing with them, and the one inch advantage grows into an actual pedestal, that you keep pushing higher and higher with your competitiveness–while you are still on flat ground in flats. Since everyone is paying attention to them in the troupe or among the artists, the critics sense that people think this person has potential. Really they were and are only one inch better than you, but now, they are getting training opportunities you are not going to get. Forward three years, and they are definitely way better than you because, turns out, they worked hard at their training opportunities and went through some ceiling in their spirituality and now are peaking far above everyone’s expectations. You spent all your energy growing their pedestal up instead of working on your own art, did not improve that much, while the rest of the group improved a normal amount–and so now, you are really behind the rest of the group and pedestal girl.

Focus is not real. Even if that girl is ten feet above you, it still seems like a centimeter from the higher perspective with all the animals around the both of you. Monsters are things you create by believing in them–they are not real. People are real, but not monsters. The competitive threat and the pedestal girl are imaginary monsters you create when you make them real by acting like they are real–and most importantly by thinking too much about them and planning how to outcompete them. Everyone is necessary for the show–if you treat potential divas as talents and not competitive threats, they do not grow into divas. Instead, they become trustworthy friends and members of the troupe. You don’t feel as jealous, because you get around the same applause, and you have a friend with similar experiences who understands you and is more reliable than non-art friends will ever be for you.

If you remember these two lessons about perspective and focus you will not have a jealousy problem in life. You will succeed enough to be too confident and too cool to compete with anyone on anything, and you will be great at making friends who are similar to you. Competitiveness kills happiness AND success. It ruins your peace of mind so that your success doesn’t FEEL happy, and then you lose your motivation to go after more success. Soon you actually fall behind, because you are not pursuing success, and people start making fun of you for being a loser.

So–and this is a paradox–the way to stay ahead of the field and at the top of your game is to not compete with anyone on anything, but to push yourself for more excellence in a way and at a pace that makes you happy. For the formula to work, you have to let other people do the same. Those others will one day be your reliable friends, if you play it cool, and let the cosmos bring them to you. People with reliable friends are always the least jealous.

That is some art wisdom on competition and jealousy. Hope it helps.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Standards in the Art World

Since artists are often discriminated against for our artsy good looks, I thought it would be helpful if we could name the reasons for them. So I am calling all women in the art world to 2 hours of grooming and 1 hour of exercise every day, and all men to 1 hour of grooming and 1 hour of exercise every day–yes, that means 7 days a week. Make sure to switch up your exercises to give each muscle group a rest day between strength training workouts. We will also be doing a weekly weigh-in. Hopefully, the DHHR will not be as mean to us when they understand that it is just a professional art requirement to look hot, and that we use a scientific method to achieve it.

Since the literary world’s degrees don’t matter anymore even though nobody forgave their college debt, it is important for us to get a competitive advantage over the people we don’t like because they don’t fit in–though their degrees are better than ours, mysteriously. So I am calling for the following terminal degrees for literary-related professions. First, we will get our BA in whatever interests us, in order to show our personality. Then we will get the MAs we need to be safe when the police refuse to care about us–for example an MA in Psychology plus an MA in Social Work. Finally, we will get these terminal degrees to prepare us for our actual careers (this does not include our day jobs)–so that the Government will read our emails. Make sure to put the degree in the subject line of your email.

  • Small Independent Publisher: MA in World History of Books. Master’s Thesis will be available on website for $5 or less (plus shipping), or will be in either a University library or a public library.
  • Large or International Publisher: MA in World History of Books and PhD in Publishing. Both Master’s Thesis and PhD Dissertation will be available on website for $5 or less each (plus shipping), or will be in either a University library or a public library.
  • Professional Poet: PhD in Wordsmithing in the language of your poetry. Wordsmithing will be defined as the study of words in their meaning and context throughout the history of that period of the language–for example, Modern English. If you don’t list the language in your PhD that means you will never publish poetry in that language, unless in an unpublished works collection or personal essay. I will be writing only in Modern English so if I got this it would be a PhD in Wordsmithing in English. Someone else might get a PhD in Wordsmithing in English and Spanish.
  • Professional Fiction-Writer or Novelist: PhD in Fiction Writing.
  • Professional Freelance Essayist: PhD in Essay Writing. Anyone can publish an essay if introduced by a journalist. The following will be able to publish essays without a journalist introducing them: PhD’s in any field, business owners (sole or partial) at the Microbusiness or higher level, the self-employed, anyone in a healing or medical field, any educator, anyone authorized by their church or religion to do so, any professional artist or writer, anyone employed by a non-profit or think tank, and all elected officials. Government employees who don’t fit into one of the above categories can publish essays as part of an official government release, with or without an introduction by a journalist. So the PhD in Essay Writing is to describe yourself as a professional freelance essayist, instead of as a journalist.
  • Professional Writer of Nonfiction: PhD in that subject. This means all books you release will have at least 1-2 chapters in that subject area, even if it is in an appendix. So if you are breaking a story not in your field, you will have to add 1-2 chapters at the end in an appendix that relates the material to your field.
  • Journalism: BA in English or History with a major or minor in American Studies. Other journalism or communication degrees are optional.

Hopefully, this will help us to be taken more seriously, seem smart, and get welfare benefits like everyone else. One day, we will–God Willing–get our legal rights too.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Poetry and Romance

Like all professionals, poets are expected to uphold the basic values of their field–there are the obvious ones: literacy, intelligence, education, libraries and records, and a strong economy. Poets are also supposed to embody ‘Romance.’ This does involve sensuality, sexuality, conversation, friendship, and trustworthiness. Unlike musicians who are heart-breakers and burn bridges, poets are very loyal to their lovers and would never burn bridges with a former lover, since all of their lovers are considered assets to their life that they may bump into again on their life-long journey–not as lovers, but in some other capacity.

Writers do not care about marriage and children, since every book really is as much trouble as a child, and marriage takes up way too much time from the ‘kids.’ Your books you have released are always with you–when you are a writer–and they will always come back to haunt you at random moments throughout your life. They take forever to grow up before you release them, and then they continue to be a security threat and a gossip-draw and to need rescuing well into your last years of elderly life. Sometimes they die (go out of print), and you have to keep re-explaining who they are. They also–happily–often go out there and do a lot of good for the world.

I hope this helps to explain where we poets stand on love, marriage, and kids. Please check out my free essay ‘The Freedom to Love’ on my personal promotional site at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com for more on a poet’s thoughts on love and romance.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Poetry Look for Men and the ‘Structured Poetry Look’

I would like to suggest the following as the normal poetry look, with the ethnic flowy look only being used to express a strong commitment to community. Refer to the earlier post on the poetry look.

The men will stick to a structured look, as described earlier, and will use gray as their elegant color, and black as their formal performance color. Business wear will be in navy, brown, or some other color. When men want to wear something colorful, they will stick to bright or rugged jewel-tones, as described in the post on the term jewel-tones. When men want to wear something more understated, they will wear darks or neutrals. For men, the equivalent of the poetry bob will be in the simple sophistication of their clothes, which is a difficult combination of qualities to achieve and maintain day after day with every outfit. The men can further define ‘simple sophistication’ in their poetry look in discussions with each other.

For the women, black will be the formal performance color, and literary blue will be the business color for literary-related business meetings. This is a shade of light to medium blue that goes well with each poet’s unique complexion. Gray, navy, brown and other colors can be worn for regular business meetings. So literary blue will be the elegant color for women. When women wear darks or neutrals, they should stick with a relatively structured look. They should also aim for a structured look when wearing bright or rugged jewel tones. If they want to wear a flowy cloth it would be best in a dreamy jewel-tones color, but short and light-hearted is preferred over long and serious. Also, the poetry look for women involves boxy or square purses, and flats or short heels. Jewelry is small but posh, and wraps and scarves are welcome when worn fashionably and not undermining the overall poetry look.

Both men and women need to wear excellently-tailored high-quality coats and jackets. Male poets generally wear their hair shorter than the normal male haircut at any given time, and female poets wear the poetry bob or the closest to it that can be safely accomplished in a given country. Nails for both men and women should be relatively short, and clean and natural, with a natural shape. Poets like to be groomed, so hands will be manicured, and feet will be pedicured–though they may opt to do this for themselves rather than going to a salon. Women should always have their toenails painted, and can decide about painting their fingernails to suit each occasion or the work to be done that day.

The structured poetry look is inspired by proper paper colors throughout history, classic printing ink colors and classic pen ink colors throughout history, common gems today, and the current elite business look.

I hope this starts the discussion for the literary world.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Saving Microbusinesses Days

I am called to suggest that July 28th and 29th every year be ‘Saving Microbusinesses Days.’ These are days to pick out Microbusinesses that you like, or Microbusiness owners that you like, and buy something from their business. Can’t decide who to support? Imagine that you and the businesses are in the Wild, Wild, West, and you only have so much money (your budget) to give–who would you want to get through the next few months? Who is important to help build up the area in the future, or to be an extra pair of hands?

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Business Class Hierarchy for the New Age Community

I am called to share this: these classes are not based on income, revenue, or profits.

  • Class I: current small-business owners, medium-size business owners, and large business owners who are either sole owners or partial owners.
  • Class II: Anyone who could one day successfully run, if needed, either: a tourist shop, a fashion retail store, a grocery store, or a Microbusiness from their home. This includes the self-employed with clients.
  • Working Class: Entry-level workers and shift supervisors who may make low pay all the way up to upper middle class pay.
  • Disabled Class: Those with medical and/or occupational disabilities. All unemployed who are not stay-at-home parents are demonstrating an occupational disability.

The New Age community will tend to go from Working Class to Class II, and skip the traditional mid-level jobs in companies.

The New Age community is called to vote in elections only for candidates from Class I, and to pray that only candidates from that class are put forward. Members of the New Age Community who want to run for office should move from Class II to Class I, and succeed there for a period in preparation for announcing their run for office.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Prayer for Financing for the Art World

I come before the Lord now, on behalf of the International Art World–who are all my friends and irreplaceable assets to the show–to humbly beseech for us all, that we should be completely and lovingly–in peace and with respect and safety–funded in our work and life through the sale of links and acquiring of corporate sponsors–so that we are never again dependent on individual sales of our individual works. We shield this to be so, so that we may continue to give to our audience, for we are deeply fatigued as a people. And the show will not go on, and our work will not continue, if we are not lifted up by Thy Divine power and faith in us. By Your Glory and Your Great Mercy, it is so–now and forever after. Amen.

Prayer offered by Lilly Lekhan, American Spiritual Poet, and daughter of the Lord

Financial Record-Keeping for Microbusinesses

If you read my free essay ‘Organizing Ideas for an Entrepreneur’ on my promotional site at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com, you will read all that you need to know about keeping your records for legal purposes (combined with common sense about your society, of course) for a Microbusiness. If you are a business owner and want to take it to the next level, read my pay-for-access essay on the same site called ‘Sketch of My Handwritten Planner’ for $7. You have permission to print these essays after purchase.

I can tell you about basic financial record-keeping for a one-woman shop, and then you can head to some other blogs to figure out the correct way to do it, and how to do it if you have employees. These ideas are just to make sure you have the information down in a way that is easy (and cheap) for a lawyer to read. These are the records you will need to keep:

  • A spending log
  • Bills Due Calendar
  • Taxes and Fees Due/Renewals Due/Purchases Due Calendars
  • Daily Sales Record
  • 13 column ledger

These are for your business. You may want to keep separate ones for your personal life if they are relevant, or merge both info into one record. I have a little blank graph that I photocopy and fill out each month that has all the important deadlines, expirations, and other info I need to keep track of for my personal life. Let me describe each of the records above:

Spending Log: You need to enter the info from each receipt here (always get a receipt) before shredding or filing it. You want to enter the date, the price, method of payment including which credit card you used, a phrase to describe what you bought, and the name of the store where you bought it. Some people might include the time of purchase and indicate if it is a business expense or a personal purchase.

Bills Due Calendar: I have a form made up in a Word document that has each quarter on one page in landscape view. There are four columns: one for each month, and one for notes. Each column has 31 lines, and I just type in the bill name–use the company that you write the check to–and the amount due on the line of the due date. If you are not sure, put it where it will probably go with a question mark after. After I have paid it, I type in paid and the date paid, right after the amount. Type in any other info that you want to keep handy about bills in that quarter in the notes column. All bills paid go into the spending log as well.

Taxes and Fees Due/Renewals Due/Purchases Due Calendars: These are 1 page each, with all 4 quarters (or the whole year) on each page. I staple them together for a 3 page document. I have a form in Word that I use that has the number of each quarter and then the three months of each quarter under it. There are 3 columns: one for the name of the month, one that says ‘event,’ and one that says ‘date.’ I put what is due in the month that it is due and the corresponding date due from that month in the date column. I separate each event with a semi-colon, and separate the dates with one too. So if there are two events (two different things due), there will be two dates listed in the last column. List things in chronological order. It will look basically like this:      Month            Event X; Event Y;                   Date X; Date Y;

Include a blank space at the bottom of each page for notes.

Daily Sales Record: I modified the Bills Due form that I have in Word to turn it into a Sales Form. Each quarter is on one page, and there are four columns: one for each month, and an Expenses column–with 31 lines in each. In the header next to the month name is the total sales for the month, and above that at the top of the page is the total sales for the quarter. At the bottom of the Expenses column is the total expenses for the quarter, and expenses are in chronological order down the column. Somewhere at the top, indicate the time of day that you routinely record your sales–which is normally close of business around 5 pm. I put each type of sale in a different color on each date, and separate them with commas. Red is for subscription sales on The Sweetest Art List site, blue is for essay sales on my personal promo site, and purple is for sales of links on The Sweetest Art List site. I follow that with Fees Deducted (bank fees) from subscription sales in green, and then the Fees deducted from essay sales in black. Always use the same order and the same colors on any given form, and make a key to the colors in the notes or blank space of the form.

13 Column Ledger: This ledger is where you will figure out your taxes and profits. You should put one month on each sheet, with extra lines at the bottom used for monthly and weekly totals, analysis, and notes. Earnings and pay to keep will be in black, deductions will be in red, and summary columns will be in blue. Each date goes on a row, and after row 31, draw a green line across the page. Row 32, under the green line, is for the Monthly totals. Here are the thirteen columns for me, with their colors:

First, in the description column, I recopy the line from my daily sales record, with the same colors, and the same commas separating them. You can use a minus sign in either the daily sales record or the 13 column ledger description column when you are listing the fees deducted.

  • 1. Total Sales (black): Add up all sales for the day.
  • 2. Sales Tax WV (red): Column 1 x State Sales Tax Rate: My total sales take place in one State so I just multiply by the State Sales Tax Rate, which is fixed across all my products.
  • 3. City Sales Tax (red): Column 1 x City Sales Tax Rate: My total sales also take place in one City, so I just multiply by the City Sales Tax Rate, which is also fixed across all my products.
  • 4. Fees Deducted (red): Green + Black: I add the bank fees deducted from subscription sales to the bank fees deducted from essay sales.
  • 5. Personal Taxable Earnings (blue): Column 1 – (Column 2 + Column 3 + Column 4): I subtract both sales tax payments to city and state, and both bank fees payments for the day from my total sales. Now I have the money I actually earned, which is less than total sales, and which is taxable at a personal level. I pay the sales tax myself and don’t charge the customer, so for me it is a deduction from sales. If you are charging the sales tax to the customer you will have to rework this ledger. You should probably put City Sales Tax in column 1, State Sales Tax in column 2, and Total Sales in column 3. Then move the rest of the ledger to follow that in order, and adjust the mathematical formulas.
  • 6. Other City Taxes and Misc Taxes (red): Column 5 x (Sum of all Tax Rates)–use ‘NA’ if there are none: These are taxes that would be applied to my personal taxable earnings at the local level. This is only for taxes that are relative to how much I made. The rest I consider a one-time or multi-time fee payment. If I am not going to have any of these for the whole month, I like to use NA instead of zero. Multiply the personal taxable earnings by the sum of the rates.
  • 7. Federal Income and Self-Employment Taxes (red): Column 5 x (Income Tax Rate + Self-Employment Tax Rate): I am using the lowest tax bracket for this calculation. When I pay more than the lowest, I know it is a part of my relationship with the Government as a business owner and something to keep an eye on. You can reenter the info into a spreadsheet to recalculate it, once you realize your tax rate is going to go up–so that you have two sheets to look at to assess how you feel about the way the Government is relating to you. If you go with the lowest bracket, use the lowest bracket for all tax calculations, but make sure the maximum income for each level of taxes–for the lowest bracket at that level of government–is around the same. Multiply the personal taxable earnings by the sum of the Income Tax Rate and the FICA Rate (Self-Employment Tax Rate).
  • 8. WV Income Tax and Other Personal WV Taxes (red): Column 5 x (Income Tax Rate + Sum of all Other Tax Rates): Once again, I use the lowest tax rate. Then I multiply the personal taxable earnings by the Sum of the Income Tax Rate and all other Tax Rates.
  • 9. Total Taxes Deducted (blue): Column 6 + Column 7 + Column 8: This is the sum of all the taxes that are applied to your personal taxable earnings. Now you know how much you were taxed each day on your personal taxable earnings.
  • 10. Total Deductions (blue): Column 2 + Column 3 + Column 4 + Column 9: When you add the Sales Tax payments, to the Fees Deducted, to the taxes for each day on your personal taxable earnings, you have the total amount that was taken out of your total sales by the Government and your bank.
  • 11. Net Revenue (black): Column 1 – Column 10: Subtract the Total Deductions from the Total Sales to see your Revenue for each day.
  • 12. Expenses and Misc Deductions (red): Use Expenses per Day Average: Fees increase with sales, but expenses are usually on a budget and fixed, and mostly predictable. I set a budget for business expenses for each month, multiply by 12, and then divide by 365 to get the average expenses per day figure. I write this figure on each day all the way down the column.
  • 13. Profits (black): Column 11 – Column 12: When you take the expenses out of your revenue, you are left with the profit. So Total Sales minus Total Deductions = Net Revenue. And Net Revenue Minus Expenses = Profits.

You can’t get a perfect record of Profits because tax rates, fees, and the prices that go into your expenses are always changing. But you can get a general idea of how the profits are turning out, and how they relate to your sales. Profits are all for you–there is nothing left to do with that money but put it away or spend it on yourself.

This is how I keep my records for a one-woman shop, and it should get you started on figuring out how to keep your records for your Microbusiness. Hope it helps!

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Definition of ‘Cool’

The definition of the term ‘cool’ changes every 5 years because it is determined by journalists–who never were cool and never will be, because the spiritual values at the heart of their industry (and this is world-wide) tell them to be outside observers, and only insiders get the label ‘cool.’ I ask journalists to define ‘cool’ in this cycle as being the Microbusiness owner–and cool countries as those with the largest number of Microbusiness owners for the population. Once again, a Microbusiness has 10 or less employees in general, and in America, will probably sell 10 or less products.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Government Subsidies

The Sweetest Art List believes that government subsidies should be offered in the following categories, in order, in all nations.

1. Cheap or Make-Do Food that is nutritious

2. Grooming, Hygiene, and Cleaning Supplies

3. Quality and Traditional Food

4. One-person flats

5. Transportation to work and to the store

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Human Rights Discussion

I am called to suggest a New Age Definition of the value of a human life at $100 million to $1 Billion per person over every last person on Earth including the outcasts, the poor, and even the evil people. This is factoring in their potential for improvement and useful behavior towards society and is not about intellectual ideals or categorizations that we should force ourselves to believe in because they sound pretty or fair. Each human is an “asset” and needs to grow to the point where people see that they deserve to be thought of in that way, because of their contributions to society and to a healthy and happy higher social order, including a healthy and happy Divine.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

More on Microbusinesses

A Microbusiness–if taken up widely by Gen X and Millenials–will have 4 employees as a norm (though they may not be full-time) and sell 4 products as a norm. If the business sells 10 or less products and has 10 or less employees–either full or part-time–then it is a Microbusiness. Companies that are selling something small, say art erasers, may offer more than 10 products, and would be a Microbusiness with a ‘high number of products.’ Companies that have part-time employees may end up with more than 10 employees, and would be a microbusiness with a ‘high number of employees.’ The profit numbers won’t be a factor in determining whether or not a company is a Microbusiness, because in non-celebrity American culture, you can’t overspend your neighbors, and you can’t overburden the local banks with too much money or have too much money in another community’s banks, so most of the money for affluent business owners is going into stocks or bonds anyway.

Entrepreneurship means you went through financing hell, and usually that your life was at stake because of it, and you were in danger of homelessness which meant the company would die and you might never work again, because you would get into a cycle where it would be impossible to be interview-ready with a decent application and relevant resume. Most business owners who did not go through this financing hell because they were able to get loans that covered the start-up expenses, like to call themselves owners rather than entrepreneurs. If the government rolls out a financing program through the DHHR or the IRS, Microbusinesses will be owned by a ‘Microbusiness owner’–either a ‘solo Microbusiness owner,’ a ‘Microbusiness partner-owner,’ or a ‘Microbusiness owner’ when there is more than 2 and therefore the person is considered a shareholder, stakeowner, or stakeholder.

Millenials tend to distrust groups, unless their parents trust those groups, so amongst their peers in Microbusiness they will want to know the number of employees involved in a company. They will use the masculine unless there is a reason to use the feminine–for example, when selling feminine products to women which are often designed wrong by men. They will use terms like ‘one-woman shop’ or ‘one-man shop,’ both of which will be normal, common, and respectable forms of Microbusiness. They will also say things like ‘two-man shop,’ ‘five-man shop,’ and ‘eight-man shop,’ regardless of whether or not there are female employees.

Millenial Microbusiness owners will consider it a matter of pride to design a nice personal website for each employee that will have an identical landing page except for the employee’s name and descriptor, along with maintaining a functional and reliable company website.

Thanks,

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

More on terms in fashion and business

As an American poet, I feel I should define some basic fashion terms for the world in non-industry-speak:

  • ‘Custom’–an artist makes it herself, whether a fashion designer or a professional paid artist in another genre
  • ‘Couture’–the mega rich looking their best in a brand by a publicly-known fashion designer
  • ‘Designer’–what a celebrity artist would wear to a non-essential professional event or outing
  • ‘Quality’–brand name and lasting; low-key wear for business owners
  • ‘Handmade’–anyone makes it themselves
  • ‘Artisan’–made by a professional at hand-made goods who does that for a living, but has no intention of making it or selling it at the custom level

Also, the difference between microbusinesses and self-employed persons with clients is that anyone who is civilized, polite, and paying with the proper currency can buy a product from a microbusiness, but self-employed people are choosy about their client list because it is the most crucial part of their professional branding.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Jewel-tones

As a descendant from an old jewelry line in India, I thought I’d point out that the phrase “jewel-tones” needs to have an expanded meaning now that a larger variety of stones are common in jewelry in the U.S.. I wanted to start the discussion so that U.S. jewelry lines could make a decision on the matter.

It might work to describe 3 categories of jewel-tones:

  • Bright jewel-tones (ruby, sapphire, emerald, white diamonds)
  • Dreamy jewel-tones (amethyst, aquamarine, blue topaz, opal, moonstone, purple and pink diamonds)
  • Rugged jewel-tones (amber, jade, turquoise, pearls, garnet, yellow topaz, peridot, and yellow, brown, or black diamonds)

As a jewelry customer with–in my opinion–a pitiful jewelry collection, I would love it if jewelry stores would work into their business plans the percentage of inventory they will carry in each category. That way, other stores could come into town to fill up the under-served categories.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Microbusinesses

I am called to define a ‘Microbusiness’ for the business world and think it is an excellent business model that will be taken up by Millenials and Gen X businesspersons in the US. A Microbusiness is run by a business owner and a handful of employees, focuses on a few products at a high quality level relative to the customer market’s ability to pay, and is consistent and reliable in offering those products to the primary target market. The product and the company are always available to the target market, though they may be more unpredictable in marketing and sales efforts–and in overall availability–to other markets which are not the primary target market. The primary target market will be more or less specified, and more or less restricted, based on the financing that is available to the Microbusiness.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Business Math and Grading

I am calling for business math and grading to work in the following way for New Age businesses, shoppers, and employees:

Product at 100% = A.

Product at 95% = Passable: only if the 5% happens for political reasons. We are to haggle the ‘price’ with political bodies making them explain how their political hand really is strong enough to ask us to reduce product quality by 5%. We are to suggest that they only have the authority to get us to reduce it by say, 1.5% or 2.5%.

Customers who need a poorer quality product need to either buy a cheaper product, or buy from a company that routinely releases cheaper products than what we sell.

Business owners who are feeling fatigued or selfish, should release fewer products at the 95-100% level as described above, rather than lowering product quality for personal reasons. So–discontinue the product or sell the rights to it to another business, if you are tempted to lower product quality for personal psychological reasons.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Catalog Buying Week

I would like to propose an initiative for the city of Charleston, WV for the week starting with the Sunday on or after the 4th of July each year called Catalog Buying Week, and invite all cities in rural areas to propose the same initiative for their regions. This will be a week where we get used to buying from catalogs (which usually means buying full-price high-quality items, plus shipping) to celebrate Capitalism and to get used to the energy of bringing in money. From a psychological perspective, the high-quality items are a substitute for money, and though you pay money to get them, you feel on a subconscious level that you are getting more money back, and that you are getting money you don’t deserve back and doing so by buying products you don’t deserve–though in reality those products are affordable to you and you do have the spending cash for them. Please feel free to start your own marketing efforts for Catalog Buying Week in your communities!

Also, July 9th every year can be Capitalism in America Day, where we celebrate and give thanks for Capitalism, and educate our own people about the details of how to live in and support a Capitalistic society with the way they handle their money and purchases. It can be a day for companies to educate employees about how job tasks and duties assigned to them are ultimately supporting Capitalism in America. If your country is a Capitalist nation you can celebrate the day nationwide or in your home, but the day is not an ‘Economy Day’ where other types of economic systems will be celebrated alongside Capitalism.

For the New Age community, the Christmas shopping season could be a time for–after buying gifts–purchases on sale for oneself that are about self-love, self-soothing, self-pampering, and self-care. These include clothes, jewelry, purses and wallets, shoes, makeup, grooming supplies, cooking supplies, cooking ingredients, gourmet food products, and books or entertainment products. If you are New Age it is your duty to decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments, because the Angels say that a decorated tree–either fake or real–shields the community around it.

The Easter season could be when we–in addition to our spiritual practices and gratitude for Spring–plan or purchase travel and educational opportunities for ourselves, as well as purchasing work supplies.

New Age practitioners should ask for their birthdays off from work and should spend their birthdays by themselves, even if that means leaving town for the day or a few days.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations should be tied to astrology if they happen as a New Age event. Memorial Day is a day to give thanks to the Archangel Michael and to remember all those worldwide who were soldiers for something virtuous. Thanksgiving Day is a feast day, and New Age practitioners should cook a nurturing feast for themselves, whether or not they will also celebrate the holiday in a group.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Marriage Ceremonies for the New Age Community

I would like to suggest the following four levels of marriage ceremonies for those of us who are New Age worldwide–all of these are a statement of monogamy and a request that neither party be flirted with by outside parties:

1. Wedding Ceremony: a promise of multiple decades, the number unspecified; dress will be white, off-white, silver, or cream; includes ring exchange ceremonies of engagement ring and wedding bands, with daily wearing of bands in public mandatory

2. Commitment Ceremony: a promise of multiple decades, the number unspecified; dress will be pink, gold, or a combination of both; includes ring exchange ceremonies of promise ring and promise bands for both bride and groom, with daily wearing of bands in public mandatory

3. Dating Ceremony (Formal Dating Ceremony): a promise of less than two complete decades; dress will be any shade of purple, from light to dark; includes ring exchange ceremony of promise bands for both bride and groom, with daily wearing of bands in public mandatory

4. Informal Dating Ceremony: a promise of three years; dress will be any other color or any of the above colors mixed together; ring exchange ceremony and daily wearing of ring or bands will be optional. Green would probably be the best color for this dress because of its versatility of mood and expression.

A permanent marriage ceremony or one that is the equivalent of a promise of multiple lifetimes needs to be a secret ceremony, and only the most highly spiritually-initiated should be present with the couple. A blue dress is preferred for this ceremony–in any shade, or in a mix of blues, or in blue mixed with any other colors. The dress can be patterned or adorned in any way, and made of any materials, with any cut and shape.

Renewal of vows ceremonies should involve a new dress of the same color and new rings, if they are a repeat ceremony of a marriage ceremony the couple already had. The New Age community will generally have a renewal of vows ceremony every ten to thirty years, according to each couple’s romantic preference.

Another ceremony that can be considered for couples that are not New Age and want to be monogamous is an “off-the-market ceremony” which just says that neither party is available to date anyone else. The ceremony should be fun, and the dress should be cheery and sunny in yellow or orange. New Age couples will tend to not want to have sex unless they are ready for a three-year monogamous commitment, and so will opt for starting with the Informal Dating Ceremony.

The New Age community prefers to not cohabitate with ANYONE for any reason, because of our very sensitive spiritual energy bodies (auras). However, married couples can have separate dwellings in the same city, neighborhood, or block, and sleep over at each other’s places as often as they are both comfortable with. In general, New Age couples like to sleep in separate rooms, because sleep is profoundly healing for us.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The Financials of The Sweetest Art List

According to internet culture, I have decided to make it free for anyone to copy any of the navigations on my 4 sites, so I am voluntarily making it an open copyright. I am going to try and negotiate a tax credit from the government 5-6 years from now. I was asking them for government bonds anyway, which is like them not paying me anything. (No one will respond to emails at multiple elite companies and at multiple levels of the government, even though the emails are perfectly cheery and professional.)

Also, I am no longer looking for an equity partner, since I am planning on leaving all of my money to the Kanawha County Public Library and other libraries serving rural Appalachia, and I don’t want the library to lose any money down the road. Costs are minimal, and there are a bunch of laws that say the State of WV is supposed to give me money, and they are not as an act of outright crime and, I have to admit it, attempted murder.

I am no longer going to allow any universities to buy links on the site, because I feel that they have betrayed the trust of the American people multiple times, and it makes us all sad. 🙁 Instead there are going to be more link slots offered in the awesome products category.

So world—martinis up, please!—the universal website navigation is up and it is yours to use for free! YAY! The internet is SO awesome! OMG! 🙂 It’s always doing crap like this! Tell your friends where to head to get themselves a gorgeous, new, luxury, designed by a jewelry-descendant, model of their site!

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

What America Wants For The World

The American dream for the world is that all people should feel like human beings who are clean and smart, but only as it is true. Freedom is the way for each individual to pursue this at their own pace, and capitalism is the way for economies to develop so that it is feasible from a practical perspective.

Lilly Lekhan, American Spiritual Poet

Who Art is For

The art world believes that art is for paying customers, unless a patron–like a royal–wants to pay on their behalf. All paying customers have a right to purchase art when and where they feel like purchasing it, and it is a human rights violation to deny any group access to the opportunity to purchase art tailored to give them an art experience, and that includes the elite and educated market. The art experience elevates the person, and deepens the soul or increases empathy in the customer, to whatever small degree.

Lilly Lekhan, American Spiritual Poet

“Hate Terms” in America

In America, hate terms get applied to you when you don’t compete fair. If you resort to cheating, bullying, manipulation, control tactics, back door behind-the-scenes negotiations, or illegal and/or unethical activity, to keep a group down and in pain, or simply to outcompete them–or to outcompete any individual in that group when using group hate language and reasoning to accomplish your ends–you are considered a “hater.” Some examples of haters are: racists, misogynists, and homophobes.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

What America means to Indian girls

For us Indian-American girls, America is our mom. The best things about our mom: she lets us be smart and educated, she lets us be honest and authentic, she lets us speak our mind and get things out of our system, she lets us work, she lets us be independent and self-reliant, she makes it clear that girls are as human as men and therefore have to meet the same standards of valuing themselves, and being accountable to society and an asset to their mom, the USA. The land itself is our mom and the nation that developed is consistent with and an outgrowth of the spiritual energy of the land. The mountains of West Virginia feel, to locals, like a ‘maw-maw,’ or a caring and supportive grandmother.

Your local spiritual poet, Lilly Lekhan

The Writing Day Job

When writers realize–usually in elementary school–that they are going to be writers, they start the personal journey of developing two careers–their writing career and a second career that will be their day job. The day job needs to support their value system and be something that is soldiering for the security of that value system. So, they usually go into something that is directly related to protecting and/or promoting literature and advanced literacy. Writers get called to third and fourth day jobs and careers when more soldiering is necessary to protect the literary world and its output of literature.

Thought you’d like to know,

Lilly Lekhan

Lekhan Publishing House Needs Graphic Designers

Lekhan Publishing House is seeking to build an address book of graphic designers who will work for the publishing house on all design and font aspects of books for release, on a project basis, from your home location. Please send information to The Sweetest Art List using the addresses on the Contact Us page.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan

For Members: to get your emails remember to do this

To get your weekly emails you will have to click an activation link in an activation email you will receive. If you are not getting your emails, please check your spam folder, then contact Customer Service with the email you used to pay and the email address you want the weekly emails to go to, along with your name.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan

Lekhan Publishing House

Lekhan Publishing House is not currently accepting manuscripts. The publisher has not yet been founded, but you can read more about it on the Contact Us page in the About the Blogger section. If you are desperate, and only if you are desperate, we would suggest sending your rare text to the Charleston Police Department.

Thanks, The Sweetest Art List

About the Poetry Look

The poetry look has 2 versions–one is an ethnic look, in which case one expects to see a strong commitment to community in the poetry itself. This look is usually flowy with distinctive ethnic patterns and colors. The second is a structured look, focusing on solids–in either darks, neutrals, or jewel tones–and is sophisticated, refined, and elegant, while being simple and achievable. Nothing showy, materialistic, or fashionista should be in either look.

Poets love quality clothes but don’t want to be fashionista ever, because–like all genres in the art world–the poetry genre is careful not to step on the toes of the other genres, and understands that differentiation between the genres is central to the art world surviving as an industry of business.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Cool Uploads on our Promotional Site

You may want to head to The Sweetest Art List promotional site at PromotionalTheSweetestArtList.com, where you will find a clean copy of all the contents of the launch marketing packets–including our flyer and the awesome blue envelope we sent out–and an image of the founder’s business card. Our PR page is there too, where we update the International Press on our company, and you can read all the posts yourself.

Don’t miss out on the founder’s other writings!

Hi, this is the founder of The Sweetest Art List, C. Lilly J. Lekhan. I thought you’d like to know that I have a promotional site (at PromotionalCLillyJLekhan.com) where I sell some of my other writings. Head to the Products page there to read about the writings and then to the Store page to purchase them.

I have currently posted an essay there called The Heart of Editing, which is a short discussion of the primary values in editing, particularly as it impacts national security, and communities that would call themselves “country” in the US. It is a must-read for any bloggers, writers, or editors who classify themselves as “country,” and for others curious about the debate pertaining to areas in the US not near big cities.

The Founder’s Pictograph

So you may be interested in the definition of  ‘pictograph,’ if you looked at my pictograph on the Contact Us page. A pictograph is a pictorial representation of a writer’s full penname.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

The first mailing of marketing packets has gone out!

Marketing packets were sent to Department heads at Universities in the following cities: Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, and DC. For those of you who missed out on them, the entire packet has been scanned to the promotional site for The Sweetest Art List. Head to PromotionalTheSweetestArtList.com, and the flyer will be the first thing you see.

Thanks, Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Some More Definitions

I thought I’d offer some more definitions of the genre of poetry. You literary critics, poets, and writers can dispute these if you want. Substitute the male equivalent of these for men.

A verse-writer writes poetry for herself.

A poet writes poetry for an audience she can describe.

A talented poet is at the level of a creative writing major.

A professional poet wears the poetry bob.

A master poet writes poetry that is called ‘classic.’

 

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Definitions of the Genre of Poetry

I have seen a lot of flexibility in the use of the term poet lately, so I thought I’d share my definitions. I define poetry as ‘concise, beautiful, truth.’ I define a poet as ‘a person who writes poetry for a community that has an audience in it that the poet can describe, rather than writing for the historical record.’ For a woman in the US, a professional poet is ‘a poet who wears the poetry bob.’ Cutting your hair in the poetry bob is the moment when you come before God and the world as a poet and accept the duties and responsibilities of a poet, both to the genre and the community, and to God. The poetry bob is ‘a bob of your natural hair, demonstrating authenticity and a lack of shame about your heritage, usually worn around the ears, but for African-American women, often worn much shorter.’

Hope this helps all of you, and I hope you’ll share my definitions with the international press, who I think will find them particularly useful.

Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List

Important Note on Payments: Please Read!

Hey Subscribers–

In case the payment widget on our sidebar is ever not working, please consider mailing a check to me at the mailing address listed on the Contact Us page: which is PO Box 4723, Charleston, WV 25364. Make the check out to: Deepa Sampath. As you can see from the sidebar, the suggested price is $25 but I also accept payments of $5, $10, $15, $20, or $30, instead. This buys you one year of product, or one annual membership. Please include your mailing address and email address with the check, as well as your name, and the email address that you want your weekly emails sent to.

I am sure you can imagine that if the payment widget isn’t working on the site, even your $5 check will make a difference for me and be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Deepa Sampath (Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder)

Bummer!

Hey Boston!

Unfortunately, that Direct Mail Marketing Packet I promised you is delayed. Bummer! I am aiming for next week so check your mailboxes for that return label from The Sweetest Art List! Yes!

The first weekly email is still going out on January 16th, so get your subscription before then! Plus, you’ll get to see an original poem I put on the Archives 2014 page in the Member Archives section.

Yours, Deepa Sampath

Important Details for Members!

Hey Members! Here’s a couple of details to note:

• We won’t be re-sending old newsletters from before your subscription, but each post is in the Member Archives. Don’t worry, the weekly emails all look the same, so you’re not missing out. If the weekly emails are not getting to you, please wait 2-3 days and then contact Customer Service with your email address so we can add you to the subscription list. Make sure to check your spam folder as well.

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Links for Sale!

Ok guys–here is an illicit sneak peek into American small business capitalism! Yes!

I am offering Link slots on the Links page to display starting January 1st, 2015 for one year. The Links page is going to feature a brand constellation of PoetFounder-approved awesomeness! To keep the site looking so awesomely uncluttered I will only be selling 18 links: aiming for 4 in music, 3 in literature, 3 in education, and 8 in awesome products. And I WILL be pitching to the 3 schools I consider to be my alma maters: Boston University, Georgetown University, and Harvard University.

Links can’t feature ads and must have a clear distinguisher of your company or brand–like your logo or company name. You will be able to add your link, your distinguisher, and if you want, some text like a slogan. Links will be in a vertical scroll giving the page a roomy feel with plenty of space for your brand. I will be selling the links for $10,000.00 each per year (yes I did just let you see part of the confidential and proprietary business plan that will be copied by everyone else!), and I will be engaging in a super-elite direct mail marketing campaign at the beginning of January to faculty at universities in the Boston area (yes I just let you see the super-secret business plan again!)–YAY!

Because this website features an ongoing list, and because it is super awesome, I think the companies that buy links will stay on for multiple years ;)–so you’ll probably lose your slot if you don’t get in on this soon (Oh no)! Send me, Deepa Sampath, an email at bossgirl@thesweetestartlist.com if you are interested:).

Coming Soon:

The member archives are password protected. You will receive the password in your email after subscribing, and will receive new passwords in emails as well.

Also, I am figuring out how to get my posts formatted to follow the visual look of normal English free verse, for my original poetry.

Stay tuned!