I have been teasing for awhile that I would share how I keep my sponsored & paid posts organized. At the end of the year, us bloggers have to pay taxes & it’s a really complicated process if you don’t keep track of every single thing you pay out & receive. For my binder, I wanted to keep it simple & easy.
a three ring one inch binder
divider tabs (enough for 12 months)
monthly calendar printables, of course I can’t find where I downloaded mine, but this one from Seven Thirty Three is divine
one sheet protector
I bought a couple of personalized notebooks from Minted to use for my random bits of inspiration. There are times when I am overloaded with ideas, but I need to revisit them to see if they are a good fit for my blog or if I should save the ideas for later on.
I also use a monthly printable calendar to keep track of sponsored posts for the month. This is not how i organize & schedule my blog posts. I do that in my planner. This binder is strictly for tax purposes, so I only use the calendar to record appropriate posts.
Directly behind my calendar is a sheet of paper for my income. Income means anything that you were paid or an item of value that you received. All those fun things us bloggers receive throughout the year count toward our income & we have to pay taxes on that stuff so needless to say, it’s pretty important that we keep track of it all.
Since it’s kind of hard to keep track of how much an item is that was given to me to review, I usually go to the product website & print out a screen shot of the amount the item is worth or I print out my email correspondence. If it’s a post I was actually paid for, I print out the PayPal receipt showing that. Everything gets stapled together per post, I highlight pertinent information, add in the date the post went live, & then stick it behind my income divider.
As for expenses, I do the same thing. Things like my Internet bill, my PicMonkey subscription, my Rafflecopter fees, & more can all be written off, so I make sure I print those out each month as I pay them. And I put them behind my expenses divider.
Naturally, there are expenses that I need to purchase from a store. Things like printer paper, office supplies, etc. I keep a sheet protector in the very back of my binder for all of my receipts. I highlight the items that were specifically purchased for my blog & throw them in the little protector & voila! Instantly organized.
I will be sharing more with you all on how I schedule my posts & plan ahead when I update the Peep My Planner series next month. I couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peek though! Also, if you love this sweet font used on my photos as much as I do, go get it for free at Chelsea Beeswax!
Holly is a self-described SoCal Mama with a Michigan heart. The mother of a blended family, she is passionate about normalizing step-mother and step-children relationships and bringing awareness to the ever growing blended family lifestyle. Holly is the creator of popular lifestyle blog OurHollyDays.com and writes for her local and regional newspapers as a recipe columnist. She is a lover of holidays and a stationery addict who is never without her trusty planner.