A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Getting Set Up

Now that I've decided on a name for my personal assistant business, The Errand Fairy, I've been super busy trying to pull things together.  Tina at Fat Girl Dives In is going to design my website, so I've been creating content in a word document for her.  Lots of editing and fussing and trying to get it just so.  I'd rather it be more personable than cold-sounding or ultra professional.  I want it to reflect who I truly am. 

Dwayne and I went to Office Depot last night and he bought me a planner/appointment book, a receipt book, and a mileage book to get me started.  So sweet!!  Today on my lunch break, I ran to the bank and set up another checking account as well as another savings account, aside from the ones I already have.  I want to keep this side business separated from my current paycheck/bill paying activities, etc. for now.  Next on my list to do this afternoon is to sign up for Google Check Out and PayPal as a means of taking VISA/MC as one of my payment methods.  I don't understand how either of these work, so I've got to jump in, do some reading, figure it out, and get them set up.  Just trying to get started is a lot of work!!  But I'm so looking forward to this new venture for 2011.  It feels positive...it feels good....it feels right.  :)

My friends Kim and Crys have already vowed to hire me when I get up and running and I'm so thankful for that!!  Having 2 clients before you even get your website up is encouraging, and I thank them for believing in me and wanting to help me get my business off the ground.  If I've got any fellow Atlanta bloggers reading...call me!!  lol

Hope everyone is doing well with easing into the new year.  Personally, I've taken off like a shot!  And I haven't forgotten that this is a weight loss blog, first and foremost.  I'll get to Walmart this wknd to buy those scale batteries, pay the piper, and get that show back on the road, so you'll be hearing more about that soon.

Before I go, I want to share something with you that made me laugh out loud last night.  I've got a blog friend named Matt, at Lots to Lose, listed on my blogroll.  He commented last night on my post about naming my business The Errand Fairy.  He said as soon as he read that in my post, his daughter came in and tried to sweet talk him into going to the store to pick up some junk food for her, and he turned to her and said, "I ain't your ERRAND FAIRY!!!"   lmao .....LOVE IT!!  Thanks for all of your support Matt, and to everyone else who has been wishing me well on my new endeavor.  Have a fabulous day friends.  :)


  1. Sounds exciting!!! Go for it, Errand Fairy! :-D

  2. Wow - you ARE off like a rocket. I have some in laws in Atlanta, and they know folks - so when things start I'll send them links to your website once it's up and running. This is all very exciting Tammmy.

    I think the name is good - catchy, current, with a little tongue in cheek. I'm picturing a logo of a winged sprite with your beautiful hair and sparkling eyes - and a crown of course.

  3. Look at you go! This is so exciting! Love the name, too. I can see it now, you'll be so busy, you'll have to hire assistant fairies!

    Best to you, Tammy, for a bright and shiny new year.

  4. I am so excited for you, you go girl, sorry, Fairy xxx

  5. Errand Fairy is very cute!!

    You can read about my journey at my new blog:

  6. This new opportunity sounds like exactly what you need to lift you to higher emotional ground! I find when life is going well and there is new excitement and hope, the eating is easier. I'm so happy for you girl!

  7. Good luck with your new business.

    As someone who has been successfully self-employed for the past 23 years, my one piece of advice to you is to view everything as a potential tax deduction. Save every single invoice. Categorize your expenses: car, office, entertainment (i.e. if you meet your web designer to talk about the website and have a coffee or a sandwich while you're talking, I think that's a legitimate expense), designate a room in your home as office space and deduct a percentage of your home heating, electricity, gas,etc.

    Speak to an accountant for an hour. It's money well spent.

    Be reasonable, but thorough with your expenses.

    Find out how many years is a reasonable amount of time to not declare a profit on your business. You might have up to 5 years. An accountant can give you this kind of information. Hopefully, though, you'll turn a profit, even if it's small, within the first year.

    All the best in 2011!

  8. Wow, I wish I was over in Atlanta! Think you might franchise into north Alabama?