April ShowersWednesday, April 21, 2010 19:32
So far the end of April has turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought. I had a lot of stuff in the pipeline to get out at the end of this month but the tides have turned against me.
The First Blow:
I believe it was around April 10th, I had just gotten back from a week long trip to Key West to visit family and work a bit on my iPhone app. I got back home rested and full of new ideas, until I checked the mail. Seems the day after I got back I got a lovely letter from the IRS saying I owed over 10k in back taxes. Over 10k… I went a bit pale and called up my accountant. Normally he mails me the taxes due (quarterly) I go to the bank and pay them, no problem. But it seems that one of his letters got lost in the mail and I never got it. It was this letter that told me I owed the IRS this extra 10k. So the taxes were never paid. Ive got the cash to pay them, it is just quite the blow to see it vanish when you thought it was yours. To add insult to injury the IRS taxed on a good 1.5k in fees and intrest for being less than a month late, we are working on getting them removed. Taxes due the 26th, gotta remember to sign in a pay them…
The Second Blow:
My iPhone app has grown beyond my design and needs to almost be completely reworked before its released. Not a problem except at the same time I figured this out my program got flaky. I don’t know what his deal is be is business or personal but hes almost fallen off the map. Slow to respond, and slow to get things done. Its been 3 weeks now without a finished version 1, 3 weeks to fix 2 little bugs. Ive finally gotten hold of him and we talked it over, I told him if he is not capable of doing the work I will find a guy who is. Hopefully this will get him in gear, thank god for escrow.
I had been working on importing some products from China to get into the online retail space. Durring said time I found a product and found that I can drop ship it before I stock it. Awesome. So ive spent 3 weeks building a online store and setting up amazon sales. I find out after I pay amazon the $30 that they have the category locked and I am not allowed to sell stuff in it. No refund allowed they duped me into paying them to not be able to sell anything. On top of this I learn that the drop ship guys are super flaky. They have no need or want for drop shippers, you have to pull teeth just to be told whats in stock and don’t expect to be told if it sold out. Customers have no problem waiting weeks for shipments right? The store has finally launched though and they say everything is now in stock, time to see if this is a waste of time or not.
Lots of bad news so far this month, lots of scares. There is a sense of worry each time I get the mail now. You can’t let stuff like this get you down though. I continue to try my best push though this mess and I hope that next month most of these problems will be resolved. I also have a few more projects I have thought of, maybe their launch will go smoother.