I tend to identify myself as a writer. When people ask me what I do I say I write.
I’ve been challenged by some people I trust to make sure I know the difference between me and my writing business.
The truth is I don’t really get the distinction and if I didn’t totally trust the people making this suggestion I’d probably blow it off. I don’t at the moment see why it should make much of a difference.
After all I do write; I’m more than my writing and I do all sorts of things that aren’t writing. But I do write about many of those things – all of life is grist for the writing mill.
One friend suggested I might begin to understand what for me is becoming something of a koan, that I begin to look at what my business needs. Here are a few of my initial ideas:
My writing business needs its own bookkeeping. I actually do this, but only partly. I operate everything out of one checkbook, but I mark some as business and the rest as personal. I used to keep two, but when I changed banks although I have two, I couldn’t seem to keep either balanced so I went to only one checkbook. So starting to treat the business by making that distinction and using the business checking account for writing business income and expense makes sense.
My writing business should pay me a salary. To tell you the truth I have no idea why this should be true, except that it might help make the separation between self and business. Maybe that’s reason enough.
My writing business should have its own saving accounts. I tend to hold off on bigger ticket items until I have cash. There’s no reason I couldn’t do the same with the writing business – that is, set up savings accounts for it.
Hmmm. Those all have to do with money – but my hunch that isn’t the only way to see the writing business as different from me. But I’m stuck at the moment for more ideas. This will have to do for now.
How do you tell the difference between you and your business? Why is it important?
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