I actually laughed out loud (I'm in my house with only two kitties) because I just read everyone's bios and also thought "hmmm I wonder what I could make this person... and this person... what if I got this person.... " then read the above replies. Haha, I guess I'm not the only one who can't wait to be paired up?
I'm Katie, and I am a 24 year old artist and crafter from Ontario. I have a wide variety of interests, from everything cute, lolita style, fairy tales and mythical creatures (especially Jackolopes), Sailor Moon, Pokemon (favourites being Bulbasaur and Vaporeon) and exploitation/ grindhouse cinema (old horror, science fiction, included). I'm a pretty big geek, I play a lot of video games, my favourite being the Rune Factory series, and I never leave the house without my DSlite. I love bold colours, and I wish I lived in the 80's sometimes. I love to hand-sew and bring to life strange creatures, such as catopi (a cat - octopus chimera). I also have a huge collection/ army of plastic toy dinosaurs.
I'm so excited to do a swap, and make new friends. ^_^
I just want to let you know that until very recently I have been in the exact same boat. I used to be terrible about procrastinating, it was never that I was lazy, I was just bored and didn't have the ambition to push myself. I also think I was a little depressed, because, like you I work as a server, it sucks and I hate it. With graduating University last year, I really felt lost and like I wasn't going anywhere. What got me moving was that I set myself an ultimate deadline. I signed up for a local expo, which at the time was in four months, and then I just didn't have time NOT to work. I couldn't change the date of the expo, and I can't pull out, so in this case, it would certainly be deadly procrastination. But in the past few months, I have crafted so much, and I haven't been happier. After sitting down and really looking at my products, looking at my numbers and my productivity, I now have a business plan for the rest of the year that includes going down to working once a week at my waitress job (by the end of the summer!).
Although I don't entirely recommend doing exactly what I've done, unless you don't mind not sleeping and having a heart attack, I suggest writing out your goals for everything. Break it up, between crafting, building a website, setting up the business aspect, networking and marketing. Once you have all of this written down, start prioritizing things, and then start making short term deadlines (such as having three necklaces made, and writing your "about" section for a website by the end of the week). I also found it helpful to have my goals written out and hanging up where I can see it with places for me to "check off" what I've done. It constantly reminds me that I have more to do, and makes me feel good when I get to check off completed things.
There is some great advice in this thread. Brooky's post is actually how I am going about starting to sell things, and so far it is going well!
As for claiming income and taxes, I only know about Ontario: You don't need to charge taxes if you are not making more than $30,000. You should be claiming any/all income though when you file income tax, but you can't claim business expenses and costs unless you are registered. Legally, you don't need to register your business name if you are working under your own name however, only if you are using a unique business name.
I'm excited to post my first, completed project on Craftster! Hurrah! This is a three colour silk screen print that I did last year, and is a pseudo-reproduction of a movie poster. This was my first real attempt at silk screening, and I have certainly gotten better.. but silk screening is definitely not my favourite thing to do. I still love these prints though, and am fairly happy with how they turned out. ^_^ Any criticisms are greatly appreciated.