December has been a challenging month so far. The annual budget has been hanging over my head since before Thanksgiving. When it comes to forecasting and predicting how much newsprint, ink, office supplies and utilities will cost versus how much revenue will come in from advertising and newspaper sales over the next two years, I find it painful staring at the spreadsheets on my computer, calculator in one hand and crystal ball in the other.
I made it through this budget season by keeping my eye on the prize. The budget was due Friday and as soon as I hit “send” I started packing.