When is it the right time?
This is a question that I have asked myself more often than maybe any other question during my adult life.
“Should I do it now?”
“Do I wait?”
“If so, what am I waiting for?”
This last time, I was planning on waiting. I was actually going to wait until the Fall. Like maybe October/November or 2021.
Then the fabulous reviews started coming in! I was sooo excited from all the happy feedback that I was receiving and the comments that were being posted online.
“Maybe, I should ‘ride this wave’ of positivity and do it now?!”
I thought about it for about two days. It felt like I was thinking about it non-stop.
“Okay, let’s do it this month!”, I had decided.
I prepped my pages, I created visual imagery, … I LAUNCHED my second Crowdfunder….
… and it was quiet, very quiet.
“What did I do wrong?”
“The reviews have been so great! I don’t understand. Why is no-one backing me?”
These thoughts have run through my head now for days.
I have placed my paid advertisements on facebook, Instagram, etc.
Then all of a sudden, my thoughts clear.
“I did not build momentum! I did not offer FREE shipping! (even though it placed me in the negative financially last time).”
So, now I am thinking…… “What can I do to make this a success?”
I have taken a few private wholesale orders now that will cover the next print orders costs, but the campaigns may end up showing as a fail.
“Fail?!, but in reality, I am not failing. I have a total order of 25+ tutorial book and 20+ art journal books on order as I type this.” (for this second print run)
As an FYI, I actually added the KICKSTARTER campaign , as that platform lets people search for what they may want to back, where as CROWDFUND does not. On CROWDFUND people only see your campaign if they have followed your link to there.
I naively thought that KICKSTARTER would be easier…lol. The things we learn by doing, right?
I have been sent private messages from people letting me know that they plan on ordering, but are just waiting for their next pay check. “I hear you, I completely understand & I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
This ‘new normal’ (for lack of a better phrase) is a HUGE learning curve.
Because of not being able to be contracted out for my ‘regular’ teaching jobs and then having to leave my retail job in Spring of 2020 due to my choice of being able to have my MOM in our small family bubble or having her not be able to see ANY family for well over a year…. I have not had any Government funding (CERB) in almost a year.
This is not me complaining or saying that I want any of you to financially support me. This is me stating that I am working by butt off trying to find my new rhythm while also being able to pay the bills. I am trying to find my BALANCE and, truth be told, it is a struggle.
I am STUBBORN, I am a GEMINI, & I am POSITIVE that I am on the right track!
I am not giving up, I will not give up! This ‘feels’ right! This makes my heart & soul sing!
This I am doing both for myself and for you.
If you have read my BLOG this far and just do not have the financial means to support me, I hear you.
Can I ASK You a tiny favour then? Can you please SHARE my campaigns in whatever way you can?
THANK YOU from my creative soul to yours!