Saturday, October 24, 2009

:: go indies ::

{ photo credit: from susanlprince's flickr photostream }

brian and i are worst case scenario budgeters, so there have been several years in our eight year history (okay, there have been eight years) when there was some doubt that we'd break even at the end of the year. with law school and graduate school and then with loans and mortgages, money's always been, well, let's say snug.

recently we've been having a lot of doubt about making it through 2010 without accumulating some serious debt. we've got some plans and things in place to help and since we've made it through every other tough year we've just assumed we'll make it through next year.

but now things have taken a turn for the worse. suddenly, we're worried about making it through this november let alone 2010. needless to say, my wheels are turning. there's only so much more saving and scrimping we can do, so now it's time to come up with a way to make more cash flow in. i don't know if that means i'll be seeking more freelance work or taking on new projects or what. i'm still in the beginning brainstorming stages.

my business is quote-unquote successful for a new independently owned business. i'm approaching my one year anniversary with more than 800 sales and (just barely) in the black. but it's just not right. i work so hard, put in so many hours, i am seen as having been successful in my first year out, and i've literally made peanuts. i know that's how things work but it just doesn't work for us.

anyway, this holiday season, i'd love it if you'd keep people like me in mind. sure, you can get your christmas cards at target this year, but think about all the people like me who run these great little businesses and who make something like $800 a year when all is said and done.

support the indie movement.

and that's the word.


Cameron October 24, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

Here here!! I just bought the print-at-home feel good cards from you and--as an etsy seller myself--try to buy handmade whenever I can! :)

tenthings. October 25, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

oh, so true. so true! we indie artists love what we do and put so much energy and love into each creation. not for the money, but for the sheer need to create.

then reality sets in, and we realize that we must make a living doing what we love or else we may not be able to do it anymore.

so, i'm with you 100% on this one.

please support the indie movement. please.

Cali November 1, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

i'm glad you put this out there... i haven't actually thought much about presents yet this year, but now i've got a fire under me to buy homemade. thanks for the reminder!