The talk with my wise mama (and another that followed with both her & Dad) that I alluded to earlier has resulted in this: I need my own store-front . . . well, office, really . . . in town. In supporting myself financially, what is it that I really WANT to spend those hours doing? The answer is my photography & photographic notecard business. Both locally and online. What's the second-best way to support myself financially? My graphic & web design business.
Now, I've been trying to get the 1st business up and going from home since March of '07. The graphic & web design business has been hovering over the ground for about 2 years, I'm guessing. And, as much as I believe that I CAN overcome my personal obstacles because working (at those jobs) from home is SUCH an ideal situation . . . I can't. I just DON'T have the self-discipline. I need to GO somewhere to work on those things. Have a space where it can all be spread out all the time. And, yes, I could convert one of the rooms here in the house to be my studio, but the fact is that I like each of the rooms just as they are (if they were CLEAN - ha!) . . . and my office (room) isn't large enough.
I need to have SET HOURS in my studio / store-front. I need to be able to tell clients / customers WHERE they can meet with me. WHERE we can go over, in person, what they want done regarding a website. WHERE they can see some of my photography and choose which images they'd like me to make into cards. I have my cards in two business in town, but I'm not keeping either of those stocked properly . . . or with timely inventory. For example, the flower shop wants Father's Day cards. Father's Day is 4 days away. Do I have any of them in there? Nope. There's an art gallery in town that wants to carry my cards. I think this last winter was the 2nd that I'd promised the owner to present them to her quarterly-meeting juried committee. And I still haven't done it.
I'm in danger of losing a website client right now because I can't commit definite hours each week to the work. At the moment, I'm sure she doesn't find me very dependable. I've already done about half the work for her new & improved website . . . hours which I won't bill her for until the job is complete . . . but if I don't finish the job (or, more to the point, she finds someone who WILL right NOW)? Well, I can kiss those couple of hundred dineros (already spent in hours) away.
So! Here's my plan: these past couple of days, since the night of my revelation, I have been shopping around town for office space. I tell them that I'll be a good financial bet since, as a renter, I'll hardly ever BE there (to begin with), and I'll rarely (if EVER) be there at night . . . thus using the barest of utilities, etc., etc. I've had 4 strike-outs so far, but one of those folks have a possibility opening August 1st. I really need to get into something before then, though. Like, next week, if possible! Today, I'll be on to the 5th in my line of options.
Okay. In all its jumbled ramblings, I'm gonna post this w/o further ado (or proof-reading). I fix any errors later. :) I'm pooped.