I wanted to share with you what I’ve been working on the past few months. I’m taking Just Paint It to the next level. Not just a blog, a once-in-a-while thing, a craft here, a painting there. No, Just Paint It is becoming a real, true business.
It’s been in my mind for years, but obviously, between being a caregiver and then losing 3 loved ones in two years, I didn’t have the time or energy to build a business. Or rebuild my old mural biz.
After Mom died, I knew I had to come up with some sort of a plan – something that would include my artwork but actually cover my living expenses. We had been sharing expenses and she basically has no estate, other than the little cabin in the mountains that we’ve been trying to sell for the past few years. Since I’m not getting any younger myself, I needed to come up with a plan that would not only pay the bills, but also provide residual income for future years.
I’ve been hinting at things here and there – video painting classes, more self-licensed products, pet portraits. But each one of those is a business in and of itself. Trying to do all three at once has been making my head spin. And that’s not including the blog!
So I sat down and started drawing up a business plan – expenses, projected revenue, marketing, business license, etc., etc., etc. Luckily I’ve done business plans before so it only took a couple of weeks. Once I had everything in spreadsheets and laid out I saw the problem . . . in blinking neon. Well, sort of.
There is no possible way for one person to do everything needed to run this business.
It became obvious – finally – that I was gonna need help. I kept track of my hours for a week and where I was spending them. Guess what? I spend about 10% of my time painting. TEN PERCENT!
It was clear I was going to have to outsource some – okay, a lot – of tasks. So I poked around online to find some people to help. They’re out there (I’m still looking) but of course they charge money. Um, I just paid for two family members final arrangements and things are a bit tight right now.
I looked into fundraiser sites but they just didn’t feel right. Then a friend told me about Patreon. Patreon was set up to support artists and creatives. It lets you become a patron of creators you like.
That felt right to me. This might be a way for me to hire extra people so I can actually get some painting done, videos shot, products made and listed.
I’m praying it is.
I hope you head over to my Patreon page and check it out, but before you do, I want to make sure you realize how it works: Patron donations are automatically made monthly. Yes, monthly.
But they start as low as $1 – which winds up being $30 for the year.
I mean, you can donate whatever you choose, just know that it’s will be deducted monthly from your paypal or credit card. AND . . . you can stop it at any time. There is no longterm contract or anything.
I hope you’ll go check out my page. If you don’t want to donate, that is perfectly fine. The fact that you’re even reading this is a huge gift. But I’d appreciate any sharing of my page and just some positive thoughts for the success of Just Paint It, the business. They have social media sharing buttons right at the top of my page.
So . . . hopefully I’ll find the perfect assistants and designers. And hopefully I’ll have the funds to hire them so I have more time to create. And hopefully I’ll actually be able to delegate these tasks and not think, “Oh, it’ll just be easier if I do it myself.”
Been there, done that. A few times.
Once again, thank you for your support, your understanding, your love. I don’t think I’d . . . no, I know I wouldn’t have made it through the loss of my loved ones without my blog readers. And I know I wouldn’t have even dreamt of an endeavor as large as this without you reading my posts, commenting on my projects, and offering your encouragement.
If I could pay bills with encouragement, I’d have no worries at all.
Thanks so much.