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WInter Woes AKA It's an Artist's Life

Friday, September 27, 2019

I live my life how farmers do. I have my busy season and then I have a slow season.
April through December I usually do okay. I sell my soaps, body care & nail polishes to stores, at markets/shows and online. I have my handwoven and hand spun textiles that I sell at markets/shows and some on Instagram and Facebook (not often online, but I'm trying to figure a way to build it up).

I am busy now. I work 7 days a week making something. Or packing orders. I work anywhere from 20-40 hours a week. It depends on my mood.

I'll soon be going full throttle hustling until right before Christmas. Then I'll do some small restock of stores afterwards and usually one restock of a spa I sell to usually by the first of February.

And then I stress. Omg. I have found that I hate winter. Because my sales go down to almost nothing. I have to reel my money in and hope I can live off of savings. I have to still purchase supplies and prepare for the next season and then customers do want to buy some things.

I am going to do some soapmaking classes this winter to bring in some cash. Limiting the number of people so that they can fully benefit and I can do it in my soap workshop. I am considering setting up an online video too.

I have been at this for a long time. I used to love December. My birthday month, the holidays. But now it's hustle and pick up as many sales and shows as I can feasibly do to make as much to get through the winter. I will have at least one tired crying jag.

And then winter comes and I have that anxiety of am I going to survive? I should just get a day job with set income.

Then I realize that I have the opportunity to set my own schedule and I have so much freedom in my life and I always survive. If Ii worked elsewhere for someone else, then I would lose my autonomy and freedom.

At least I know what to expect. LOL
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    I know you must love the things you do and the satisfaction of making it your own is worth more than money for you. Great that you can do this! emoticon
    48 days ago
    Wow, your workload and income fluctuate quite a lot over the year!
    I imagine that takes a lot of planning and adjusting for you...
    It is good you have a positive outlook, I hope you will find new solutions this year.
    48 days ago
    yes, It's hard when you know there's going to be a season without income. I teach ballet from October to the en d of June, and then the school closes from July to the middle of September in line with the Spanish summer holidays. My boss has me on a 9 month contract, so all year round I have to try and put aside a third of my wages to cover the months when I will have no income. Like you say, It's knowing what to expect and preparing for it as I, like you, couldn't bear the thought of working a regular job. I'd love to see the products you sell. Can you send a link? Do you sell oversees? Where are you based?
    49 days ago
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