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