I've been thinking a lot lately, and quite unproductively. Maybe it's just a malaise brought on by the constant snow, but the truth is I feel I'm in a deep, soggy rut. The kind of rut you can't get out of on your own; you're in serious need of a push or two, or it may even be time to give up and call AAA for a tow. Because I'm just spinning my wheels, and sinking deeper and deeper into the muck. (extended metaphor- nice!)
Like this towboat pilot, I can't get off the bank; I'm just churning mud. I'm stuck.
If I had to zero in on one particular theme amidst the huge tangled mess in my brain, it would have to be frustration. The source of my frustration is this: I spend quite a bit of time making my art, but then I don't really have any time left to promote or sell it. I don't have time to apply for shows, or set up an etsy store. My frustration has almost reached critical mass- the point where I consider giving up. And I'm not a quitter; to the contrary, I tend to just keep beating my head against the same wall until either it moves, or my head starts to bleed. (Wow, two extended metaphors in one post- am I a literary genius or what?)
So, something's gotta give- either my head or the wall; either the barge or the bridge, you know? And when it hits, there's bound to be a lot of pain for somebody, and I think we all know it's not the bridge.
I gave up on this dream once before, because I had no choice. But now I'm trying, and I just can't seem to get off the bank.
Alright, this part (above) was written last night, and I'm now finished whining! Ugh- disgusting! I just did my taxes, and the numbers were kind of discouraging, if you know what I mean. I'm moving on to more practical things, such as questions that some of you may be able to answer.
1. How many years can you claim a business loss on your taxes?
2. How much does it cost to have an etsy store, and is it worth it?
3. I know this is hard to answer, but has anyone made a profit from selling things on etsy?
4. How do you generally get into shows- i.e. personal contacts, applications, other?
5. Does anyone do art outdoor art fairs, and if so, do you make much money?
6. In what way do you make the most money from your art?
As always, thank you for your help (and for putting up with me!). If you know anyone who you think might know the answers to any or all of these questions, please direct them to me, or me to them. And I promise to get an attitude adjustment before the next post!
p.s. I'm really not all about money (if I was I'd probably have some by now!), but it's either a business or it's not, you know? Also, it would be incredibly nice to be able to quit my day job...
Self-portrait: definitely my best side! haha!