Well, now what? A message for those wondering what’s next. - Ep. 1
I believe in the pursuit of financial independence, and I imagine a world where anyone who is willing to do the work, can be financially independent. I believe we should all be able to live a life with financial security. A life where there is no stress of losing a job, or fear of not being able to find one.
The problem is that we don't always understand what work needs to be done, the things that need to happen, or the level of effort that’s required to get there. This leaves us spinning our wheels, not taking action, and often paralyzed by fear. I would like to share my story, and real life experience solving these problems in search of my own financial independence. And hopefully, in the process, create a path for anyone to follow along.
I've always been interested in how people make money. It’s something that many of us don’t talk about in much detail. And that’s exactly what I’m trying to do here, talk about how a business is started, the problems along the way, the solutions that move us forward, and how people actually make money.
A few years ago I created a podcast asking photographers how they make money taking pictures. I was curious to know how people who work for themselves not only make money, but take the leap from a stable job, to the uncertainty that surrounds self-employment. In searching for photographers to interview, I found that there are artists of all sorts, not just photographers, that have similar struggles making enough money with their art to justify starting out on their own. Some struggled with having enough time to do it all. Others had troubles with making sales. It seemed that everyone I reached out to needed a little extra help somewhere.
Helping these artists with their financial independence will be what I focus on first.
I admit, I don’t know much about art. Now, that may be a handicap, but I’m hoping that my ignorance and naiveté will allow me to view things differently, to see opportunities. I’m hoping to bottle up a little beginner's luck.
So, where do we start this process? How do I help artists? I’ll start by asking them. There might be something really obvious that I can do to lend a hand. There might not be anything that stands out at all. Either way, my thinking is that it’s best to ask the artists. The artists are the customer here, and it’s important to listen to our customers, so that we can provide them the service and value that they need.
Naturally, I’m beginning from a position of more questions than answers. I have a bunch of ideas that I’ll test out to see if they hold water. I’m going to frame this whole process as an experiment. I’ll take what works and keep it, and take what doesn’t work and move it aside. I want to be as flexible as possible, to hold space for what good things may come.
As I’m exploring how my own business is built, and helping others build theirs, I’ll be sharing my experience, the good, the bad, all of it. I’m going to try and show how the sausage is made. I’m not guaranteeing anything; I have no idea how this is going to turn out. I don’t know exactly what I’ll be able to create, how long it’ll take, or if I’ll even be able to accomplish what I’m setting out to do.
Financial independence is not guaranteed, it is something that we pursue, something that we work towards. Work that involves showing up every day, and finding ways to improve people’s lives. Work that requires throwing away old stories and self-limiting frameworks. Work that mandates eliminating excuses from your life, and taking responsibility for what you have. And, I suspect, none of this will be easy. I am willing to do the work because I believe that we should all be able to live a life with financial security. A life where there is no stress of losing a job, or fear of not being able to find one.