Thursday, July 01, 2010

Droppin' Dough On A Mystery Project?

So I've been thinking for a while about a project I might want to try.  I don't want to let the secret out because here's the deal ~ I don't have the supplies needed to even make the attempt. 

Don't think it's anything so simple as going to the store and buying something like pipe cleaners...

...or glitter...
  

...or paper and scissors...


The thing I want to try requires an investment of $350.  That's three hundred and fifty dollars.  This is nothing to smirk at, at least when you're as frugal as I am.  Oh, I can easily drop $300 on a few cases of wax because I've been pouring candles for over a decade and actually know what I'm doing. 

That's the thing ~ with this new project I can't even start small.  $350 is the bare minimum I need to invest to without even knowing if I'll enjoy creating the product, and that says nothing about creating a product that will actually sell.

These are the things that plague a small-time business person like me.  On one hand I want to jump into anything that could be fun to make and also turn a profit.  On the other hand, I have to pay attention to the budget.  It kills me to have to think like a corporate fiscal manager.  It takes the fun out of creating.  But then back to the first hand, you have to spend money to make money.  And then my mind gets to being really chaotic and twirly and I don't know what to do!

For now I think the project is going to be put on my Outlook Tasks under the category of New Projects.  I'll see how the summertime shows go and perhaps I'll be lucky enough to make some extra change to make a capital investment.  There's that fiscal manager lingo again.  Ugh!

Why, you ask, am I telling you all this?  Several reasons.  1) Maybe some of you are in the same predicament, wondering what to do, and it may ease your mind to know you're not alone.  2) Talking things out like this clears my mind a little, and what is a blog if it isn't a place to clear the mind?  3) I'm here to serve as a small reminder of how we can't always just jump into a project simply because we think of it.  Sometimes the reward is in the waiting. 

But your curiosity may be piqued.  What is this grand scheme I'm pondering?  Here's a sneak peek...

3 comments:

Danger Kitty said...

Since you are being so hush-hush, I can't offer concrete advice... However, I'll offer up that often times studios will rent out their space an equipment. It would likely be a drastically cheaper way to test out your interest level.

Sara said...

Sorry to be so vague, but I'm the type who thinks if I say something out loud I have to actually do it.

Your information is really valuable! I feel a little silly making such a big deal over a piece of equipment, but I'm always scared to spend too much money on the unknown. Hint: it's not a kiln or anything.

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