Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why Writers Sometimes Need Other Jobs

Like many people in the creative field, I derive practically no income from my writing. Not that I expected blogging to pay the bills, but in the three years I've been blogging, I've made a grand total of $600. Jealous? Of course not. And you're probably thinking that $200 a year isn't that bad, but $500 was from this year alone, so yes, if you are calculating right now, it took me two years to make my first $100.

Those first two years were dismal, but I forgave myself because I was going through chemo and radiation. However something had to bring in the cash while I awaited my big break in Hollywood, and the only other thing besides writing that could possible bring in money was my crochet work. So I reasoned, why not sell the items I make while I wait for my screenplays to sell?

At first I considered selling my crocheted items through etsy, eBay, or Craigslist. And then yardsellr became another option, and now that I'm also making jewelry, I've decided that another alternative might be to open my own online shop. An ecommerce website builder would allow me to create a professional website with my own shopping cart and product catalog. I could offer PayPal, integrate shipping methods, generate invoices, allow friends to sell items through my shop, and basically provide all of the services a "real" shop offers, except that most of it would be completed online.

The only thing that bothers me about that scenario is the actual work involved in photographing, packaging, shipping, and receiving payment for each item. I think I will need a "detail" person to handle those facets of the business so I spend can spend my time writing, researching, and crocheting. Any takers?

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