A couple of years ago I started a small business for my storytelling and speaking events. It seemed to be the smart thing to do. That way, I could claim a portion of my taxes, electricity and telephone expenses. And I could recover my HSTat year’s end. I was certain that I would be rolling in money in a matter of a few years. Bahahahahahahahahaha!
As it turned out, the money rolled out instead of in. Let’s see, what did I spend money on? Beautiful business cards, pens, an expensive LED Projector for my awesome PowerPoint shows, facility rentals, refreshments, advertising, gasoline, printing at Staples, and professional development, to name a few.
Don’t get me wrong, I did it happily and willingly and I haven’t a single regret. So, what am I complaining about? Actually, I’m not complaining about anything. I’m sorry if I created that impression. I will continue to do what I love, even though I plan to shut down my business at the end of December.
Aha, maybe I needed an agent because no matter what I did, I found it next to impossible to break into speaking circles, especially ones that paid money. Money aside, I am convinced I have a story that countless people, especially women and Christians, need to hear.
I have reflected on my situation and I plan to head in a different direction, not motivated by money because I am independently wealthy…just joking. Seriously, money has rarely been my motivation for doing anything. I am contented to have the basics of food, shelter and clothing with a little bit left to meet my friends for coffee EVERY morning.
More about my new direction. I plan to share my mental health story, A BROKEN MIND, whenever I have the opportunity. Not a cent changes hands. I just ask for an opportunity to sell my CD, my book of funny stories, LIFE MATTERS (as in everyday life), and a few note cards and other odds and ends that I have.
I want to visit support groups, Women’s shelters, healthy living high school classes, service groups, church groups, community groups, adult education, coffee groups, agencies, to name a few.
My new theme will be “Have Wheels, Will Travel.” More about another opportunity next week.