On Money and Brainstorms

I remember my grade school English class, when we learned about thought bubbles, or whatever they are called.  It was a way to teach us how to brainstorm, which was something I had already been doing but had no word for.

I brainstorm A LOT.  Likely because of my anxiety and the fact I am an overthinker.  I use it in my writing life, of course, as I am supposed to, but I use it for other things as well.  Today, we are brainstorming.  We, being me, Kevin, and Sahar, as they are the two friends I have spoken with already this morning. 

See, I need about 200 bucks.  $250 would be better, but I can cover some of it.  I need money so I can make money, which is a sad truth that I hate but alas, here we are.

My webhosting is up on brigidhannon.com at the end of the month, and I also need to host this blog, which is something I could actually monetize in the long run.  But that means about $250 due at the end of August.  Since it is unlikely that I will sell 40 books this month, I must look for other avenues of income.

Sahar suggests a “Mommy Day Package.”  She says I should charge $150, take care of kids all day, and provide a meal prepared for when mom returns home.  I could do this easily…and honestly all I would need is two takers by the end of the month.  Though it would be better if I could say I was CPR certified…sigh.  Another instance of needing money to make money.  Still, I am considering it.

Kevin and I talked about Patreon.  It’s a platform for creators to share their work with subscribers, and I think I might give it a go.  I don’t know if I could make my goal, or anything really, but it might be worth a shot.  You get subscribers to pay a couple bucks a month, and each month you put out content just for them…so I would post stories or essays or poems a few times a month that would be solely for the viewing pleasure of my subscribers.  It could earn me a few bucks and use my talent to make money, which is the dream, y’know. 

Then there’s the option of selling things.  I don’t know where to even start there.  I have quite the bag collection, but truth be told, none of them are in resale shape.  I love my bags HARD.  I have one pair of rarely worn Kate Spade Ked’s that I adore but are slightly too snug on me.  They are about the only sellable thing in my house.  No…this won’t work.  I don’t even have enough materials for a garage sale.

(From the far reaches of my brain, a whisper: “you have Mulder and Scully Barbie dolls still in the box up in the attic.”  Me, louder: “NO!  My aunt Barb gave me those!  Also…Mulder.”)

Anyway, I’m off.  I’m going to research this Patreon thing.  I think that might be a solution, if not immediately, perhaps for the future.  More to follow…

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