Crafting the income you desire starts now.
Maybe ‘desire’ is too strong a word. Maybe we shy away from strong words like desire because they wrap themselves around our tonsils and stick needles in our vocal cords.
Desire is most often equated with a wish – a strong want or feeling. You can check out dictionary.com for more insight, if you like. For me, the word works because we baby boomer women (and not a few millennial women) have a great desire to increase our income in 2019 and beyond. I suspect some of us don’t have an income – if you discount social security, which is isn’t income, it’s money being repaid to us – so we’d like to create an income.
I used the word craft in my title because it denotes a need for creativity. Crafting is inherently obvious in those hobbies that require your hands. Jewelry making, cake decorating, knitting, sewing, even writing. We craft stories, we writers.
Other folks use their talents to inspire, coach, support, care for, or otherwise influence another person’s world. They craft, also, but in a different way. Their skills are in voice, and the warmth of touch, and in experiences shared, and in teaching.
What Is Your Desired Number?
My number is $4500. That’s the bottom-line amount of income I want to make in 2019. I will be happy with it, once I achieve it. It will allow me to do things I might not otherwise have the cash on hand to do – travel, buy new clothes (shoes!), take my grandchildren here and there, any number of things I want to do that might be beyond my budget at the moment.
My other number is $10,000. Oh yes. That number is where I am striving to be. That number gets me far beyond the counting-pennies-life so many retired folks live. That number allows me to invest for the days when I am no longer using my craft to bring in money, but I am happy to rely on the money I’ve invested wisely to support me in my old, old, old age.
It’s good to have a number. Having a number gives you a goal. Having a number inspires you to move forward. Having a number brings a bit of excitement to your life. After all, when you reach the first number, how excited and ready will you be to move on to the second number? Tremendously excited, yes?
How do you get there?
You plod along.
No, that’s not right. Plodding along sounds like drudgery. I don’t want you to live in a world of drudgery. How awful is that?
You get there by putting in the effort and the time, but you do it with joy and anticipation. The joy and anticipation you already feel when you craft your products or services and when you see people's faces light up when they buy from you.
It’s moving beyond the day to day world too many of us adopt when we retire or leave a job, or become empty nesters. The result is still the same – you are now in charge of your life, you are your own boss, what you do every day is your choice.
I don’t want you to be working towards a number or a goal just because you have to or because I tell you to do so.
I want you to embrace the creativity in your soul and use it to soar. I want you to allow the love you have had for crafting jewelry, or for photography, or for baking or for teaching to come forth. I want you to watch the possibilities unfold before your very eyes.
Believe in it! Build it! Become it!
At Old Dog Learning, my husband,Tom, would say he wants you to become ‘unstuck.’ Too many of us were stuck in dead-end jobs for too long. Or, we had jobs we enjoyed, but they weren’t the careers we dreamed of, once upon a time. Others were homemakers and got joy and satisfaction from it, but with the children grown and gone, something is missing.
That something is the essence of the woman you were born to be.
Just think of it!
Just think of it! Taking the essence of you and turning it into a business! Bringing in that extra cash you want. Your business! Attracting new customers every week. Your business! Owned and operated by you.
And business it is. Do not forget that! You may make it a little business, that does not take up much time, but still brings in a good income, or you may make it a big business that grows over time and rewards you with a great income, the choice is yours. The important thing to remember is that it is a business. It’s your hobby turned profit and that makes it a business.
I'm looking forward to 2019 and 2020 and beyond, with great joy! I'm building programs and workshops that will give you the tools and training you need to craft the income you desire.
All you have to do is bring your talent and creativity, and your desire to learn the steps needed to be successful. I will provide the place to learn, and the supporting materials.
Your first assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to subscribe to my Smart News newsletter for weekly content delivered to your email box. Content about starting or improving a business. Content about staying focused and not losing heart. Content about the tools you need and where to get them. Good content. I encourage you to do it now.
Until next time, craft more – worry less. You got this.