In August, I contemplated leaving that cold place called retail for good. I definitely did not want to come back. Some crazy woman told me once that I'd never leave retail, and I think that spell is still implanted over my life. Joking, but still there's no way I'm going to let those bastard higher ups at that gas station push me around, nor am I going to let the porn-addicted, social media junkie, alcoholic customers stomp me into the floor neither.
If you're reading this, it's my absolute mission to get that passive income. Whatever or whoever stands in front of my goal I've set for 2019 is the enemy, and I will annihilate that enemy. Fine, maybe I'll go back to work for a short time, not because I'm succumbing but because I want to allow my brother the time to write his book. That alone motivates me to be prepared for my loss of freedom. That lady said that retail is easy money, I think not. More like sleazy crumbs.
I need to figure out just how to get everyone's attention, in order to do that I'm gonna have to start posting on the daily. While most people agree that every week is not enough, to me it is quite depressing to see a new track I just posted onto soundcloud only have like 5 plays. This track is titled "Buenos Stratos" and I made sure no one else had the name on YouTube when I searched it up. To give you an idea of how it sounds, it's your typical 808 hip hop beat, but not your typical synthesizer melodies.
And it's not that I feel like my music is trash, because I know that shit is dope. Do other people find it dope? I don't know, but maybe there's a marketing gap I'm not cutting through. Or perhaps people just aren't messing with soundcloud anymore after all the policy changes. I've lost a couple of followers so now I have less than the year before, but who am I to say I'm not the only one who's had drops in plays? Soundcloud might as well become the next myspace for music. And YouTube's the same way, pretty much everyone only makes less than 1,000 views. If you have more views than that, congratulations you're in the top 33% of YouTubers.
I'm not trying to be edgy or nothing like that, but my gut tells me doing several tasks at once is roadkill. I feel the burn as I'm typing this, yet I cannot let go. Tonight, no matter what I will promise to keep posting brand new content. Sure, I've been focused on too many websites all at once. Yes, you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket but when I quit my job dated for October 7, 2017 I had spent the entire month of October preparing my mind and senses for business. No, I didn't have a plan, so when I first started this journey I wasn't making anything, which was probably one of the dumbest things I could've ever done.
The truth is though I definitely don't regret leaving that place. I've enjoyed my three month vacation away from paychecks, and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else! So October was really me focusing on YouTube. Everyday I was uploading clothing and shoe reviews, which didn't get anywhere. Bleh, what a bad taste to start off nowhere. The cool part is that I bought myself a brand new refurbished PC.
November was one of the best months, though. I spent that month focusing on YouTube, Making Music, and waiting until black Friday. How come? Black Friday was when Vegascreativesoftware was having a discount, so yeah I wanted to buy it. Unfortunately, this part didn't get me anywhere either. November was spent listening to inspirational YouTube videos, and such.
December, ah what a joy. Last month passed by faster than you can say "where" December was when I got into the Teespring game, which by now you should know did not result in much. Not that I can't do it, but maybe it's not my calling. After all, we call this website Palma Entertainment for a reason. Furthermore, I just don't believe that Teespring is a viable business idea. I mean, you have to constantly put out winners and stay marketing t-shirt designs. Some people are okay with that, but to me it's just a quick rush and akin to playing the stock market.
If you only focus on one stock and dump money into it on faith, it may or may not work out, but the payout is more. But if you're trading multiple stocks solely for profit, then your always going to be chasing that dollar. It's a vicious cycle that keeps you coming back even if you lose money, all because you won a couple times. It's crazy but did you know that 90% of "day traders" make less than $8 an hour? You see, investors such as Christopher Gardner or Warren Buffet keep their attention on a selected few amount. Campaign based sites are like day trading.
With Teespring, you dump money in and out all the time. Everybody and their mamma is doing t-shirts. And yes, I know YouTube and music is just as busy, but let me prove naysayers wrong here since I'm in the defense of YouTubers/musicians. The music game is only saturated for mediocracy. If you want to sound like everyone else, yes that's been done a million times already. But because many others do it, doesn't mean you should.
I don't know, Teespring is nice but it's probably nothing like starting your own business via drop-shopping and using sites such as Shopify. And yes, even better than that is actually making the clothing yourself or doing private label. There are different levels to the game.
To wrap things up, I just want to explain to you that in December much of my time using Facebook Ads to market my Teespring / Teechip campaigns could have been used for building my website or marketing my music. Sure maybe I'll be broke if I go down the musician path, but well I did want to do Teespring so I could use whatever funds from that to invest it into my music. It's not all negative, however, I did learn a LOT from Facebook advertising and understanding my audience better. Therefore, I'll definitely apply it to my music brand.
This is my job, this is what I want. For better or for worse, I cannot keep accepting to follow someone else's rules. You might get caught up in trying to figure out your own business plans like I did, but keep it moving. Until next time everyone, I'm singing off ~
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Hi, I'm Kevin! I started Palma Entertainment as an ongoing mission to inspire creatives like you to pursue their goals! Here I give you my unfiltered opinions about everything & 100% real.