Process of a new business

May 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Sometimes it’s really hard to judge the value of what I’ve been doing the past 8 weeks especially when nil income is brought in and only expenses are going out. On cold and rainy days like this, I find no excuses to venture outdoors and spend money I’m not earning, so I stay at home all day trying to do at least one ‘useful’ thing which might help me achieve my greater goal, whether it’s writing a new article or brainstorming on new artwork. As I see my bank account dwindling, there are days when I do feel like giving up. But deep down inside I know I will never be satisfied just living an ordinary life in the rat-race, depending on others for my day-to-day life. So let me remind myself on what I have been doing the past 2 months.

1. Develop a new homewares brand ‘s.p.y.downunder’. Current products in the making include throw cushions and napkins.
2. Worked on multiple designs for the brand, finally settling on 4 designs.
3. Sourced organic fabric, meet with seamstresses, look for hand screen-printers in Sydney, buy zips and get labels made.
4. Come up with a corporate identity, designed logo, business cards, and tags.
5. Bought domain names, configure business emails.
6. Research competitors, gather ideas, list possible retail opportunities.
7. Shortlist weekend artists’ markets I might have a chance of hiring a stall from.
8. Sign up to etsy and madeit, in preparation for the moment my products are completed and photographed.

The process has been a long and slow slog. Who knew so much logistics was involved in the making of a mere cushion? I do now. Still a long way ahead, 4 to 6 weeks to be exact until the first prototypes are done. It’s very exciting, but man, I still feel like a bum!


Bumming it up

May 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s 4pm and thanks to this wet and rainy weather, I’m still in my pajamas curled up in bed with my electric blanket set up to high. So far all I’ve done today was record a Skype interview with my ebook publishers who are partying up in Argentina. I’ve been trying to think of some new designs and also attempting to write a new article for Indie Travel Podcast. All from the comfort of bed. Bed is so good! I can see this entire week getting ridiculous. I am an official bum! I know someone who would not approve!


May 24, 2010 § 3 Comments

Not having full-time employment is:

1. Sleeping 10 hours a day and getting up after 9am.
2. Still in my pajamas at 11:30am on Monday.
3. Having lunch at home on a weekday.
4. Watching Sex and The City re-runs on Friday afternoons.
5. Sifting through 50 metres of fabric in my tiny apartment.
6. Researching origami.
7. Emailing everyone I know about my ebook. Two reviews out here and here.
8. Facebooking. I hate Facebook.
9. Writing travel articles again.
10.Hosting a slumber party for the girls so someone else other than me can lounge around in pajamas at home.

E-book sneak preview

May 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

The kind folks at Indie Travel Podcast have done an amazing job with my 10,000 words. Doesn’t the cover look fabulous? I’m so excited. Check out a sneak preview here, and sign up on the ITP email list to get some extra perks, like the awful podcast I put together last week! If, just if, enough people sign up and actually part with real money for this on a regular basis, I just might achieve my goal of quitting the rat-race forever. So, sign up, sign up!

Baroque Bistro

May 5, 2010 § 3 Comments

Over the weekend, after a mediocre visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay, the companion and I unexpectedly stumbled onto an excellent French restaurant at The Rocks for lunch. It’s a place called Baroque, right at the entrance to the markets. It’s got everything you would ask for in a swish restaurant. The view, the ambience, the food, the wine, and most surprising of all, the excellent price. We didn’t have high hopes, as the last French restaurant we went to, La Guillotine, was disappointing to say the least. However, imagine our pleasant surprise when the most amazing and indulgent lunch was served, topped with refreshing French wine and the most wonderful entree I had ever eaten.

For starters, we had boudin of snapper and Crystal Bay prawns, terrine of skate, cured scallop, green olives, arugula. Don’t ask me what the last one was, but it’s seafood and it was perfect. For mains, I had a ocean trout with prawn bisque, and the companion had a special rainbow trout. Whole. It may not sound like much, but at the end of all that food, we were too full to have any of the delicious looking desserts and pastries on the menu. We spent another hour digesting our meal over the rest of the wine. It was fantastic. Even the companion, who is French and historically demanding and fussy about French food in Sydney, was so pleased he gave them the biggest tip I had ever seen him give. In fact, it might be the only tip I had ever seen him give.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I’m so going back there again soon.

Podcast attempt 2, 3 and other stuff

May 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

After ITP graciously decided my first podcast attempt wasn’t as rubbish as I thought, I went a little crazy last night and recorded not one but TWO additional podcasts. Good grief. They’ve promised me to edit it so it doesn’t sound rubbish. I don’t like how incredibly un-Australian I sound but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Life has been busy. I seem to be busier now that I don’t have a full-time job. This month looks like it’s going to be a rollercoaster. First there’s the launch of the e-book, which is going to involve interviews and live chats with potential buyers. Second I’m developing a new homewares brand which is going to involve lots of logistics, sifting through fabric, and knowing the difference between grey and charcoal. Third I’ve been getting more small but fun private architectural jobs which is going to involve photos and drawings and all sorts of kitchen/bathroom dilemmas. With all of that combined, helping my parents with immigration paperwork, and maintaining a relationship all the way in Mosman, I’m pretty worn out. But in a good kind of way.

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