#PlanLikeABoss- Helping artists build successful careers
#PlanLikeABoss- Helping artists build successful careers
This 12 month planner is specifically geared toward helping artists organize, schedule and plan for their career as a working artist.
This 12 month planner is specifically geared toward helping artists organize, schedule and plan for their career as a working artist. Read more
Starting a business selling my abstract paintings was one of the hardest things I've ever done, and it was a tough move to make that was born out of necessity. If you will indulge me, I want to give you the short version backstory to #PlanLikeABoss.
I started out as a scenic artist who landed a dream job almost right out of college. I worked with an amazing team lead by an amazing and inspiring man. He was my friend and mentor. The group of about 6 of us were incredibly passionate about theatre and we went through the trenches together to make some of the best theatrical scenery I have ever seen. My mentor always pushed me to be better, to be inventive and think outside the box, to make solutions out of the worst situations. Almost a year ago that man died of stage 4 lung cancer. The team fell apart, and long story short there is no longer a sense of drive and passion among the people who still work at this "dream job." I am not and never have been the kind of person who can just show up to work with a clock in clock out mentality. I put my soul into everything I do and I cant do that, then its time to move on to something else. I can do two things really well in this world; painting, and making lists. I am a type A list maker from hell. So it made sense to me to branch away from this company and work for myself, selling my artwork. For anyone who has done this/is doing this, you know its hard as hell.There's so much to remember and keep track of. For months I struggled through trying to find the best planner/notebook to keep all of my stuff in order, but nothing worked. So I created my own, out of sheer necessity. I want to share my planner with all the creative inspiring artistic CEO's of the world. It helped me get my crap together. I was overwhelmed with how much stuff I had to do every single day, and even more overwhelmed when I couldn't find the notes I had taken yesterday because they were in a different notebook. Honestly, if nobody else but me finds this planner helpful then that's ok, but on the off chance that there are more people like me out there looking for structure and direction then I have something to offer. As they say, fortune favors the bold who get shit done! Actually, Sophia Amoruso said that, and I trust her judgement. So if you're still with me, read on and see what there is to see.
This planner will help artists track things like
-To Do Lists
-Social Media Planning
- Monthly Expense/Profit Tracking
-Yearly Expense/Profit Tracking
-Organize your art
-Client Contact Information
and plenty of space for notes, lists, reminders and anything a future CEO might need to keep on hand daily.
I am a very hands on person when it comes to creating, so it makes perfect sense to me to be completely involved in the production of these planners. Based on personal preference I have decided that offering WIRE-O bound notebooks with front and back hard covers is the best option, instead of the hardback book that is pictured. I was unhappy with the paper quality that was used and decided that I would much rather produce these myself! That way I am in charge of assuring TOP QUALITY.I have done extensive research on the creation of WIRE-O bound notebooks and have compiled a list of items needed to get this project up and running.
Below is a breakdown of what I plan to spend the Kickstarter funding on, with the intention of buying in bulk and producing 250 planners to begin with.
28lb bright white paper for interior pages- package of 250 pages is $14.95 x 250 books = $3,737.50
Chipboard front and back covers- 1 package of 32 boards is 27.45. 8 packages of covers @ 27.45 each = $219.60
Printable covers- 2 per book = 500 covers. Bulk priced at 100 for 17.90. 500 covers = $89.50
Printable interior stickers- 2 per book = 500 covers. Bulk price 200 for 8.10, rounded up to 600 covers = $24.30
White 50 mm white metal coils- Bulk package of 50 for 116.50. 5 packages of 50 = $581.15
Weight scale for shipping- $16.99
Protective shipping envelopes- 100 for 8.75 rounded up to 300 envelopes = $26.25
Approx. .05 printer ink per page @ 50,000 pages = $2.500 ink
Industrial paper/chipboard cutter- $129.62
Industrial coil binding machine- $199.95
Grand total comes to = $7305.26 + approx $760 in fees =8065.26. I rounded up to 8100.00 to make it a nicer number.
I already own a good printer so no need to purchase there, and I already own the newest version of Adobe Illustrator to do all my designing in house.
Because I am doing the printing myself, I will be able to offer the option to customize your cover art, or if an artist wants more space for notes or sketching and less space for blog post updating I can customize planners specifically to the needs of the individual.
I've always had a fondness for small US based businesses, so I intend to purchase all of the supplies needed from small companies. In the same regard, I have every intention of building this into a fully realized and developed company, meaning that I will be creating jobs for artists.
WHAT COMES NEXT:
Right now I am in the middle of converting the context of this original dated planner into an undated version, so that this planner can be used at any point in the year to kickstart your business. I will also be offering this undated version in the mini and full size version, and will still be able to be customized.
At this time, because this company is still in the very early beginning stages, I am only going to be able to offer domestic shipping options. The goal is that by this time next year I will be offering multi language planner options that can ship internationally to artists all over the world.
I am very excited about this project and am open to suggestions from artists on how to make this planner/workbook even better!
Risks and challenges
I have spent the last 9 months researching and developing the content to make #PlanLikeABoss the best it can possibly be, and I have been using it with much success recently. The only challenge that I can see is in marketing. I have been successful in marketing my art career, but it took some time. My plan is to market through all of the same avenues that I currently market my paintings, website/blog and all social media sites. This should save time and money in start-up because I already have an audience. Also, the better half of my current audience is made up of artists who could benefit from a planner built specifically for their industry. I plan to put these planners on the market around the middle of October, so that anyone who is doing early Christmas shopping for themselves or others can give this 2018 planner as a gift at the end of 2017. Perfect timing.
Since I will be manufacturing these products myself, I am not worried about any delays from a publishing or book printing company. I am purchasing the majority of my materials from local stores, so there could potentially be some lag if they run short on materials. However there are always other options for purchasing materials online from other retailers if this becomes an issue. Of course I would prefer to purchase locally, but if I have a deadline to meet a supply shortage will not stop me.
Domestic shipping around Christmas time is always somewhat of a toss up. The majority of the planners will be produced and packaged ahead of time, but I hope you understand that if a planner is ordered the day before Christmas, there is a chance it will not make it on time. I will do absolutely everything within my power to make sure these planners ship to everyone in a quick efficient manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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