Print on Demand – again with the Law of Attraction

Hello!

About a year ago, I discovered the idea of Print on Demand stores. The whole concept is fabulous, because you create designs for products (simple pictures), and another company handles creating the products and distributing them to buyers. You just pocket the difference in cost. You don’t have to buy any inventory to have a HUGE number of products! And I love this idea! No creating something that may or may not sell and having it sitting around forever.

I started a store right away. For a while, I worked on the store daily, but when nothing happened, I “gave up” on the idea. Then, the same thing happened a few months ago. I got the spark again. I revamped my POD store, created and changed a lot of designs, and I went hard. I was working on the store and advertising for hours each day. I actually had one sale. But I ended up stopping again because I went through a period of not having internet at my home. Since I can’t drive, I found myself biking to a local coffee shop to use their Wi-Fi, and that was an ordeal.

But my family was unexpectedly blessed by free internet at our home. And I’ve been getting a lot of signs about doing POD. Then, this morning, a thought just hit me: Why don’t I add law of attraction merchandise into my POD store!?! I’m excited to learn about it, and I’ve been into daily gratitude for much longer. Plus, I want to provide merchandise that makes people happy and smile and inspired. I want to work on creating some positive affirmations anyway, so I’ll just put those on different types of merchandise. I already have one design from my very first POD attempt that will work perfectly.

I do want to be smart about this though. I saw a post on YouTube about how it’s normal for people go to school for 4+ years to learn a subject but not normal for people to spend a few months creating a business. That got me to thinking. I did go off to college. I ended up not graduating because of several factors, but my initial life trajectory had me set get a degree. And that didn’t seem like a crazy amount of work.

A class in college is usually 1.5 hours twice a week for 3-4 months. Ideally, you would do homework or study for .5-1 hour a day on most days. So, I’m going to try out that type of structure for my POD store.

Here’s a possible schedule based on the “college class” idea:

My husband conveniently works nights and only .5 the week in 2-3 day chunks, so I’ll do a lot of this while he’s gone after the child is in bed. Because the fewer distractions, the better. On those days, I will spend .5-1 hour the first day learning something new with POD, and after that, and on the other days, I will spend 1-1.5 hours actively working on my POD shop. Today is Dec 1. I have an (kind of) unrelated goal to bring in $1K to the household by Feb,. Dec 1-Feb 28 is exactly 3 months, which just so happens to be roughly the same timespan as a college class. So my “class” begins today and will end Feb 28. At that point, I think it would be good to stop and evaluate (on a major scale – minor evaluations will be ongoing). And my class will have weekly projects due (new merch).

I’ve always had a knack for school. But this was problematic once I got out of school. School doesn’t prepare you for the adult world. But since that is how I operate best (fantastically, if I say so myself – I got a 32 on the ACT), I think I would do well to structure other practices similarly.

On a semi-unrelated note, I’ve also found that when people ask what I do for a living, if I say that I’m “taking care of the baby,” they begin to suggest ways to bring in income. Now, I can say that I’m working online from home. (I definitely could have framed it that way before, but I didn’t know what I was doing.)

I’m excited! This should be fun. I really enjoy learning, and I’ve finally figured out how to make that sound respectable to the public.

Stay tuned for some good vibe merch!

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