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Why you should not spend money to start your buisness!

.This year I’m learning a lot of things about starting a platform, be it FB, YT, Blogging, even a new business etc.

One piece of advice that I am mostly getting from YT is the biggest load of porkies I’ve ever seen.

Here it is:

“Buy this first! Then that! And fork out money for this this this this and that that that that that that or you will NEVER EVER be successful until you’ve dumped your entire bank account into it! Lol!”

If you’re just starting out with your platform as a side gig, this is the worst advice you could possibly get. I’m convinced that the people who give this are purposefully trying to sabotage beginners so that they don’t have competition.

And here’s why the advice is bullshit:

With what money, bitch???

If this thing you are starting is just a side hustle/hobby, you should not be pouring all your money into it, as other ‘famous’ people suggest.

In fact, side hustles should be almost if not completely free for you to start up. The point is that it is something you enjoy and it brings in a little extra cash. If you’re haemorrhaging your entire bank account into it, it’s not a side gig. It’s a main hustle. And you’ve just put all your eggs in one basket, which is probably the stupidest financial decision you could possibly make when you’re starting out.

Just look what happened to all your favourite YTers when the ad apocalypse happened. When getting paid just to turn on your camera and do whatever first became a thing, everyone jumped on the bandwagon. People even quit their jobs to do it full time. It was at this point that I saw their failure coming a mile away. How do you even expect that to last? Some of them didn’t even back up their paid-to-film-their-boring-life with merch, which would have been the most obvious next step for me, before I even knew anything about money. And yet they continued to sit on this one income, expecting to do the same thing over and over forever. Then the YT bubble collapsed. Suddenly you were wading through piles of videos of YTers screaming at their cameras “BAWWWWW the money disappeared! I can’t pay my bills! Give me money!” And that is how perfectly good, talented people dumped it all to become e-beggers, just to pay their bills for the mansion they bought with their YT money. And how is this YouTubes fault? You didn’t even have a backup. Or you can go back to the dayjob you abandoned for a platform that was never meant to last.

But not all of us are those YTers. Some of us are massively underpaid in their main day job, if not downright unemployed. We’re using what we actually have. The end, that’s it. Sometimes you’re forced to spend what you don’t have. If you have to skip meals to pay bills, pay all that first before chucking money you don’t have at all the latest overpriced crap that some YTer told you to buy in order to be a YTer.

And if you are some big name touting that one has to have a certain ‘quality’ of expensive crap just to get anywhere, if you are shooting people down by saying they will never get anywhere using second hand, obsolete supplies because that’s all they can afford: Shut your fat gob!!!

Jenna Marbles sometimes still uses her phone or a webcam. So do many other big YTers. You don’t need an entire production studio when starting out making little videos. One of the latest trends today is Mukbang. The most important thing in those videos is the food, not the overpriced Hollywood camera used to film it. Some Mukbangs aren’t even edited. They don’t need to be edited. So no, you don’t need the latest software used by Weta Studios to edit simple videos like Mukbangs. ASMR, vlogs, mukbangs can do perfectly well edited in a broken version of Microsoft Movie Maker.

All the best YTers and influencers started out with the cheapest crap. Including the ones giving you this dangerous advice of affluenza. They are hypocrites who are straight up lying to you.

Starting out with arts and crafts, you don’t need the most expencive equipment and supplies, anyone who tells you otherwise is setting you up to fail. Bob Ross used cheap paintbrushes I could probably get from the Warehouse or even a $2 shop. Right now my strategy is to sell small, cheap paintings and use all the profits to buy more art supplies. That could be your goal too.

I’m doing this because do you honestly think I can afford the highest end of oil paints while unemployed and disabled? LOL.

And pouring money into writing as a side hustle. Are you serious??? I haven’t heard much ‘advice’ demanding that you do this. But anyone who tells you to empty your bank account just to write is an absolute scam artist.

Of all the hustles I’ve mentioned today, this should be the most inexpensive, if not FREE to do.

Writing should be done anywhere on anything. Anyone who screeches that you ‘need’ to buy and buy and buy and buy this and that overpriced software/supplies before you even start writing should be slapped! This software should be tools to help you and make things easier for you, not requirements to just bashing your words down.

I’m using Open Office and am slowly transitioning to Google Docs. I am now boycotting the moneygrubbing scam that is Word. Over $100 to use a writing software for only one year???? Really??? Are you high on something, Microsoft? Linux is killing your business! Some of us have to save up for months to by a new pair of pants from the Warehouse! I will use whatever software I have at the time!!!

And all of that is when I’m not physically writing in an actual notebook with an actual pen, both of which shouldn’t be overpriced either. Anyone who tells you that you ‘need’ some speshul pen and speshul notebook/paper for some massive price is scamming you! Your pen and your paper for writing should be special to you, not your wallet.

I’m even avoiding using a professional editor. Everyone in the writers’ groups will scream at you that you ‘need’ one. But once again: With what money, bitch? Editors aren’t free!!!! They charge money for good reason! They need to eat too! So I might go with another option, or just straight up skip that step before I publish. An editor is something I could get once I’ve actually made money from my books. Otherwise, I have nothing to pay an editor with. And as an artist myself, I couldn’t bring myself to pay them in ‘exposure’.

And then there’s book covers. Yeh…

Book cover artists should absolutely be paid. With money. Which is why I can’t have one. Being an artist, again, I will do it myself until there is money.

This ‘advice’ is one of the biggest ripoffs I have ever seen. Even when you actually have money, it’s a massive scam.

Even if you don’t want to make money, even if you just want it as a hobby, you shouldn’t be expected to spend too much on it.

If you do want to make money, you still shouldn’t spend too much, only what you can, especially if there is no money for extra things in your life. It should support itself. It should not make you homeless because you put all your eggs into one basket.

There is an endless amount of actually good business advice out there, I’m just starting to find it myself. Affluenza is not good business. Quite the opposite actually.

And I am more than happy to use better quality stuff if someone buys it for me 🙂

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Why you should want fame

Everyone keeps telling me “you shouldn’t do it for fame”.

When they talk about starting and building a YT channel or blog or any kind of social media platform “you shouldn’t do it for money or fame”.

And that seems to be the best advice they give and everyone stands up and cheers.

 

Bullshit.

 

Why else would you do it?

And what are they doing? Exactly that!

 

Here are some good reasons for why you should want fame.

I will use myself as an example:

My dream is to publish books and create art. Say I’ve finished a book or a painting. What do I do next? If I want to get it out of my house, selling it is a good option.

Tell me, how TF am I going to sell something to someone when they know nothing about me or the product? Explain.

Would you buy a product before you know it exists? How does that work? When do you buy a product? Usually, after you know it exists, that’s how it works in reality-land. What are the products you buy the most? The famous ones!!! The ones that are well known for providing exactly what you are looking for.

To sell a product successfully you need to know about Marketing. What is marketing? GETTING SOMETHING FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to sell something without getting famous, you’ve already failed and I don’t know why you would even bother.

Even Banksy is famous. Who the hell is Banksy? I don’t know! No-one does! That’s the point of Banksy! And yet he is famous! Even trying to be anonymous and ‘anti-fame’ will get you famous if you want to put something out there.

To all those hipsters who follow all the latest ‘underground anti-fame’ stuff, sitting on your high-horse, looking down your snotty nose at everyone even slightly interested in ‘fame’: just WTF are you doing? How do you even know about that ‘underground’ stuff? Because it’s bloody famous for being underground!!! And thus you have contributed to the concept of fame.

 

If you honestly believe you can completely escape fame by doing this, you are delusional.

If you honestly believe you can churn out work and get some views etc without needing fame to get you those views, you are delusional.

Even if you don’t want views or subs or follows or likes, you still want to get your message out there, don’t you?

And how will you do that?

First, by getting eyeballs and earholes onto your message.

And what form does that take?

Views, likes, follows and subs.

So what is all that called?

That’s called fame, honeybun.

 

If you honestly believe that fame and getting your message out there have to be completely separate, you are delusional.

 

If you’re not doing YT/blogging/influencing to get famous, maybe you shouldn’t be doing YT/blogging/influencing.

2018

I spent 2017 flinging Cvs everywhere. To tell you how successful that is in Nelson I will just say that today I spent all day watching random YT videos and the day before that. And probably all of tomorrow.

I used TradeMe for a while. Once I had cut the jobs I couldn’t physically get to via tricycle or bus with arthritis, then cut the physically impossible due to disability work, then cut everything that expected me to magically get experience from nowhere, I was usually left with one available job in total. I couldn’t even say if I were interested in these jobs, it was too early to say anything like that because these were usually jobs I knew nothing about. But I flung a CV at them anyway. I wanted part-time work for experience, as I had none. I still got rejections anyway. Even once I could put my familiarity with a cash register on my CV.

2018 I will be giving up the search as it is wasting time and energy that could be spent on art and writing, the work I actually want. So I am looking for side gigs that I can make out of this work.

Solo artists are small business owners. Artists are a brand. So I will need to focus on things like that at some point.

This year I need to focus on one project at a time because I am usually all over the place and I still have projects that have been sitting there literally for years.

In 2018 you might see more of me on this blog.

Happy New Year! Hope yours will be good.

2017

2017 was Ok. I got a lot of things done but still am not where I need to be.

I started driving, relationships, did a few thing out of my comfort zone.

I was seeking retail work this year but didn’t get any further than the Opshop job I already had.

Next year I am giving up wasting my time on job seeking to focus on my art and writing. And I would also like to learn more about driving.

I don’t know what to expect from next year. Whatever happens, hopefully I will be more reliable with blog posting.

Autistics Can’t

I started this project for my own selfish reasons. I needed a reason to actually get up and do something. I needed a list of things I needed to achieve. I have been stagnant for about six or seven years and I desperately need a change.

I have named this list Autistics Can’t because it is mostly a list of very basic milestones. And I used Autism as an example because ‘can’t’ is the only word autistics and the disabled ever hear, regardless of whether they actually can or not. ‘Autistics’ and ‘can’t’ shouldn’t even be used in the same sentence.

So lets see if Autistics actually can’t do any of these things. The rules of this list is that it must be an ‘autistics can’t’ statement you have heard from or been told by someone else. The burden of proof should not be on autistics to disprove such a strawman argument. We expect to see evidence that we can’t do any of these things, signed by Hans Asperger himself. (If you have said evidence, please leave it in the comments.) But its still worth making a list of your own just for your own entertainment.

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Life update and bitching about employment

Any real growth I have been getting is small. But one does not gradually climb out of the dole, it has to be jumped. Some people in my situation have a vast network of roadblocks that will take witchcraft to figure out which one can actually be removed. But most can’t because 10 more blocks have to be removed first. Some are trapped in an infinite cycle of catch 22s.

Jobseeking. I am a 28 year-old part-time worker. I have never been paid a cent in my entire lifetime.

I am seeking payed work. Work must be within walking/cycling distance from my house, or a bus station at a stretch, anything else is a dealbreaker, or else how would I get there? What’s a car? Oh right. But those aren’t free. To get one I will need money and to get that I will need to be paid. And to be paid I will need to find a job, to do that I may need to expand my reach to places requiring a car and most jobs on Trademe require I have a car anyway and to get one of those I need to be paid. By a job. FAIL!!!

Jobseeking with experience!

Looking up some very basic part time jobs to gain some skills. Applicants must have this many years of experience in digging holes/slapping paint everywhere.

From where???

FAIL!!!

When we are offered the carrot of being paid we grab it, even if we end up sitting for years in unpaid internship to get it. And what a waste of those years. What are we going to eat in all that time before we get paid? Sorry bub, were taking yet another part time job just to eat. And since we’re being paid for it, guess which job will have to be a priority?

Sometimes these jobs affect our mental and physical health. Some of these jobs are even dangerous if not lethal to our mental and physical health.

At this point, don’t even ask why we don’t leave, don’t even bring up the question. Why would we leave? Why would we leave what puts food on our table even though it puts us in hospital?

I am being dripfed opportunities right now. And even the people helping me find the work are making me avoid some jobs because they are concerned for my health. I purposefully chose those dangerous-to-my-health-jobs because they were the only ones I had the skills for and could physically get to LOL. What are my other options?

I wonder how many people are in the same situation as me. Quite a few I imagine with uncountable various reasons for why they need to find new work, why they need to add yet another full time job to their workload, why they are avoiding some kinds of jobs, why they are purposefully taking jobs their own disabilities with prevent them from doing.

And yes at the same time we will have to ‘bludge’ off your taxes to pay rent and eat.

Don’t like it? Show us another option. We will love to hear about it. We will wait. Some of us have been searching and researching options for years.

This was going to be a life update. Now it is a bitchy post about unemployment. Maybe I need to get back into looking for Work-From-Home opportunities.

I’ve gotten back into painting. Obviously I’m trying with the writing side. I am studying for my learners license and there may be a possibility of me getting a car later. I am praying for some important life changes this year.

One important good news is that I have a new special someone in my life. I like to have a few good friendships. This new man I am with started off as a friendship many years ago. In my opinion friendships are a good way to start potential relationships.

Hope you are doing better than I am. Sorry if this was too bitchy.

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July update

Gday its me again.

This is going to be a rather sad personal rant so please bare with. Lol

I tried to jumpstart my YouTube and blogging career again this year but obviously I have rarely updated in months. I haven’t been motivated to finish anything for the past 7 years so I’m rather desperate for real growth now. When I have an idea it doesn’t last very long. I keep changing my mind what to use my blog and YT for or which of my many platform to start with and which will just be for support.

At the moment I just want this blog to be for personal stuff, like ranting or probably just pontificating about myself and stuff you don’t really care about. Lol.

I have a lot of opinions but for some reason I don’t have an outlet, this should probably be it.

I tried a regular update schedule but it didn’t work. So for now I just post when I post. Probably on weekends if I actually have something to post.

I discovered recently that I have been added to a network for autistic bloggers. Which hopefully should give me the shove to updating more often. Advocating for autistics and disabilities is one of my dreams. Because everyone deserves freedom, independence and personhood.

I have slowly gotten back to my painting and drawing after years of artist block and no motivation. I have also just recently picked up writing again. Still trying to post Lemuria regularly.

I am convinced there will be a massive shift this year. My handwriting has suddenly changed. Only about 30% on purpose. I actually can’t go back to my old handwriting automatically. I don’t know what this means.

I hope things are good for you readers out there, the ones that are left. Sorry for the lack of updates. Fingers crossed I will actually post more often now.

Thanks for reading, byeeeeeee!

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