I don't know how many of you know this, but I lost my job back in June. I've been living off my savings ever since, and they're dwindling down, and the job search isn't going so great. I'm almost graduated from school, which will leave me with a lot of free time, so I think it's time to see if it's possible to make a living on makin' pipeys.
I've calculated my expenses, and I need to bring in roughly $60 a day. That's equivalent to three standard pipeys! I can DO that, guys. Three pipeys a day is not unreasonable. I recently ordered a big box of boxes, so that'll make shipping a lot easier. My website is up to date. (that's floppybelly.com
for those who don't remember) My Etsy store is up and running, and is a fantastic way to make commissions official and accountable, and offers a very organized system of communication between customer and creator. Check that out at www.etsy.com/shop/floppybelly
and just hit the big blue "Request Custom Order" button.
So, let's talk promotion!
I do have both Livestream, Ustream, and Google+ accounts, and would be willing to use any of those to hang out with people while I work on their pipeys. I've got some good tunes and some cute cats, so that should be fun.
I'm also thinking of doing themed discounts, to help encourage those kind-hearted souls who have always wanted to commission me, but were never sure just what they wanted. Ideas for future themes include Marsupials, characters that are yellow, arthropods, things that fly or swim, extraterrestrials, anime creatures, etc.
For this theme, I'm doing Halloween. That means spooky stuff! Like spiders, bats, snakes, rats, owls, werewolves, black cats, and who knows what else goes bump in the night! NO SLENDERMAN!!! If you think of something I've forgotten, just ask! People ordering pipeys in the Halloween theme (orders of $20 or larger) will receive free shipping, and a small jack-o-lantern window cling to help with your festivities.
I'm starting out with five commission slots, so act now to grab one!
And yes, don't forget about scarves- winter is coming, are you ready?
Lots of love,
P.S. (hey if you could spread this around so that people who've never commissioned me before can see it, that would be great!)