We’ve got to get unbusinessing, I feel it’s an imperative right now to cut down my work.
And I’ve got to keep blogging, it’s always important to keep the posts coming and your blog refreshed for maximum search engine optimisation penetration!
Right now I am having all kinds of weird reactions to my situation, that is basically experiencing growth in a dying industry, cd and dvd duplication isn’t supposed to be a big deal but I keep getting more work to the point that I am working every day, and just far too compromised to keep all the other parts of my life running smoothely, a little mistake there that being on a good earn from your work means you can fix everything, well we need solutions now that give me my time back.
But in the meantime it’s easy to freak out without recognising the hard work that is and has been done – this is all about my hard work for at least 3 or 4 years now, in 2008 and 2009 the really hard work I was doing to establish my business, now I just need to haul through to the point where I’m the boss guy with my workers all running around.
Or something, I need creative ideas because now I am beginning to sense that creative thinking will help me to achieve my goal – not growth but sustainability – of course I don’t mean greenie stuff but keeping a continuum from where I am now relying on discs mainly, to other services I provide with in 5 – 10 years building – well not building, but maintaining the brand and goodwill to take us through to other services that continue to meet the needs of out clientele.
The longer we’re in this phase, where we’re building up capital slowly while we cultivate other business ideas, the more we’re ensuring our success, because these secondary ideas are having more time to flower, I’m having more opportunity to assess them and there’s more opportunity to let it unfold.
Cheap auckland printing, pirate party stuff, video production, it’s all happening despite the fact I don’t promote it, it’s just the seo goodness I get from updating my blog, and the rehaul of the site in future should be very good in that way also.
What I’m talking about now is the growth of entertainment services, talent management and video content services as my preferred means of income as cd duplication services decline. But that’s 5 years away before I would need to generate more supplementary income to cover my basic costs, but I would want to learn to make $500-1000 p/week from this just so I needn’t be concerned.
What this leads to is a space between 2-7 years away where I have the cd duplication going possibly still quite well, when we have these opportunities to spread out with my talent or entertainment services or my video production but we don’t have time as we’re still trying to keep the disc duplication business running smoothly.
It’s not an issue except that my artist services and talent agency need work put in if they’re going to work as money spinners. Maybe that’s a decision we can put off.
Short term, my only option is to get more staff and more streamlined, I need to make more time and be more on top of it. But deciding how to allocate fewer resources – for whatever reason – is highly strategic also, and this week will be interesting because I really don’t need to take on any jobs I don’t want to.
This is becoming regular I need to get evasive with some clients who are too naggy and have jobs that are an issue.
I need to get more militant about this!
But if I was thinking big picture, it would be different, I would want to outsource 80% of my job for a weekly salary to an employee, and then move into building another business, such as my video production services.
– call for burner
– prepare cd duplication sample
– photography dvd packaging
– cover band cd duplication.
– collect dvd master
We have to accept that having assistants is the only way out of here. But until then, the work we’re doing is important for establishing ourselves long term, I’m already sitting pretty,
2014 I could still be doing 1.5 x cd duplication while pirates, trading, video production, gardening, all brings in stuff. Is it possible to consider I might purposefully let the cd dvd thing wind down?