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EXECUTION Burned down my slowlane political career for entrepreneurship 17 months ago

Discussion in 'Progress/Execution Threads' started by Cat Lady, Apr 26, 2018.

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    @Cat Lady

    Great work on making such a switch in careers. No matter what the numbers, you're clearly focused and checking things off your list towards your goals.

    It's also really good to see more female participation - we need lots more of that in business!

    There are more entrepreneurs in Portland than you might first expect (sounds like your SSO might know some of them :). I find it to be a tight community that actually seems to care.

    Regards from NW PDX
     
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    I can already see several opportunities that you are overlooking...
     
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    I'm pretty familiar and friendly with a lot of them - unfortunately there's not as many media entrepreneurs here, they tend to be pretty tech- and manufacturing-heavy. But this community is filled with really amazing people, and Silicon Florist and Nedspace (two lynchpins of the startup community here) really helped me get off the ground. Mercycorps NW (our small biz nonprofit) gave me a start-up grant. I also got runner-up in a pitch competition run by the local biz community last year.

    I do, sometimes, seriously want a business partner. For both my own accountability and for the mashing of skillsets. Someone who LOVES marketing and can take my marketing ideas and turns them into better things. I do not like marketing, but I recognize the value because when I get a PR or blog hit, I make money. People find me, and are helped by my content. I just can't make myself spend time on it (I prefer the "making" not the "marketing" side.)

    Well, that's a wildly unhelpful comment.

    Here's the thing about "opportunities" - I have to pay my bills each month, I have to sleep and eat food, and I'm only one person. There's a HUGE amount of opportunities out there, but many have a long lead time to profitability and require upfront capital/time investment or require skills that aren't my specialty. I allocate my time to have minimal capital investment while recognizing that I can only work about ~60 hours a week consistently before my body breaks down (as I keep discovering).

    Media is a slow build business without lots of marketing investment especially if your brand is centered around authenticity. However, I feel pretty good about where I am at for 1.5 years of doing this as a side gig.

    (She says before she spirals again into feeling like she's wasting her life.)
     
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    what's the book about if you can share and how many people already bought?
     
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    The book is cats explaining purr-sonal finance - and I've made about $22,000 gross off of it, with about 600 copies sold. Total print run of 1000 copies, with about 200 of those going to low-income youth through our pay it fur-ward program.
     
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    so to be clear you are really interested in revving up revenue + strengthening your brand

    I'm sure you i can show you some of the things you totally have the ability to do and are NOT doing YET

    & you'll probably share a thing / two about fundraising with me sometime

    If It's okay I'm going to send you a private message
     
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    I'm sure I have plenty I can learn, feel free to DM me.

    --
    Relatedly, this week has been exceedingly frustrating. I am having so many issues with Amazon - all I want is my Kindle book to be uploaded and linked to a fulfilled by amazon version of my print book with my ISBN (NOT print on demand) with my author profile linked to both. Not so hard, right? At this point I have:

    • 2 different versions of the book, neither of which are displaying the cover
    • 4 different amazon accounts all of which required identity verification: amazon merchant, amazon advantage, amazon KDP and amazon author central
     

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