It’s been months since I posted something and a lot has happened.
First off, let me just say that, probably, the biggest obstacle to my entrepreneurial success is my very demanding day job, which affect my energy and motivation at the end of the day. At the same time, I hear about people who work 60 hours a week and still able to launch their business on the side. I wish I have that kind of energy and motivation. Unfortunately, I don’t. I get overwhelmed with my day job because of the multiple roles I play as a counselor, teacher, and coordinator. All those roles require me to work above my paid time.
Now that I’m done venting and whining about how my day job is affecting my ability to launch, let me give you an update:
1. T-shirt business has been delayed. After I received the heat press back from my friend, I tested a few shirt using his boba distribution business as a logo. He promised that he’d be my first customer if I could print some t-shirt for his business. Well, it failed. The cheap heat press papers I bought from Amazon were not transparent papers, so you could see the white background with the logo I printed.
I followed the recommended heat temperature, covered the transfer and t-shirt with the heat protection sheet (I think that’s what it’s called) and the result was bad. I had difficulty removing the transfer paper and it messed up the design as I was pulling the paper from the shirt. I think this is due to the poor quality of the transfer sheets. I’ll have to buy a better quality, but more expensive.
2. The Protein shake bottle has been discontinued due to the cost of producing the product. I was unwilling to order more than 500 pieces from a manufacturer in China, partly due to the cost but also because I don’t know if I’m really going to be able to sell all of it.
I’ve done some reading and podcast listening and the shaker bottle was in the 5,000 range amazon.com bestseller list. According to my research, my shaker bottle should sell at least one per day. But my fear got the best of me; hence, this project has been discontinued at this time. Maybe when I have a bigger capital and a steady source of passive income, I’ll start on this project again.
3. Resume Writing Hero is my freelance part-time consulting gig and I decided to spend some money on developing a logo. I hired a freelance designer from the Philippines and he came up with a nice one. Check it out at resumewritinghero.wordpress.com. However, a friend of mine who has a lot of experience with advertising said that the design could’ve been done better. More specifically, the font style that was used was not the most readable. And I actually agreed. I wished it was bolder and all capital. But I took the risk and now I’m using it. I might change it later, but for now it’s good enough.
I haven’t really been advertising my service on craigslist as much as I should have. Mainly because I’ve been so busy at work. I wouldn’t have time to review, edit, and polish people’s resumes. When I get some down time, I’ll start posting my service on craigslist again. Also, I’m wondering what other ways I could advertise my service. I’m thinking maybe buying Google AdSense, or Facebook page (which I have but not active). I’m also going to look into other social media or freelance recruiting sites to advertise my service. I also heard about generating an e-mail list. I’ll dive into this once the semester ends and I get to have a break from my day job.
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