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Start an online business with my wife and sell some products.
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April 12, 2021, 2:33 AM
Final Thoughts:

My wife has sold several pieces (including a few commissions) and we've started a facebook and etsy shop. We created all the social media accounts for both of our main businesses and she has been active posting content to the Pigment + Stone accounts pretty much daily while engaging with people and growing the accounts organically. I've helped her with logo and business/thank you card designs, and I set up a trello system to keep everything organized as it flows through the different processes (creation, varnishing, photos, listing, shipping, etc) as there are weeks of drying time needed. I purchased two domains, set up the emails, and I've even painted a couple of pieces myself.

We got a little bit of a late start here as I was focusing more on the music side of my goals when the challenge first started but we've had some good talks and built a decent foundation to grow. We've come up with some good ideas we want to work towards for sure. Although we hit the minimum goal I set for the challenge, we still have a lot to learn, a lot to do, and a lot to build on, but all the work we put in will be for us and not just to grow someone else's life or business. We have a lot of ideas to work towards during the rest of the year.

Admittedly, I have been bouncing through a lot of different feeling on this: doubt, fear, anxiety, excitement, happiness, and many others, all rotating in and out, combining and swirling, just like the paint on the canvas. At the end of the day, I know this is something we both want, and we have been given an opportunity to give it a go. Failure is an option, but so is success and we'll never know unless we jump in and try. We just need to do it and ship it!

The sky's the limit and in spite of the stress I'm excited to take on this new adventure with her! Next up to get started on our apparel business and to continue to grow P+S!
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April 10, 2021, 4:53 AM
We've put in some good work since my last report. Started making daily lists of things to accomplish. Spoke to our tax advisor about some things and got our taxes filed. More artwork has been created (and some varinshed) and a bunch of earrings are ready to go for mothers day which we will post soon.

My wife also sold and shipped another piece today and over the last week several more have been spoken for on our social media.
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April 1, 2021, 1:33 AM
My wife accepted another commission. She's working on them right now and has a meeting with the client in the next hour or so. The client liked the test piece so she's taking that one as well!

Had a conversation with my wife about our apparel business we want to start. We made plans to start focusing more attention here now that the art business is started and more or less has a process we set up. We are going to get running more on this monday afternoon.
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March 23, 2021, 1:09 AM
Spent a few more hours looking into various things and talking with my wife. This has been pretty overwhelming but there is no better time for us to try this than now. Just trying to stay positive and optimistic about everything but we're pretty far out of our comfort zone as we've never done anything like this.

We've got a good foundation and have made some decent progress. Today she's packing up her commission to send out and started a facebook marketplace page a while back. She's also sold another piece to the person who put in the commission (who ordered the commission for her boss) so that's an extra sale out of it.

I'm feeling like we have accomplished this goal on the most basic level as we have sold several items at this point. We definitely have a long path ahead of us on this, but we're going in the right direction and we're learning a lot as we go. We haven't made a profit yet as we had to get supplies in order to start, but I'm sure it won't take long once we get things ironed out and start running with it.

We have a bunch of ideas on how to grow. Now we just need to keep putting in the time and effort to see where it takes us. Onward and upwards.
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