Running on fumes

Folks, I need some specific help.

I am doing well at producing stuff, writing, making art, making stuff happen. I am enjoying it and people around me are enjoying and benefiting from what I’m producing.

However, I’m running very low on fuel. In terms of physical energy, I really need a break but more urgently, monetary fuel – the income from my residency at C4CC covers about a third of my monthly spending needs and I haven’t done any other paid work in the last two months. I’m now at the serious point where important bills aren’t getting paid. I believe I need to bring some organisation to selling what I do to create stronger flows of income.

I need someone or some people to help me do the following:

Set up web-based ways of selling my art – I’ve had a couple of commissions, but I’d like to do more and sell prints of smaller works that I’ve done.

Organise and find paying participants for Social Art Field Trips – I’ve had very positive response to the content of these, but they need to be managed and have more energy put into selling them.

Manage the creation of a number of books for self-publishing – repurposing content from tuttle2texas and other projects.

Find and sign-up new MicroPatrons

Create a better web presence for Tuttle to facilitate online community participation in experiences like Tuttle2Texas

I’m trying to do all of these myself at the moment, as well as everything else and I’m open to the idea that that might not be possible at all, let alone when I’m “running on fumes”. So while I can give a great deal of guidance and direction on what needs to be done, I think it’s more about finding willing and able pairs of hands to do it than getting more advice on what else I should be doing.

I am not in a position to pay up front for this help directly but it’s all about generating revenue so would expect to work out with you a way of sharing revenue once it starts flowing and I’m over the current crisis situation.

If you’re not able to help directly with this, perhaps you could consider signing up for my Micropatronage scheme, contributing a small amount each month towards easing the flow. Or maybe you have another idea for me. Open to all.

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11 thoughts on “Running on fumes”

  1. Very interesting, Lloyd.

    I’ve felt very similar to this in the last few years. It’s difficult to keep ploughing on sometimes, especially when you aren’t receiving much reward (financial or otherwise).

    A lack of time, energy and resources effectively put paid to my ability to keep running NOCCI, a network that had brought thousands of people together.

    I’ve had to completely streamline the amount of projects I’m involved with as a result, too.

    Anyway, good luck!

    1. Thanks Neil, it’s good to remember that there are other people making their way through the same stuff.

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had to let go of NOCCI. I have to say that the rewards are there for me – I get a huge amount from seeing the effect that my work has had elsewhere. I wrote today on the Tuttle2Texas daily e-mail how thrilled I was to see the Tuttle in LA just doing Tuttle-type things.

      That’s why I’m determined to not let the lack of financial reward stop me – I know what’s most important and I trust that by going through it I’ll find a way to make it work, not because I’m stubborn and don’t want to be wrong (although that is true!) but because deep down I know it’s the right thing to do and I will end up here again and again until something gives.

  2. Yeah, the rewards are brilliant and I’ve had some incredible experiences. But working 60 hour weeks, often primarily on non/low-paying stuff, and at the expense of paid work, eventually takes its toll. It’s inevitably difficult to keep enthusiasm levels high in those circumstances.

    I think a lot of it is cultural too. We live in a capitalist society where wealth is seen as an end in itself, and even those of us who know there’s more to life than that end up comparing ourselves to our contemporaries. I’ve consoled myself in the past that I *could* go and sit behind a desk for someone else and earn good money. But this makes me happier. And the grass will always be greener. It’s human nature to constantly look for better circumstances, if I can get all evolutionary psycholoy for a moment!

    I looked for investors for NOCCI. I know I could have made it work & grow for a very small investment, but the time it takes to build a community to the point where it generates revenue is huge. And alongside starting a new business i just didn’t have enough hours in the day, or energy in the bank! I’ve handed it over to someone else in the hope that they’ll be able to do something with it, but the moment may have passed. It’s frustrating because we had events all over the UK, thousands of people meeting, jobs created and contracts agreed all at NOCCI events. It’s a huge joy and privilege to have been integral to that, but just wasn’t sustainable for me after a few years.

    Good luck with the micro-patronage scheme. I’ll be watching closely!
    :-)

  3. p.s. Forgot to say – I think it’s really brave of you to stick your hand up like this. I’ve often felt pressure over previous years to keep financial “difficulties” close to my chest, almost as if it’s an admission of being a failure (as an entrepreneur/person). I think that’s possibly as much to do with our attitude to entrepreneurship in this country as anything else.

    1. Yes, I agree – it’s one of the reasons I’m doing it publicly so that other people can maybe learn from it.

      It’s a tricky balance though, I don’t want to be constantly on twitter saying “woe is me, I’m broke, give us a fiver” but it came home to me last night that many people on my network hadn’t seen any of this at all yet.

  4. Lloyd, well said and thank you.

    It’s one thing giving up wage slavery and improving one’s karmic position by actively stopping being a bastard (and I’m talking about me here), but we do have to eat. I’ve had the bailiffs round twice already this year. I’m not sure what the solution is, but treading the line between choosing to give things up, and thus choosing to be poor, means we are often teetering on the wrong side of the bloody thing.

    I can’t (at the moment) help you with a donation, but wish you all the luck in the world. You seem to have surrounded yourself with people who care about you lots, and value greatly what you’ve been doing. That’s good stuff, and worth holding fast to your heart when days are dire.

    Keep us posted.

    1. Thanks Brenda, it’s just this sort of comment that helps enormously. My experience so far is that by focusing on the next right thing and keeping the connections open with people, help has turned up just when I needed it.

      I appreciate you spreading the word, thanks for your RT. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to reciprocate.

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