People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them all the things that I do professionally, but they simply don’t understand that being a solopreneur takes HUSTLE! Here’s why broken down by my jobs:
Freelance Writer: I may be busy as hell for three months, and then no one needs me for a month. I still have to pay my bills, so….
Author: Some months my books are selling, and I’ve got great gigs. Other months, nothing.
Speaker/Training: Speaking and training gigs need to be planned well in advance. I have often booked a speaking opportunity six months out, and I have also said to myself, I have a gig coming up and not booked anything else. After that gig, I realize that I should have planned better.
DJ: This is an occasional job as well.
As you can see, I do many things. Some people say that if you do a lot, you’re not doing enough. They say, “do one thing well.” Blah blah blah. I say, I do what works for me, and I enjoy doing many things and doing each one well.
One of my favorite “jobs” is making things to sell. This is a quick buck. However, sometimes I have made things that people simply wouldn’t buy, so I’ve had to learn my audience (just like with everything else I do). Most of the people who buy “art” at festivals and places like our local gallery night are those who like to decorate their porch for holidays and occasions, like football.
Here in the South, football is an occasion, especially for Alabama fans. That’s why I’ve created this Alabama hanger:
How to Make an Alabama Door Hanger to Sell
- Pencil (to draw outline)
- Utility Plywood (I use 4’x8’ because it’s $9.99 per sheet at Home Depot, and I can make about 10 of these with one sheet, so it costs me a little over $1.00 per sign for the wood)
- Drill Master Jigsaw (I think I paid around $30 for mine, and I prefer the corded one because I have bad luck with rechargeable batteries, but it’s well worth the expense! Also, I’m not including this in the cost of making the sign since it can be used for so much.)
- Sander/Sand Paper (I use this cheap $10 rotary tool with the sanding piece.) $1
- Heavy Duty Staple Gun & Staples (Not including in cost except for staples) $.50
- Paint (I use the $.50 acrylic paint from Wal-mart.) $.50
- Paint brushes $1.00
- Ribbon $2.00
- Twist ties (I use the pipe cleaners from Dollar Tree) $.10
Cost: Approximately $7.00 to make
Suggested Price: $35-50
Shipping Cost: $5.00
Possible Profit Per Sign: $23-38
- Cut out the shape: Draw an outline with a pencil, and use the jigsaw to cut it out. I can just eyeball this, but some people may need to use measurements. I’ve seen some that are not as proportioned, so I think as long as the general shape is obtained, it should be good. A good lesson that I learned is that once you get a good shape, use it as a pattern. Go ahead and trace out the amount that you are planning to make.
- Sand the edges–I use my rotary tool, which is the cheaper version of a Dremmel. It has a little sanding paper attachment. I just go around the edges with it at medium speed and make sure there are no splinters.
- Paint–I didn’t have enough gray, so I mixed black and white. I like to make mine a little artsy with the highlighting. I started with the white background for the A and then I used Tuscan Red to fill it in. I had to go back with the white after and fix the edges.
- Make the bow: With bows, I just loop them around until I get the shape I want. Then I use as many twist ties as necessary to keep them in place. It’s definitely not fancy, but once you attach it, no one sees the mess!
- Attach the bow: I use the stapler for this and start at the center making sure the bow is lined up where I want it. Then, I staple it to the board. I use a couple of staples near the center and outside to hold the bow in place. Then, I shape the bow.
- Attach a hanger: I like to use the pipe cleaners from the dollar tree for this as well because you can twist them around the staple for extra security. You can also use a ribbon. I just make a loop and staple it, and then twist it up to secure it.
And viola! You have an Alabama door hanger: