July 8, 2019

Casting my nets

 

It was a busy day today.

I don’t know how fruitful things will turn out to be, but I did put in an honest effort.

It’s amazing how, when you make a commitment to write things down for the record, how much incentive it can give you to get things done. There’s a part of me that would have put things off, wanting just to be lazy and play, with the excuse of “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

But the threat of having to report that “I did nothing constructive today.” is a good incentive to go out and do something constructive. And I am happy to report that I did just that.

I stopped by the Wyoming County Chamber of  Commerce and spoke to director Gina Davis about putting my brochures on display. She was agreeable, but informed me that I would have to join the chamber in order to do so.

When she gave me the necessary forms, my eyes almost bugged when I saw a figure of $5,000. But she assured me that was only the high end one. The least expensive figure is $165 – much for reasonable for someone like me.

The cost is indeed quite reasonable – it comes out to $13.75 a month – and I shall be paying her when I secure the funds.

However, I can’t help but be a little rueful about all this. I’m certain whoever said the best things in life are free never started a business.

No matter what you do, no matter how skilled you are, and no matter how low your overhead, you’re still going to need a certain amount of money to get things up and running.

In my case, I had to have brochures and posters printed, invest in certain pieces of equipment, and pay a higher fee to upgrade my website. It wasn’t cheap, believe me. But it was necessary.

Just when you think it’s done, something else comes with a hand out, saying “Oh by the way, you’re going to have to buy this. It’s the cost of doing business.”

Oh well, I’m operating out of my home, so I don’t have to pay the cost to rent office space. I’m a one man operation, so having to pay employees is eliminated. Still, you can’t help but wonder when things are going to even out.

I stopped by the Dietrich Theater and dropped off some brochures. Hopefully, they will be agreeable to displaying them. Have to get the word out all over the place.

I was going to head over to Keystone College, but decided instead to pick up the reports from the two local district justices. Judge Plummer must have really been busy this past week, because he had a lot. Took me a while to record and write all of them – that took a majority of my time. But they are done and posted.

Onward and upward. 

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