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Oasis of Games

Monday, April 18, 2016

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2015 ended up being the year I focused primarily on my creative aspirations, which turned out to be very fulfilling as I was able to achieve some of my long-term goals. The downside was that I was so focused on my personal projects that I neglected my paying projects and my savings pretty much bottomed out by the end of the year.

Perhaps as a direct result of this 2016 seems to be the year that I focus on getting my finances back on track. Back in 2010 when my main work assignments (lettering manga) were becoming less frequent I reacted to the drop in income by being more conservative with my spending and, eventually, moving to more affordable living conditions. Now that I find myself in a similar situation (cost of living is going up, income is plateauing/going down) I’m trying a different approach: addressing the situation with a “earn a dollar” mindset rather than “save a penny” mindset. From this new perspective I saw that continuing to do the lettering work and maintaining a freelance lifestyle (which I’ve grown accustomed to) would require some sort of additional income source to help make ends meet.

Thus, for the past month or so I’ve been working full time on my first (and possibly not last) attempt at running a side business: reselling new and used games (and other knickknacks) through my own online Amazon store Oasis of Games. It takes something I already like to do in my free time (browse thrift stores for games) and utilizes my “skills” in game knowledge (from collecting and playing hundreds of board games) and thriftiness (from my years as a starving artist). While it’s probably not something I’d enjoy doing full-time, as a part-time job with flexible hours that I can turn to for extra income during work gaps it appears to be a pretty good fit. It’s still too early in the process to tell whether or not it will be a successful venture but I continue to remain optimistic about the future based on my initial experiences.

In summary: 2016 is off to a good start.