I’ve finally done it. At the repeated encouragement and support of my family, friends, and regular customers, I have set up a Patreon account. For those of you following along at home, this will be nothing new: in 2015 I took the plunge and quit my day job to work full time for myself, through my Etsy shop, The Wytch of the North. It was a dream I didn’t dare hope for, and one I didn’t dare wait for perfect timing before jumping on it; with my combined health issues, working even part time away from home was becoming more and more of a challenge, and I was out of options. For many months, my income from the shop held steady. I’m not ashamed to admit that in my excitement and enthusiasm, the shop grew larger than I could healthily sustain, and eventually that caught up with me. Sixteen to eighteen hour work days when dealing with an assortment of chronic illnesses is not a good idea, and I crashed hard.
I’ve had a few lean months, though the support of caring friends and a kind community has helped! Just as I can’t ignore their generosity, neither can I ignore their advice, and so: here we are.
What I really want, right now, is to not have to worry about making rent every month. The bulk of my income goes into the household to help cover rent, pay off tax debt (unexpected short term success plus new business person equals an expensive learning curve), as well as covering the various medical expenses that come with having chronic pain and cognitive issues. My ultimate goal is to be able to cover rent so that I’m able to focus on growing my business in a sustainable manner. My Big Goal is $725, but every step closer is a step in the right direction, and I cannot thank you enough for your support!
Are there rewards for supporting me? Of course there are! You can read more about those here.