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Focusing on Business - Chicago Burlesque Dancer Red Hot Annie Weinert
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Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
Date: 2011-06-13 15:37
Subject: Focusing on Business
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I think the next wave in my life is going to be focusing on gaining every bit of business knowledge I can grab. I'm starting so easy, with networking events and books, and within the next year, I'd like to see myself moving up and beyond that.

Due to a short series of events, I've found myself reconsidering and rethinking the money-making and business aspects of being an artist. When I started burlesque, it was a purely social pursuit - I was originally hoping to find people I could just be friends with...but with - what, in retrospect, was largely luck - I slip-slided into having enough success to justify approaching burlesque as a business. And recently, I think it's sunk in that I'm not really going to find many performers who approach burlesque from the business-side like I do, and I'm ready to move on from trying to coax people's interest in having that conversation.

Additionally, the amount of heartache that has come from trying to force friendship with hobbyists who have such strong, conflicting, at times even ignorant or uninformed views of how business "should" be done, and the inability to seperate business conflicts from personal emotions has just left me wanting more. To that end, I've refocused on finding people who work like I do that aren't involved in burlesque, and fortunately, there are many examples of successful entrepreneurs who have business models and approaches similar to mine, and who understand my desire to build and refine systems into an otherwise somewhat chaotic artform.

I think, in the long run, it's going to save me a lot of time, a lot of money, and a heaping helping of drama. I think my foot has *finally* firmly landed on the business side of the business/personal dilemma I let myself slip-slide into, and it's a relief to finally feel the burden of having to be everyone's friend lifted.
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User: girlvinyl
Date: 2011-06-13 21:07 (UTC)
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I highly recommend the SBA and SCORE programs. They offer free and cheap business classes and I have an SBA consultant that is like my personal consultant. They will do a ton of things for you, everything from market research to hooking you up with other business people for cross marketing, deals, etc. It is a great free resource that is absolutely worth taking advantage of.

My SBA lady really goes above and beyond for me. I sent her my sales figures for the past 12 months and she made me a spreadsheet of my best sellers, sizes, whether or not shipping internationally was a smart idea, what items I should re order in bulk, which I should discontinue, etc. Basically creating business intelligence information for me that I could never do myself (because I am dumb and lazy). She and her assistant have done a ton of the "hard crap" type slog business work for me. Like, just took my info and did it all, sending spreadsheets or PDFs with all the final data. It is amazing. I love them.
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