The road to self employment is a piece of cake and everyone should do it.
Now that I have your attention I will come clean, That first line isn’t true. For most anyway.
Self employment for me is about a dream. Not just a boring business that I copy and paste a how to from others. It’s about creating what I view is my dream life and living each day as I want to. This isn’t at all easy.
Last week we shot to the Far North to help my parents with their little slice of rocky roaded self eployment. You can find Saturday here
They have had easily enough of their own problems incl that big shed burning down but boy, what an amazing process for the produce.
Sunday morning we were up and looking to score a feed (thumbnail hints as to how it went)
Back to self employment. As far as my dream goes, in my mind I want to go skim, surf, spear, run my brand and shoot content all day.
The complications arise when you actually have to make a few bucks from these things because life is expensive. One thing I’ve always had from the start is product to sell and I’m always looking to expand this. Selling is hard but when it’s your own product but boy, it’s satisfying. Anytime someone wants to fork out their hard earned cash on something I made makes the pursuit of the dream worth it!
Producing content is much harder than selling product as it requires far more of my time invested, for much less income. If I wasn’t so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be doing it. For some reason I love it!
Oh and on a sales orientated pitch you can sign up to my mailing list here.
As of the 22nd of October I’ve lived in a van. Before I get into this blog post here is the video from moving week
Before you gasp and ask the obvious questions I will post some obvious answers.
It’s not a tiny van, I can stand up.
I park mainly up at my shed space where I run my business from.
It’s not that difficult to find a toilet.
Solar or borrowed shower. I’m still working on a really solid option here.
Yes it helps me save a lot of money.
I don’t have a move out date.
To be perfectly honest as of right now, this is one of the best things I have ever done. The van isn’t quite finished but I’m chipping away at it. It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all but it does make me feel warm, happy and freeeeee. Which is great!
So where to from here? Well I’m essentially rebuilding my business at the moment. The hardest thing I feel has been the volume of equipment i ave from boat stuff, van stuff, skimboards, surfboards, dive ear, print gear, you get the picture.
Overall I’m feeling super stoked on this and would encourage anyone out there thinking about it, to seriously look into it! I can’t wait to make some proper road trips happen very soon. Will keep the updates coming as I make progress.
What do we need to survive? Food, water and sleep. Yeap that’s about it.
What do we need to keep us happy and “sane”? Well that’s different for everyone. I myself need to go away, I need to get cold, I need to see things, I need to do the things I love to do. Without these things I don’t know what would happen.
Last weekend we went away with a beauty but cold forecast. To be honest I had kind of glossed over how cold it was forecast to be. Saturday we were greeted by a stiff Southerly breeze, skim exploration and some fun but disappointing diving
Sunday we woke with more than a little frost on the ground. This meant for a freezing night in the tent, my four blankets did their job but oh baby it was cold
This is what I love. Getting away, looking at stuff with no real commitments other that to go enjoy yourself and feed your soul. Plus those post dive showers are amazing!
It’s taken me a long time to work out my direction with my business.
From starting making skimboards in 08, which sold quite well. Expanding a bit into screen printing and finally making some effort to expand my future in the content creation world.
You see when you have so many things on the go it’s hard to get anywhere. I like too many things so when one thing is going well I want the others to which I feel tends to take away from the momentum of thing that was working. Put simply 10 10’s don’t make 100. Basically what this means as of late is that I’ve had to make a few decisions as to my future and I feel the photography and videography is where I’m heading.
The areas I’m focusing on are the boating and marine industry, golf and lastly, shooting all the stuff I enjoy shooting. The dream of making an outdoors based show is being put at the end of the list of priorities.
I’ve been on a few projects lately which have fitted the bill nicely. That has of course been a couple of videos for a local business supporting Emirates Team New Zealand. Below is a vlog or behind the scenes from one of the videos
This blog is here for a multitude of reasons. One being to advertise my work, obviously.
Another is to just express my ideas and thoughts. Once again fairly obvious.
One thing I feel strongly about is our mental health. I do a lot of the things I do because they are fun, challenging and push me outside of my comfort zone. A long way outside sometimes. I’ve touched on it a bit with a fair few people.
I have very strong feelings towards a life where we just work, drink and “medicate”. I also have very strong feelings towards a life that you live sitting on your ass the whole time. I also have a few feelings towards the links to poor mental health as a result. I don’t claim to know everything but I do like to educate myself as much as I can.
In the wake of Chris Cornells death last week I sparked me into a little more research. Some of my friends express feelings of life, some don’t. As males we know we’re meant to more. I will follow this up more after you watch last Saturdays video. To say it cut up rough was an understatement
Now I filmed this clip on Saturday but I thought it deserved a single upload. We need to talk more, so here is a four minute talk
I consider myself a happy guy. I get dealt the shit that everyone else does but I don’t let it bother me. If everything was perfect all the time then how would we know it’s perfect?
How do we tackle this mental health issue/s? I would love to have a little bit of input from people.
The dictionaries definition of hobby is this “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”
As children we all have hobbies. We have plenty of free time, therefore we have hobbies. Some of us continue with these hobbies our whole lives, most of us don’t.
As “adults” we need a hobby or two. Judging by our obesity statistics my opinion is that that hobby could do with being somewhat physical. A hobby that makes you sweat and improves your physical fitness is the best kind of hobby.
A lot of retired people need more hobbies. This would help occupy their time, assist with the aging process and lastly (and hopefully) give them an interest besides targeting young people having fun.
Even though we retire from work at a late age we seem to retire from hobbies much, much earlier. Remember the days when you had time to be bored? BORED! Now most of us just work too much in order to “get ahead”. I don’t quite know what is “ahead” but I do know a life without time for my hobbies is a shit life.
One of my favourite quotes is “You didn’t stop skateboarding because you got old. You got old because you stopped skateboarding”. I don’t skate but this is absolutely perfect.
I am an obsessive hobbyist. When I find something I like, I like to do it. Every so often isn’t enough, that’s not a true hobby. I want to get good at it and everything is a competition, including with myself. It’s gotten to the point where I believe you can monetize any hobby. But why do you want to make money from your hobby?
TO DO IT MORE!
This isn’t easy. In fact it’s bloody hard, just like life.
This weekend consisted of hobbies, nothing really else. Skimboarding, diving and good food was the order for Saturday
Sunday with better viz and a beaut forecast we were off to hit the water
If you’ve been following me for a while that this is a fairly common thing here. I’m learning more about myself all the time and where my hobbies can take me. It’s much further than you would think.