Brainstorming – colouring book

Anything goes here, and any extra ideas are very welcome to throw into the mix. I need to shake my brain out a bit.

(Edit: This helped. The downheartedness is departing and the hopefulness is setting in once more. I recommend brainstorming to anyone pushing through a business idea)

—-BrAiN-STorMinG—

143MB file download takes maybe four hours or more on dial-up connections. That’s for 458 PNG files that are compressed into a single zipfile.

Some people do not have an internet connection at all.

Everyone who has a high speed internet connection with plenty of bandwidth, can already access my FREE online colouring book. Which is good…. although perhaps these are the people who are more able to afford a $12 subscription, than those with dial-up, or no internet at all. (?)

Colouring in is healing in itself, as it accesses the creative side of the brain.

Using the colouring as a means of expression, or as something to accompany a course of therapy really requires at least one other person to share the process with. This could be a friend, family member, therapist or counsellor, or similar. Someone to share the journey with and ‘be there’ when things get rough.

Online support groups, for colouring in. Share work, or share a story, or simply gather together with a creative bunch. Have fun!

Meet at a cafe and bring a bunch of colouring pics to share, along with some coloured pencils or crayons, and sharpeners. Forget about the rest of the world for a while.

Meet at a community art centre and start a colouring group for $x per session per person per week.

$180-ish per week, would be perhaps 2 days, with 2 sessions of four or five people per session. 9 people x $10 x 2 days

Would people pay that much to colour in?

Is there community funding available for a colouring project which aims to provide a healthy creative activity open to the whole community?

Hmm. 4 days, with 2 sessions of four or five people. 18 people x $5 x 4 days.

You know, anybody could do this, by printing off colouring book pages from my blog, and set up a venue, or go into schools, rest homes, mental health hospitals, or units within hospitals, to provide some colourful company to others. Whether as paid work, or as voluntary companionship.

I wonder if there is a grant available for one artist to work part-time on providing a free online colouring book to the global community via the internet…. Equivalent of 15 hrs a week at minimum wage is about $10,140. I might go down this avenue.

Schools are a big market…

Businesses apparently can now be sued for causing stress to their employees in the workplace. (Thank you mum for this idea…) Put colouring books into stressful offices to provide a quick time-out to de-stress, and engage the creative brain, before returning to the fray in a corporate environment.

(Schools and corporations do not appeal to me quite so much as our values are quite different.)

Perhaps if other people were to find these ideas useful to start their own business, then they could send a small commission for the use of the artwork. Like maybe 5% or 10%. You get 90% to 95% of whatever you are paid.

I have limitations and have to find a way to work around them.

So far the most suitable option for me, seems to be applying for a grant to work part-time as an artist providing a Creative Space, and ‘health resource.’  As well as asking for a small commission (royalty?) from others who may really be able to go out regularly and be with people face to face, and create a physical space where people can meet and colour in together.

Possibly, I could burn CDs or DVDs with 365+ colouring book pictures, and sell them for the $12. Plus postage.

143MB for 458 files might take up to half an hour to download, for high speed internet, with good bandwidth. For some it would be a lot quicker.  This would still be quicker than going through each blog post to download each picture individually. Once on your own computer, there is software available to preview all the pictures either in a file manager, or photo viewer.

Paper version. Needs to really be at a higher resolution for print, and a non-standard paper or binding used, which means paying a bit extra to self-publish. I am short of funds for paying the extra.  Increasing the size would be desirable, and this means editing every single image file. This would take quite some time.

I am convincing myself at this point to go ahead and offer the $12 download of 365+ files, as it has ongoing benefits that perhaps outweigh the time it takes to download. (I am used to downloading single files which take a second or a few seconds, or at most a number of short minutes to arrive on to my computer.) It would need to be treated as a large creative resource which will take more than an “instant” to arrive.

Okay. I will start writing my introductory offer, and load the large zipfile to my DropBox/Sellbox/PayPal machine. Ready to do business.

 

 

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Time Management

Righto… If I want to earn $10,140 (ish) for the year, and I need to show some sort of results in one month, then this is how time fits in to the plan.

I am offering a colouring book of 365+ pictures for $12.

Which is enough to colour one picture every day for a year, and includes access to colouring pictures on the blog for all of 2013.

(If you would like one, please email wildersoul@gmail.com to let me know! )

It will be instantly downloadable, so people can print it forever from their computer without having to spend on internet access every time they search for a picture to colour in. Also, if they are a hospital or a therapist, or a community art group, then they can print as many copies of the colouring pictures as they like, for the group of people in their care.

So… I aim to send invitations to 1000 different organisations, or people, during the month of September. Seems like a big number, so I broke it down.

That’s 30 invitations each day for 30 days. (I am rounding it for ease of calculation). Comes to 900, and that’s okay, because $12 x 1000 is $12,000.

Because that still sounds like a lot to me, who is a bit of a hermit when it comes to approaching people, I broke it down a bit further.

15 contacts in the morning, and 15 contacts in the evening,

for the 30 days of September.

And that’s the plan. I hunted through the Yellow Pages, and White Pages, and have the first two days of invites written up to start tomorrow. One page for each set of 15 contacts. Although, I may simply take all the broad categories of people, and send invitations via the internet to similar groups online, rather than local. (This is because a lot of the “local” ones are outside my free calling area by phone). I’ll try a combination of both local and online.

Next step is to zip up all the files. I am not going to reformat them, although in future, I have a system in place that provides both US Letter and A4 size files. That means the next set of 365+ pictures will be bigger than this first introductory set.

After that, it’s time to set up one page that I can link to for my potential customers to visit when they receive their invitation. It might be a Sellbox page – I thought of that just now. I will think carefully about what words to use, and how to present it. Hopefully it will be perfect to keep in place for the rest of the year, for anyone interested in having a copy of the Wildersoul Colouring Book that prints out offline, and you can search through without having to enter and exit blog posts.

Now I am interested in how big the zip file will be! Hopefully not an unmanageable size. I could always break it into smaller sizes. We’ll see.

Once it is all ready, I would invite and encourage you all to spread the word to anyone, whether adults or children who enjoy colouring in for no particular reason, or anyone interested in the therapeutic side of colouring in.

These are the broad categories of people or organisations that I will be approaching:

  • Mental health service providers and users, including:
  • Counsellors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Hospitals
  • Disability service providers and users, inlcuding:
  • Physical disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Addictions, including:
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Prisons
  • Restorative Justice
  • Victim Support
  • Older Persons, including:
  • Rest Homes
  • Retirement Villages
  • Activities directors
  • Alzheimers
  • Hospice
  • ADHD
  • Brain Injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Adoption
  • Foster Care
  • Community services
  • Social Development – Ministry or services, including:
  • Child Youth and Family services
  • Family and Community
  • Older Persons
  • Disability

My means to reach people will be by email or phone locally, and online via WordPress blogs, Twitter groups, About.me profiles, Linked In groups, Facebook family and friends, Google Plus somehow – I am not too familiar with it yet.

I am hoping to publish my business plan sometime tomorrow too.

Time management isn’t a rigid and strict thing to me, it is a way of organising my mind so as not to be overwhelmed, while achieving goals that I set for myself. I had a bit of a sleep this afternoon to catch up, and now a bit of night shift to get my plan on to the blog. I used to do this for work when I was pregnant. I would sometimes drive in to work at 2am to get things done, when unable come in during the day. Flexibility works well for me. It makes best use of my available energy. I am off to get some sleep now. G’night!