Monday, February 1, 2010

The Cut Down

I cut down my work hours to 18 a week.
I was working 23. This will give me time to work on my radio projects and other homework, plus spend a little more time with my mom.

I've been working on my dad's website. I ordered business cards for my dad AND for myself. Because I've always wanted to buy my own business cards. They'll look like this:Except with my name, my email, and my NOT scribbled out phone number.
It's exciting.

I'm going to feel compelled to give everyone my card.
I got them from VistaPrint.com. I got everything for about $18. My dad got 500 cards, and I got 250.
I also got magnetic signs to go on the side of my dad's car.

I'm hoping with at least a little more advertising, we'll get some more traffic. I really need people to help me advertise, but no one is and I'm scared we're going to fail.

Since my dad lost his job at the paper, I'm worried that we're going to be in the hole and I won't be able to go to college. We can't get advertising for the site until we get more readers, and we won't have an income without advertising.

Gah. At least I cut down my hours. I have a test tomorrow! Wish me luck! It's journalism... so it's hard.

14 comments:

Kimmy said...

I love Vistaprint! They are so cheap :o)

Good luck on the "traffic" and your test tomorrow.

Jillene said...

The cards look great!! Good luck with your test!!

Sheri said...

I ordered from vistaprint for business cards before... BE CAREFUL and tell your dad to cancel whatever recurring charge they'll put on there. It is $15 a month or something if I remember correct... and they don't tell you this when you order from them.

GL on your test. I have a biology test today /panic

Grand Pooba said...

I wish you could just worry yourself about school and not your dad's business too, that puts a lot of pressure on you doesn't it?

Kaitlyn and Daniel said...

as someone who is going to be getting her bachelor's in advertising in may (!) I can give you a little advice on spending a little money in the ad world...

-college newspapers are great places to advertise because a lot of people read them and, depending on their CPM, are probably cheaper in the long run. you can also put fliers up pretty much anywhere on college campuses

-billboard rental with a sign that just says the web address is a great idea. you may be able to find a good deal doing that.

-do any of your local tv shows have features where they interview local businesspeople? that is great PR and all it takes is the time to call the station and put your name on the list.

hope some of that helped!

Kristina P. said...

The cards look great. I hope everything goes well!

Carmen said...

Good luck on your test! I hope things with your dad's site pick up soon!

Yaya said...

I'm glad you cut down your hours. I was worried about you working too much.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi from SITS!

Amander said...

It's definitely a tough time to be starting a new business. Good luck with everything - and I hope the reduced hours help!

Dawn said...

http://themelodythread.blogspot.com/2010/01/student-choreography.html

Good luck on the test!

Teri said...

Hope cutting down on the work hours helps......good luck on your test!

RayeLee said...

Vista Print is great!
And I agree, getting a business started is tough. Just keep working at it, don't give up too soon.
Good luck with the test tomorrow.

Liz said...

I hope you did well on your test!

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