Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chasing the Dream

I’m starting a business. Actually, I’ve had the business for 10 years, but I just recently named it. Recently, like, 10 minutes ago when I called the Chase United Mileage Plus get-me-a-card-and-miles phone number. They asked what my employment status was. I didn’t think “living off whatever the man in the family can catch and kill” would get me a card, so I told them I was self employed. Fine. They asked me what line of business. I nearly choked, but Hal had prepped me, so I said, “Photography.” Then, the sneaky boogers asked me what the name of my company was. I’m so clever and so creative that you’d better hold on tight while I tell you the name.

Ready?

Photography, Inc.

And to think, I used to be good at lying. Perhaps I only know how to lie to native English speakers. So, good move with the outsourcing, Chase! You rascals.

Then, while mulling over my now-stuck-with-it stupid business name, I decided I could be witty and call it...

Photography Ink.

Sort of like LA Ink, but without all the boobs and swastikas.

Here’s the deal with my business, though. I don’t actually do anything. I mean, other than think about what I would do if I weren’t so nervous, if I had a studio, if I had lights, if I had enough gumption (I’ve always wanted to write that word) to haul myself down to Office Depot to make business cards. I really think that the best thing, for me, about my new Self Employed status is that I really don’t have to answer to anyone about how I spend, or don’t spend, my time. In fact, I think I’ll reward myself for a good job undone by giving myself use of the company credit card to go get dinner. If, that is, Chase is stupid enough to approve me.

7 comments:

BlueSkiesBreaking said...

I am currently reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and he would think this is the best idea you ever came up with!! I might actually agree. You should really do this!! PS I love you!!!!!

buttercup said...

Check your email. I saved you the trouble of needing to design a business card. I'm behind you 100% in this not-so-new business venture.

Barbara Bee said...

Someday, you should totally do it. That's what my niece did. She has made it so big that her husband quit
his job. Check out her photography at Nicolev.com

Her work was on the cover of a big photography magazine this year, with a full interview inside. She now does workshops all over the world and she's about 36 years old.

Jody England Hansen said...

Oooooh - Big bahama Mama with a credit card and business cards. I love the thought of it. I just got new business cards for the first time in 24 years. I got tired of writing my number on bits of scrap paper when people asked me about the classes I teach and my artwork.
I can already picture several designs for this business card of yours. Watch out world!

halsadick said...

She was approved for the card instantly, by the way. And her credit limit is bigger than mine--by a LOT!!

Irish Cream said...

LOVE the name! Too clever, but then, that's your intelligence and talent. You can always call them and tell them they spelled your business name wrong, and then they will know that you are intelligent and clever, too. But, then, if they are really not native English speakers, they may not get the clever ingenuity.

Jason said...

Use vistprint for your business cards...for around $5 you pay shipping and handling...and all is well..and you get 250 cards...Have a great day....