I had a credit card dream two days ago. I dreamt I bought a new hat, a cowboy hat to be specific. And it cost me $101,000.
Me – “But it’s just a hat! A hat can’t possibly cost $101,000. Someone over-charged me.”
Retail girl – “We’ll look into it.”
Then a cluster of shoppers stood outside the entrance of the store and they were all looking up. I went over to see what they were all looking at, and that’s when I spotted a tornado.
Me – “Run! Everybody run!”
I ran back into the store while everyone stood outside completely hypnotized by the swirling colors in the sky. It was actually beautiful, but I didn’t stick around to see it.
People started getting sucked up to the left and right of me. I figured that as long as I stayed in motion, it would be harder for the tornado to suck me up. I was right. I was safe.
Everything in this dream symbolizes monitory troubles. Everything except the new hat – new hats symbolize business gains.
I went to work at my new business yesterday after having that dream, and sat down beside my new employee, Holly, behind our one desk.
My employee is great. She’s young, cute, and came very close to selling a membership the other day. But…..And this is a huge but….
Now I remember why I love working alone.
We have one large reception desk that I managed to squeeze two chairs behind. We’re in very close quarters – shoulder to shoulder just about. And this girl can talk. Man-o-man can she talk. Not necessarily crazy garbage talk that makes no sense, but the kind of talk you would expect to hear from a 23 year old fresh face normal everyday lassy.
I was never a normal everyday lassy even at her age.
I couldn’t blog, couldn’t read, I couldn’t fall asleep while listening to an audiobook. I was stuck there – literally, I couldn’t get out. Our chairs were jammed that close together.
I wanted to bang my head against the desk listening to her. I couldn’t pay attention to anything she said – and it’s not that I don’t care or don’t like her, I like her a lot actually. I just couldn’t do it. My energy waned and I started looking forward to giving a massage – an escape back into my head.
I officially opened April 18 and today is April 24. I managed to make almost $1000 ($990 to be exact), since I opened (not counting today). This is in membership sales, gift certificates, and clients that I massaged during those days, 3 of which I had no clients due to Easter weekend. So in 3 days, I made $990 (not counting tips).
I know what you’re thinking, “dang girl that’s the shit!” But to me it doesn’t feel like the shit. I’m still in freak-out mode. $990 can’t pay for my rent which is $1250 and due in 6 days. I’m running out of my personal line of credit, and my employee is there all day today with only two clients on the books. She is my greatest expense. Not the rent, not the utilities (I got that bill in the mail today), but it’s her. Only when she has no clients.
I sold 40 Amazon Local Deals. I get a check from them May 6 (which I don’t count as earned money until they get redeemed). I’m also selling 300 Groupons starting May 6.
Groupon upped the amount they pay merchants from $18 a massage, to $20. My therapists get $12 for massaging Groupon and Amazon Local people. If they rebook with my therapists, they get $17 for massaging them.
I’m still utilizing my original plan of attack. Sell Groupons, keep my employee’s fully booked, and wait (pray) for the rebookings. Once the rebookings start, I won’t have any more dreams about tornado’s.
I’m using Massage Envy’s mode of structure which entails memberships. If I can sell 60 memberships, I’ll be set for life. My business will be established and stable with 60 memberships. I sold 2 in those 3 days I been open.
I’m sitting in my office in Middlefield. I’m here today, tomorrow, and Tuesday is my last day.
There’s no better way to savor the end of an era with a video clip. My little office may be dying out, but my dream of being a self-made millionaire shall live on. And okay, I’m a dork with iMovie.