July has seen the initial implementation of a new government contract, that governs remuneration in my industry sector. It has been met with great uncertainty and apprehension by industry contractors, in part because the government still doesn't know the full implications of what they propose, and yet we are forced to sign this contract to get any money at all, at this stage...
The result, is that my boss is quite uncertain how things are going to go for us and quite candidly stated this today. The possible implications being that he, and I, could be out of a job... perhaps Nostradamus was right after all, about 2012!
Of course I could seek employment with another business within the industry, or consider switching countries (again!), but it made me ponder, is it time to simply get out and do something else.
I had always wondered if my 'hobby' could sustain me?
So, I thought about offering a commission painting service.
Obviously you can see the standard of my work by looking through this blog.
At this point I don't know what my charges would be, but would guess there would be a range of costs depending on what level of painting standard was required, and what figure scale is involved.
A flat base colour would be cheaper, than a more expensive shade and highlight.
Basing would be another factor.
Obviously there will be shipping cost implications; the commissioner, would have to pay to ship the figures to me and cover costs for their safe return.
The other factor would be what turn around time I can realistically achieve. At the present I paint in my spare time for my pleasure. How much I could get done on a full time basis, who knows...?
At the moment, I am still in full time employment, and this is likely (I hope) to be the case for the next 6 months or so, thanks to 'interim payments from government' until they figure out whats going to happen... and we get to grips with the true implications of this new contract.
This is all very much up in the air at the moment, and perhaps I am just rambling...
... or there again, this could be the way forward...
...at this point I am unsure...
...but... if you have experience of other painting services, and can give me idea of likely charges, and perhaps, more importantly, are interested in offering me a commission, please get in touch and we can chat through the proposal. No promises yet though!
Oh, I'm in New Zealand, if you didn't already know, so that could impact on shipping costs...