It looks like the Ytheatre School won’t be properly gearing up until March 2012, so I’ve decided to start a small business in the meantime; something that can help make ends meet until I can move to doing Theatre full time.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about and experimenting with personal backup solutions for a while now. Maybe I can help people who don’t have time to think about that kind of thing with theirs, thought I.
So having pulled that idea out of thin air, I made a quickie website to advertise it, and presto:
http://squeeze-box.net –> my personal backup consulting business.
My target demographic is relatively affluent but busy expats, who simply don’t have the time and figure out how to protect their data on their own. They just want someone to come in to set things up, and then pass over the keys, which suits me fine.
I’m really only interested in working with people on personal data, not businesses, because businesses require more specialized and expensive solutions that demand ongoing and time consuming support, and I don’t really want to work in that world. There are already consulting businesses charging an arm and a leg for much more comprehensive service packages than I could offer. Helping individuals protect their documents and important memories at a more modest price is more my style. I envision completing most jobs within a day or two, depending on their complexity.
I’m not quite sure exactly how I’m going to get the word out yet, but I think I will need to make some paper flyers in order to get them into the right hands. Of course, if you know someone who fits my target demographic, has lots of personal data (photos, documents, etc), and wants to make sure that a housefire, virus, or earthquake doesn’t erase years of memories, then feel free to point him or her my way if you are so inclined.
(Why only people who live in Kanto? Because I need to work on the computers I’m backing up. Also, I want to meet with prospective clients to determine their backup needs so I can customize a solution for them.)