Last night my favorite customer sent me a text: “How serious are you guys about starting a business?” I had seen him a couple weeks ago and introduced him to R___. It was the first time he’d danced with anyone else with me, and they got along swimmingly. We talked a lot about the business we’re starting, but I was still surprised and honored to hear last night’s business proposal out of the blue.
Having invested in another creative business in the past, which he is now seeing returns on, he wants to reinvest in another artistic endeavor. Unlike the Kickstarter route that we were going to (and probably still will) employ, this would be a proper business agreement, contracted and all. We’ve recently costed our products and now need to find a sellthrough rate and the distribution avenues that work best for us. What really pleases me is that there are strip club patrons who are able to see us as human beings, neither pigeon-holed sex workers or princesses to dote on (although I’m not opposed to the latter, it has no place in entrepreneurship). Likewise, I intend to see the people I meet at work as human beings of limitless potential, whether they become fond friends and business partners or are simply that guy who comes in for prime rib every week and tells me about his morning commute.