Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

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Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#1 Post by screenmac » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:52 pm

The America economy isn't growing fast enough. Sometimes it hard to a find job. Some places don't have a job openings. You are stuck and struggling to find a job.
What should you do if your time management fails such as Job, income, marriage, etc?

Should you do like JK Rowling writing a Renpy Games or Find a low level Job quit American Dream?

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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#2 Post by Rinima » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:02 pm

Well, getting a job would be more secure.... just keep looking and work on your visual novel at the same time, but don't just rely on visual novels to begin with!
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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#3 Post by fleet » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:05 pm

Find a job.
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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#4 Post by screenmac » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:15 pm

Man... This is scary as hell. Even if there's no job openings on the public. Lack of Job openings. Lack of startups.

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#5 Post by MaiMai » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:26 pm

Find a job.
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#6 Post by thebackup » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:27 pm

I must admit, I thought I could make a living selling visual novels. Boy was I wrong.

Yeah... keep looking for a job. And when you do find one, you can use what you earned to help create your VN, whether it be free or commercial.
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#7 Post by curry nochi rice » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:36 pm

I swear to God, get a job. Please do get one.
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#8 Post by KittyKatStar » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:57 pm

You're very likely to spend money to make your VN so.... A job is best.
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#9 Post by Rinima » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:57 pm

I mean, selling visual novels is kinda nice for pocket money, but it's now where near enough to support yourself.
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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#10 Post by SundownKid » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:07 pm

Get a job, any job. It will probably be a lot easier on you then trying to make money via visual novels. It's anything but guaranteed, especially if you have no experience in it and you fail at any one of these things: writing, programming, marketing, time management, design, team management, hiring, etc. If you don't have a game that can get through Steam Greenlight then you can forget making much money, and that is a toss up.

Plus you will need some money to invest in it off the bat, so if you are hard up on cash you will want to first make some money to invest in the game. Even if you go the Kickstarter route you will need a couple thousand dollars to make a decent Kickstarter pitch and demo.

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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#11 Post by KomiTsuku » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:21 pm

The job market isn't as bleak as you seem to think it is, but I'm going to be the argumentative one and say go with the visual novel route. Sure, there's a 95% chance that you'll end up destitute, but there's always that 5% chance that you'll hit it big and be set. I get the feeling that you're probably younger, which means you have plenty of time to recover should things not pan out. If you always worry about the bottom line in life, you'll never be happy.

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#12 Post by netravelr » Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:46 pm

I would suggest spend half your day working on finding a job, and half the day working on your visual novel. That way if you don't find a job, you still are doing something that you feel is productive. Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#13 Post by TrickWithAKnife » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:23 pm

Find a job. Any job. It's easier to find a better job when you are already employed.

The only situation in which this should be debated is if you've already put out a decent number of VNs that have made good profits.
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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#14 Post by mugenjohncel » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:41 pm

screenmac wrote:Should you do like JK Rowling writing a Renpy Games or Find a low level Job quit American Dream?
Why limit yourself to only two options?... What about the third option?... risk it all by getting a loan and... start... a... Business? :wink:

Once you have a stable stream of income that generate revenue with minimum supervision... that would be the day when you can grow your hair long, grow a mustache, wear aloha shirt, get fat and start making VN's while generally just goofing around without being encumbered by day job/money concerns.

Of course, not everyone has the proper mindset to engage in such high stakes gamble. If that's the case, then Trick's suggestion is the next best thing... Find a job, any job... and focus on it for the meantime... set aside money for that dream VN of yours and once you've saved enough, that's the time you strike and make the VN of your dreams without sacrificing/compromising your vision of it... Making VN's is supposed to be fun... sure, profit is also a driving force in making VN's but that's the minority, the people who enjoy making VN's while making money out of it... And while we're on the subject of people who did succeed... chances are, it's... either break even or just Thousands or Hundreds of Thousands but never Millions...

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It's not worth to strain yourself trying to create a VN under such financial / time / situation constraints and even if you did manage to succeed, will you be satisfied by the end result knowing very well that you probably did not enjoy making it as much as if you are in a less constrained situation... or perhaps you did enjoy making it but at the expense of your financial stability...
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Re: Unemployed... Should you get a job or Sell Visual Novel?

#15 Post by LVUER » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:32 pm

Why not both? It's not like selling (or do you mean MAKING) visual novels must be a full time job. You can find job and while at that, start making visual novels and raking up experiences. It's always nice to have options ;)
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