A variety of unfortunate situations have brought me here. I’m hoping a generous stranger might have some compassion and funds to spare.
I am a makeup artist and my business was greatly impacted by COVID-19. I was fortunate enough to receive unemployment, but that has since ended. Once it was safer to be out and about, I began working again, but my bills had piled up and I still wasn’t earning at the rate I used to. I decided that I needed to start finding another stream of income so that if another pandemic hit, I was more prepared and had other resources. I have spent the last year developing an online beauty business where I sell my own makeup line and offer virtual lessons and services. I’m planning on doing pop up shops and classes as well.
I was able to invest in the makeup line because I did receive some funding from Covid relief. My first product came out almost a month ago and I’m getting sales slowly, but not enough to afford my bills. I cannot get a business loan because this is a brand new business and my bank statements don’t show income from this new business. This prevents me from getting a personal loan as well.
I am not close with my family and I can’t ask my friends. My friends couldn’t afford to help me anyways. I suffer from depression and anxiety, as well as complex PTSD. The pandemic intensified that and I struggle a LOT to get through the day. I don’t want to complain or use this as an excuse or to receive pity, but I truly have some mental health issues that hold me back. I have searched for financial resources for survivors like me, but there’s no emergency funding that can help me now.
I am SO certain my business will work out, but I need more time to grow and get customers. I have been really excited about it because it will allow me to work from home more, which I need due to my issues listed above. I was crossing my fingers that my sales would take off miraculously but that hasn’t happened. I have researched extensively on how I can stay afloat and I just can’t find anything.
In the immediate future (like now, yikes!) I need to cover my rent from last month and this month. My landlord gave me extra time, but she won’t give me much more. And I also need to cover my bills and doggy expenses (I have an angel on earth named Vivian).
I don’t know if it’s rude to say exactly what I need, but thought being clear might help. I need about $3500 right now, but it could be more. I’m truly crossing my fingers that this is temporary and I will absolutely pay it forward one day when I can.
Thank you SO much for taking the time to read this! I will also include my website so you can see I have a real business. :)