I was jumping through Distribution hoops for days. I was jumping through WPN hoops for Days. I bought my POS on Friday June 29. No training until July 5. I ordered my CC machine on Friday June 29. They were supposed to overnight it Monday. Arrive on Tuesday. I get my e-mail from WPN on Friday. They will call me on Tuesday. Even thogh I have a HUGE event planned for July 1. They will activate me on Thursday. I was supposed to get a check from an investor on Friday and meet with a Notary to make it all legal.
Friday rolls by no investor. I am so busy getting all my ducks in a row with everything else it just kind of slips by that it didn't happen.
Monday I try and contact WPN. They say nope. Your call is Tuesday Sorry. I contact CC company. Is my CC machine on the way? Where is my tracking number. I call support line. I Email my sales rep at CC company. No Tracking number.
Monday is Hurry up and wait...
Tuesday Rolls round. I call CC company Where is my CC Machine? Oh we will overnight it to you. It hasn't shipped yet! WPN calls. You will be activated for Thursday. Sorry your 30 player event on Sunday July 1 doesn't count for anything.
People keep asking me how is it going.
I tell them I have done everything I can do. Now it is Hurry up and wait.
So the Wednesday 4th of July was Hurry up and wait...
On my way into the Shop on Thursday July 5th, 2018 I got a message that I was approved by a Distributor. This was 10:00AM
I get to the shop and Fed ex pulls up moments later with my CC machine. Where are the cords? Oh it doesn't come with cords. Call us when you have them and we will activate for you...
A few minutes later I get a call from my sales rep saying If I want product for m19 I need to have an order in by 1:00pm.
So down to my last $5.64 in my business account... I pull out My personal credit card and light up my Distributors online cart like a Christmas tree.
While on the phone with my distributor my investor walks in from out of the blue ready to give me a check to help pay for all this inventory I was ordering.
We run down to the bank to notarize the contract of the loan. The notary was a former online streamer and wants to check out the store.
I have to go get some No batteries included parts at Best buy after the bank run to get my CC machine going.
I run to my bank to deposit my check. 24 hour hold on the money.
Then I get reminder e-mail that my POS online training is starting in 10 minutes. Oh shit that was for Thursday at 3:30pm...
I do the onine training. By now its close to 5:00pm.
I call my CC company and they activate my CC machine just in time for my 1st paying event customers start rolling in at 5:45. Then 19 commander players roll in at 7PM.
By 8:00pm I felt I had sprinted a Marathon.
On the other side of the counter customers were extremely happy with the store. How clean and well lit is it. How smoothly the events ran. etc. How they missed Nerdstock and my store has the same vibe as Nerdstock. How they haven't even looked at there Magic the gathering cards since Nerdstock closed. And here they are playing again. It was a great feeling.
I will never forget this day. Its the story you tell your grand kids. You do everything right. You jump through all the hoops. You know money is the only barrier. The bank won't loan you a dime. Investor talks had stalled for weeks. How I just kept going, knowing it would all work out somehow. Like a Muse or a Ghost standing behind you saying just keep going, trust me, it's going to work out for you. And then Every barrier in front of you a friend or old Nerdstock customer shows up out of the blue and has the solution to the current barrier. I was down to my last $5.64 and Not knowing how or if financing was going to happen.
And then it all comes together at once.
I love it when a plan comes together...
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