Let’s start with a survey:
Raise your hand if you’re joining me on giving up cokes during the work week?
Good luck and happy caffeine headaches… you’ll be in good company here.
Here we are at Day #2 of “12 for 12” and I am already hesitant to put this one out there, in case I don’t follow through. This one will take time… lots of time… and will be one in the “ongoing project” list.
By the end of 2012 I will have an up and running Etsy store, fully stocked with at least eight items at any time (unless they all are purchased and I must replenish), ready to take custom orders.
Here are a few things I am working on to move in that direction:
- I’m reading this book that my always encouraging, yet practical husband gifted me for Christmas. Chapter one is great so far…and at the end I will be ready to turn my crafting hobby into a business! Let’s keep our fingers crossed:
- I am fiddling around with various logos. Though crafty, I am not much of a drawing/computer designing gal, so this one might be tough. I don’t so much have the funds to hire someone to design a logo, but if anyone has a knack for doodling, I’m always game for some bartering…
- I am creating new things (almost) every day. At this point I am always browsing websites and patterns for inspiration and direction – but I want to create, from my noggin, at least five new “designs” this year.
- One of my hopes is to move to fibers made in the USA – or made by a fair trade organization. I bounce back and forth because it will raise the price of my items because the fibers cost more… and I already have a hard enough time pricing my items anyway. (I usually just end up giving things away or selling them at cost…) At the same time, I won’t over-indulge in fibers and fabrics and end up having way too much stuff that I don’t know what to do with. Conundrum.
- Mainstreaming my items is a big first step… making several of a few items. And YOU can help by telling me what you think would do well in my shop of what I’ve shown you over the past couple of years.
- Sell items in at least one local venue, wherever we may be calling home at the end of 2012. This could be a farmers’ market, a craft shop, a festival, a boutique… put me in coach, I’m ready to play.
So this is a big one. A challenging one. A humbling one.
I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.
Wish me luck.