After hitting the two year mark for my business I reflected a bit back to when I first started and all the things I had yet to learn. I thought I would share some of those things with you as well as articles/links that helped me out.
First thing, you will tell yourself that its going to be a hard road and you know that BUT it is a HARD road.. Step 1: work hard, Step 2: Revisit Step 1, Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2. And don't be discouraged by this, hard work makes your work all that much better in the end because you are constantly pushing toward a bigger goal, you may feel like you have lost sight of it multiple times but you will find it and get to it eventually.
Next thing, It can be scary and overwhelming at the best of times. things like applying for shows, creating stock, display, travel will become a bit much at times. Take things slow and research everything from display ideas, what shows other crafters recommend, and popular Items of the year. There is so much to look into but taking one step at a time and having others to bounce ideas off of really helps. For articles to read check out : Etsy Blogs it has inspirational stories, help with your shops, ideas and more.
Find people with similar goals to hang out with and learn from. The people around you are very important to motivating you and teaching you. Motivated people motivate you, unmotivated people will drag you down. Now this doesn't mean you need to drop people you know and find new ones but to expand your circle of friends. However, you will find the some people will drift away from you and that is unavoidable. they are either unable to adjust to your new lifestyle or are just in a different head space/place in life causing a drift to occur. Those that stay with you and are excited for you are the people you want to keep around.
Most importantly Love What You Do and Don't Give Up! you will doubt your self a lot especially if you envision success but hit some bumpy roads and don't do as well as you would of liked. You have to keep going, find friends you can talk you to help you clear your head or talk about your trouble and you will gain new perspectives and ideas! Road blocks happen, and you need to see them as challenges to overcome not dead ends. I'm really happy I have awesome friends that I can bounce ideas off of or them telling me I need to take a breather and look at things differently to find answers (P.s. ice cream at Denny's at 2am with a friend is a great idea! I highly recommend it). Don't get to mixed up in the paper work or focusing on one huge end goal, you loose sight of why you loved what you were doing. If it feels right go with it and the goal you are searching for may be right around the corner. Loving what you do keeps new ideas coming (keep a idea journal. you will forget awesome ideas if you don't...trust me...)
So to finish this off I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported me in this endevor! My supportive family, my sexy man, My amazing friends, and my fans! This summer will be a awesome one and I can't wait to be at the summer conventions this year!
I am a artisan based out of New Westminster BC. Creativity is one of my escapes and I really enjoy bringing weird and wonderful to life!