Have you ever had the perfect plan in your head but yet you seem to be stuck? Unable to do the steps to get to that amazing end goal. Yep, me too. It’s usually something that feels so silly once you think about it that’s holding you back. Let me tell you, I’m pretty sure we all have been there at one point or another in our lives.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far in my small business journey:
1. We all have to start somewhere! I started as a stay at home mom wanting to make extra money so my husband didn’t have to work so much.Other people start with a business degree, or a preexisting blog or have been doing their trade their whole lives. Don’t compare your start point to theirs. We are all different.
2. Supporting each other is totally worth it. The maker community is such a beautiful one. So many different types of people from all over. Make sure you let other makers know you love what they are doing. It will start some pretty great friendships.
3. No one masters social media right away. Props, perfect lighting, hashtags, giveaways, stories, lives. Man, it can all be incredibly overwhelming. Especially if you play the compare game. Work with what you have and love what you do. It will show in your work.
4. Invest what you can, not what you think you have to. Please, please, please take this one seriously! I have seen a few people drop a lot more then they were able to on start up costs thinking they would immediately. That hardly ever happens. If you see a shop open and be immediately successful dollar to donuts they have been on the scene awhile before they opened.
5. Be willing to change your game plan. I was going to run a beautiful amazingly successful Etsy shop. I was going to do shop updates and sell out the next day. That didn’t happen. For me my main source of sales comes from commissions and Instagram. So just be willing to be flexible because a sale is a sale on any platform.
6. Make what you like not what everyone else is making. Yes, you want people to like what you are making. But if you don’t like it or it’s not your style it’s going to show in your photos.
7. Have fun! Seriously have fun doing what you do!
Let’s get stitching!