For years, people have told me that I should be selling my crafts. (I hate calling them “crafts” but I dabble in so many different mediums, I don’t really know how else to group them together.) I’ve always responded with a firm, “No.” Selling anything is not for me. In college, I worked at very large bath & body store that you can easily find in any local mall for I think a week and a half….if that. To be honest, I may have made it through two complete shifts. Sales is just not in my personality. The last few months though, I have to give myself some credit, I’ve been coming up with some good stuff. (Some things I post for all of you to see, some things I hold on to for future posts, or have them earmarked to coincide with a specific season or holiday, etc.) I don’t know why, but the last time someone inquired about my items being available for sale, something clicked in my head…maybe I should do it.
So, I did it. I officially registered my own business, made a ton of samples of what I think could be desirable items (hence the reason why my posts have been few and far between these last few weeks) and sent them out to get some feedback. The good news: people love my ideas! I’ve focused my products on baby related items, onesies, hats, blankets, etc. I already have a few orders, and I’m so excited to see where this is going to take me. The bad news: I have no idea what I’m doing!
There are so many questions going through my head! I know there are so many of you out there that sell your items, and I could use some help. Here are just a few things causing me major amounts of stress:
1. To Etsy or not to Etsy?
2. Wholesale prices…I know they’re out there, but where the heck do you find them?
3. Consignment? Craft fairs? Website? (Please note: As you can imagine, the available funds are VERY limited!)
These are just a few things causing me major amounts of anxiety while I stay up at night developing long lists of things to accomplish the next day. Mind you, this list seems to be never ending! I know that this is possible, though. One of my favorite blogs, Simplify, is the prime example. Camille, the writer, mom, wife, and business owner, manages to keep a quilt business going, while raising two kids, writing a great blog, and keeping a house clean and a husband happy.
I can do this, too, right?
Nikki, In Stitches