So ever since I can remember I have been crafty. I love to create things, scrapbooking, photography, dance I love it all. I can’t draw I am horrifically bad at that but I’m good at what I do. For years I was a digital scrapbooker and I loved it. I was on creative teams (you get the products for free in exchange for creating a page that the designer can use for advertising) I was involved in all the forums, I got paid to create pages for others and I enjoyed it. I however as I have been known to do took on too many CTs and commitments and soon my wonderful creative hobby just wasn’t fun anymore so I quit. Every now and again I will open up photoshop and create something but it is few and far between. I also invested in a cutting machine and had great fun crafting with it (after it sat in a box for about a year cause I was too intimidated to use it) and this is my current obsession. Once I started cutting Vinyl with it and making t shirts and bags etc I then branched out and bought a heat press. It was around this time I thought, yep this is something I could make a business out of, but I couldn’t find the courage to jump in head first and get my name out there.
First my problem was pricing. I didn’t know what a fair price is for a product including my time and labour etc. I’m not good at this type of stuff so I decided I’d just make them for cost if somebody wanted them. Which is ridiculous but I didn’t have a craft calculator or a business advisor and honestly I suck at stuff like that, I can be creative until the cows come home but ask me about profit margins and I couldn’t tell my arse from my elbow. I spoke to Ash and she reminded me that you have to add in cost of machines and wear and tear and overheads (at this stage I was beginning to feel overwhelmed and thought screw it nope not doing it nope sorry no back into my happy crafting bubble) so I put the idea on the back burner.
I then got my first official business order of shirts for a dance class. I was so excited and I made them so carefully and was so proud of them when they were done. I got lots of compliments on them and was like dude I can so do this. They looked awesome!
Then I received a notification that one of the products I had used on the shirts may have been part of a batch that was defective (defective as in it might not stay stuck to the shirt not as in it was dangerous) so that really knocked my confidence, I know its ridiculous because I don’t even know for 100% that the stuff I used was part of the defective batch for all I know it could have been fine (I still have the money I earned for those shirts stuck away in case they come back with them and say hey these shirts are terrible quality I demand a refund!) I have asked the teacher and she said that none of the parents have complained or said anything so I am probably worrying about nothing. I am a sensitive person and I couldn’t deal with confrontation when it came to a business (confrontation that hasn’t happened but in my little anxious brain I have replayed conversations over and over again) so I stuck the idea on the back burner again.
Recently I have made some things that I really really love and I am getting confident again. I’m only including two pictures as otherwise I will bore you.
So I decided I can do this. I am woman hear me roar (but quietly so I don’t draw attention to myself) So I decided to put my big girl panties on and just put it out there. Here is the link to my official business facebook page:
Hope you like it and feel free to place an order (this is marketing right?!?)
Until next time, let your gypsy soul wander.