I finally made the plunge yesterday and closed my Shopify shop. I’m also migrating Till Tuesday Designs (with Etsy) over to Purple Moon Designs (also on Etsy). I don’t like the idea of having all my eggs in one basket, but this will definitely simplify my hobby and allow more time to list all the product I made several months ago. I also won’t make the mistake of forgetting to remove an item from Shopify when it sells on Etsy. (major oops!) Etsy has the option for shop owners to have a “website” through them and with the changes they’ve recently made, I think it might work ok for me. It’s certainly worth giving a try for a few months. PurpleMoonDesigns.biz will still have it’s own site, but it won’t take as much time away from what I really want to be working on, with is making accessories and jewelry.
I do inventory every few months, which is usually uneventful other than the mess it makes. This time I found NEW hair sticks mixed in with my listed items! Yay!! I’m listing them as I type, so they’ll be available soon. (multitasking is probably what caused this hullabaloo to begin with.)
- Research, learn, study… All the information you need is free online, it just takes time to track it down. When you’ve exhausted this resource, you still might want to take classes to continue growing (ie metal working, sewing)
- When looking for inspiration, step out of your comfort zone and see what else is going on in the world.
- Start now. Don’t wait for your dreams to come to you. Whether you start small are take a giant leap of faith, just get started.
- Ask for help when you need it. If you now someone who can build a website, ask if they’ll give some tips. Have a bookkeeper in your network? Hit her up for some advice. If you’d feel better paying for assistance but lack the funds, barter skills. Not sure what to trade – ask if they need a babysitter or you could run a few errands for them.
- Believe in yourself. If you don’t, then who else will?
- Use criticism to your advantage. Sometimes another person’s opinion can help improve your technique or steer you in a direction you hadn’t thought about.
Advice I wouldn’t give:
- Go all in. This is doesn’t work for everyone, so don’t feel you have to go down this path. Most “makers” would love to quit their day job and devote every moment of their day to creating, but in today’s economy, it can be foolish to take this chance. Some things take time to learn, so taking things slow can be the right decision.
- Chase every opportunity. You could end up down a road paved in gold that you wouldn’t have found on your own, but chances are greater that you’ll end up wasting time and resources that would have been better spent if you had stayed focused. Think long and hard before heading in a different direction.
- Don’t be afraid to share your dreams with your loved ones. Sometimes, it’s better to keep your crazy ideas to yourself than to have someone smash them to bits. Be selective who you talk to and make sure they will be supportive and encouraging. If the creator of the Pet Rock had told the wrong person what he was thinking…. (It actually started as a joke made to friends, but you get the idea.)
In the end, you’ll never know unless you try it so take a cleansing breath and jump in.