I had several epiphanies the last few days regarding owning your own business.
It started at first with organizational skills.
- It’s hard to be organized when you already have a thousand things on your plate. If you have kids, they are of course your priority. If your other half isn’t part of your business, it makes things a bit difficult from time to time as well. But without a list, a set of goals and time management skills, it’s hard to succeed.
But in order to have organizational skills, you need to be planning all the time. You think ahead several months in advance and predict what is to come. The moment you create a product, from beginning to end, you’re thinking about how you will describe the product, why you made it, dimensions so you know how to ship it and how much, the photography that will answer questions the buyer will have. It just doesn’t stop and you have to be prepared to think that far for every single product.
And thus, passion is a must.
Here’s the part about the Art of Made with Love
I like to use falling in love as an analogy:
If you don’t put yourself [your products] out there, you will never know what the results might be. Yes, you’re scared that it might not work out, maybe people will judge you, deny you etc. and these thoughts become a “maybe tomorrow” excuse or “let me wait and see” excuse and then before you know it, nothing happens.
If starting up an etsy shop sounds like this for you, then you’re amongst other etsy sellers before you. If you don’t feel these things, then you’re most likely selling crappy items just to make a buck. The reason we stamp our products with “Made with Love” is because, the planning/ organizing/ making process encompass passion and love.
The song “Try” by Pink writes in her chorus:
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
really sums up the art of your creations. (I think)
And when one door closes for you, it’s only an opportunity for another to open… so keep making what you love and love what you make, someone in this world appreciates you.