I started my embroidery business last year sort of willy nilly, just to see how things might go. I embroidered, I experimented with mediums and techniques, and I pushed my weird little fledgelings out into the world without editing a single photo or giving a single thought to marketing. Most found new homes and I gained some new skills and a few fans. I dared to think this little art venture of mine might just be viable.
So here I am, starting a new year with a baby business, trying to learn all the things a small business owner needs to be competent in: accounting, taxes, photography, editing, website design, marketing, pricing, video creation, selling. Oh, and fiercely guarding Art Time, which ironically is the first thing that gets lost in all the other to-dos. This stage is by turns daunting and exciting: some of these new skills suit me, some just don't. At. All. (No, I have NOT had any breakdowns or tantrums over photo editing, why do you ask?) But I buckle down to learn because I must. And because I hope it will allow me to continue to do the thing I love the most: creating and sharing all this strange art.
If you're reading this, then I hope you'll come along with me for the ride. And perhaps my ups and downs will inspire you to follow your dreams, too.