Starting out in the crafting business with my parents years ago was an experience. It was the good, the bad, and the ugly that made up the experience as a whole that left a lasting impression with me even today. We had fun creating our wares and interacting with each other, until it came to crunch time. Then, it was all the last minute tasks that had us at our wits end. Finishing products, planning booth set-up, pricing, etc... We were at each other's throats by the time the booth was set up and ready for the craft show to open. Then, we settled down once we realized the booth was ready and we could chat with the customers and had a wonderful day. We did several local craft shows and we always made sales and some profit (I won't go into the whole arguement we would have with Mom and her pricing ideas). Anyway, the craft show season ended and thus ended our crafting days.
Until now, that is! I have ventured into my own craftiness and, thanks to a little thing called the internet, started a year-round craft business. My how times have changed! I have had hits on my etsy store from several countries around the world, where we were lucky if people came to the craft shows from 5 surrounding neighborhoods. The internet, and all of the hi-tech gizmos and gadgets now available, are helping to make my dream of staying home with my kids, while working, come true. That is, if I can utilize it correctly! I know the word is getting out, thanks to my wonderfully supportive family and friends, but there will always be more people to reach out to that haven't heard of me.
I attended a virtual lab discussion on the importance of blogging for business and I plan on keeping my blog updated and informative so that the word will keep spreading. Please be patient with me and I would love any and all input that you are willing to share!