So, somehow July has absolutely flown by and I’m doing another ‘Starting my own Creative Business’ update. If I’m honest there isn’t half as much to update you on as I’d have liked. I still feel like the Lord is trying to tell me to give up on the whole idea haha. BUT, I’ll continue to persevere and work my butt off to make it happen.
Phone cases are on hold once again, I’ve managed to print quite a few of my first design but a part of me thinks it’s silly to advertise just a couple of cases. I can’t buy any more cases due to a delay with the suppliers. MORE DELAYS, MORE WAITING.
In the mean time I’ve been coming up with more ideas of products that I can sell. I’ve got some cute little craft cards and I’ve started drawing on some of them. I like the idea of selling them separately or 3 for an offer price. I’m going to the Cotswolds with my family next week so plan to take my pens and sketchbooks to draw more and just try and create as many product designs as I can.
This evening I’ve been setting up my Etsy shop. Initially I was undecided as to whether I would sell solely on Etsy or solely on an independent site. After seeking advice from some other small business owners they recommended me doing both. Etsy will help me build a customer base and an independent site will allow repeat customers to shop directly through my own website.
My aim for August is to have a few more phone case designs ready to be printed on the cases when I can eventually get my mitts on them. I’d also like to have a few different hand drawn cards available on my Etsy and website. If you’re create I feel like you need to acknowledge that you likely won’t have ideas all the time. It’s difficult to always have fresh ideas and it’s important to not beat yourself up if you haven’t been able to come up with a new idea for a design. (I’m learning to keep this in my mind at all times)