Hello Hello! You’re probably thinking, where did she go?! My last blog post was right after Christmas!
I started a small business!
For years and years art has always been a huge outlet for me. When I was little I didn’t really play with toys or video games or anything, I just colored or drew all day. And even then I was really harsh on myself (if my little squiggly birds didn’t look right I tore it up!). I’m still harsh even today, but I’m learning and getting better with practice.
I opened my small business about 3 weeks ago and I am SO HAPPY that I did. I’ve already gotten more customers than I could imagine! My shop has two different “types” of things to purchase. I have a small shop of my custom designs onto apparel, and then I have a custom pet art business!
If you know anything about me you know I ADORE animals. I mean, I’m a vet assistant..HEELLLOOOOO?! Anyways, yes I love all animals the moment I meet them and would die for any of them. So drawing people pets has seriously brought me so much happiness and warms my heart so much I can’t even begin to explain it.
I take a photo provided by my customer, and turn that into a beautiful piece of art! And that art can then be printed onto apparel (by yours truly!), or made into stickers, magnets, or decals! Since I’ve started running my shop I’m probably working 12 hour days a least, 6 days a week, and I wouldn’t change anything about it.
Opening this shop was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’ve gotta say, without Covid I don’t know that I would’ve ever done that, so thank God for Covid! I’ve always been a person who has a very difficult time with the whole “9-5 corporate job killing you” situation in our society. I’ve never had a “dream job”, there was literally no job I could think of that I was like “yah, I wana do that for the rest of my life for a company who doesn’t care about me at all”. But I have found it! Turns out it isn’t working for any company! It’s working for myself.
I was always so scared that I would be stuck in a job I hated forever, and just live my life basically being miserable 85% of the time.
If you’re considering starting your own small business, I won’t lie. IT is ALOT of work. Literally all I do, all day long, everyday is work on my shop- I wouldn’t have it any other way. Just don’t give up. And consider creating your product isn’t the only thing you have to worry about- there’s cost (much higher than you’d think), packaging, space for everything, photography, web design, and social media marketing (which is so difficult and impossibly time consuming FYI). The learning curve is extreme. I personally have not had great successes with Tailwind, but I’ve heard MANY great reviews from them, so maybe it’s a me problem. But if you’re ready to take all that on, I say go for it!
Promise I’ll start posting here more 😉