Friday, November 12, 2010

struggle...

I'm sitting on my couch on this crisp autumn morning, with a mug of hot apple cider in my hands (not while I type of course) contemplating my recent creative rut. I chalk it up to the fact that I was on creative overload for a time while getting ready for my sale. I think I used up all my creative juices during that process and I need to build up a store again. The other possibility I'm contemplating is more along the lines of creative overload. Now that I'm done with prepping for my sale I have the freedom to work on things I've been wanting to for a long time or things that I had in progress before my sale.  I think I have too many choices and can't focus on one thing.
The other thing weighing on my mind is where I want to be with my life right now. I have really loved the time I have spent in the last several months working on my creative projects and on my blog. If I had a sugar daddy to support me there would be no question as to where I would be going with my life starting today. Unfortunately the bills need to be paid and all of that other crappy adult stuff. I've been reading a lot about how to really get a crafting business off the ground and a lot of it scares me. What if nobody likes what I make? What if I lose interest in it because all of a sudden it's a job rather than a hobby? The part that I have no interest in is the business side of things. I hate having to sit down and deal with money and taxes, yuck. To do it the right way I would need to be a real business too, with a license and a name and all that jazz. I feel like that is just a recipe for trouble...
Oh, and you have to have the capitol to start a business, what if I made a bunch of items and spent the money but then found that nobody would buy them? It's all just really scary to think of, but I know lots of people do it successfully.
They say to follow your bliss... I think they forgot to say how much courage it takes...

3 comments:

angelabbf said...

I'm so right there with you... The business side scares me. I want to just pay someone to help me figure it all out so I can just be creative.

Ava said...

Amy, I see that you have an etsy account. Have you considered selling your crafts through that channel? You can keep your inventory fairly low, and work on a per-request basis too.

In terms of applying for a business license/etc. it's really not too complicated and I can tell you what I did for my photography business. Yes, you do need some money to pay for the business application fees, but you can do it all in under $300 (which you can then claim on your taxes later as business expenses).

You're right, that it does take courage, but if anyone has it, I know you do!

And Angela, where is your cupcake stand, girl?

Melissa said...

The business side of selling your own crafts may be daunting. But, honestly, I think anyone who chooses to apply (& get) a business license NEVER regrets it. Your life (taxes, income, etc.) can change COMPLETELY for the better with a business license. Think of ALL the things you can write off.... :) my 2 cents..