Monday, March 15, 2010

Being Your Own Boss

My mother and I have ventured into the world of online retailing on Etsy this past January. We've been around for almost 3 full months now and it has been an experience for sure! I love Etsy, its a great community. Some things buyers want and ask for are a bit silly and I don't agree with, but because of the nature of Etsy and the immense community, its hard to micromanage what buyers and sellers do on there.

However!

I think it is a great place to start. I've been twirling the idea of being my own boss for quite a LONG time now. I most definitely want to officially start my freelance graphic design, but with any freelance or business venture- you get out of it what you put in. Meaning: I need to treat this like gainful employment. I need to get my butt in gear, spend 6-8 hours a day working on samples, advertising, and networking. Because if I don't treat this like a real job I am not going to make any money.

I've been treating this more or less like a hobby and if I make money from it then AWESOME! But I do need to make some real money here. I'm a stay at home mom and that is a job in itself! I'm proud of what I'm doing at home and I love taking care of my family. But being in a one income household (and that one income being less than stellar), times get tough and it would be nice to have a cushion and not live paycheck to paycheck.

That and being in school takes a big chunk of time from my hands. I craft here and there throughout the day but I need to carve out some real time during the day to work on this little Etsy shop of mine (and my mom's).

On the bright side! I did finish another bunny! Check it out:
www.ourhometoyours.etsy.com
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