Post # 1
Hi Bees…I have been struggling with what to do with my life. I am in a very boring, dead end job and miss my creative endeavors.
During University I had a Jewelry and Wedding Jewelry (Tiara, combs, pins) business that did well enough to send me on a trip to Europe and help with spending money. My problem is that I am very shy and didn’t know how to expand it.
Now that I am a Bride To Be I have started dabbling in projects and discovered a love for Wedding Accessories (the jewelry portion was my fav part of the jewelry business) but now I am into veils and fascinators.
I would love to make this a career and sell on Etsy etc.I just don’t know how to go about this…where to start etc. I am extremely shy (social anxiety disorder, on meds for it) and have trouble approaching shops etc and that is why I thought about Etsy.
Any thoughts, advice etc? Thank you in advance.
Post # 3
I say go for it! Even if it’s just part time at first to get started. Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars 🙂
Post # 4
If it is what makes you happy then try it as a part-time venture. Then if you do find that you enjoy it as a job. Then do what you can and ask out-going friends to help you expand the image of your shoppe. Your friends or family can help pass out your business card plus do ads on wedding sites. Best of luck.
Post # 5
First do Etsy. Then see where the business takes you. Can your Fiance do any of the sales work for you? Or maybe hire a friend who is really good at that stuff.
Do what you love, the money will follow!
Post # 6
I say give it a shot! But definately keep your job until you’re really sure the crafty business is going to take off. I had a friend who did this with auto parts (very different, I know). He started small with odd jobs on his time off and eventually worked up to being able to quit his job and work for himself full time. This took him several years and he made sure to have 2 years salary in the bank before quitting his job. So start small with Etsy or craft fairs or bridal shows. Maybe contact wedding vendors in your area to promote your services? Like maybe a dress shop would keep your cards on the counter as the custom jewelry could compliment their dresses. Wedding people all know and work with each other so getting yourself some word of mouth in the business will be a huge help.
Post # 7
Go with Etsy at first! You can make your own business cards with the web address of your shop. See if your hair or nail salon, or any other wedding related shop that knows you or that you usually give your business to, will put your cards in their shop. There are small boutiques, dress shops, etc that will put your business cards in their shops, for cross promotion, which you can offer once your web shop is up and running.
Maybe see if a friend will help you with the marketing aspect of the business (offer them a % of the sales or something).