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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

crafting a business...



I have been reading, researching and googling like crazy these past few days. As I am trying to get my Etsy shop set up...there are tons of things to do!! I am reading the book Craft Inc which has tons of great info on everything you need to know if you are planning on starting your own creative business. There are so many things to think about...what should I name my shop? , how should I design my banner, how to best take pictures of my art...it is so exciting yet overwhelming all at once! I am hopeful and fearful and thrilled because I have wanted to do this for such a long time! Here are some amazing resources that I have come across (for those of you thinking of taking the plunge into your own creative business!)...I came across this super lady Alease Michelle who shares all sorts of wonderful tips and advice on creative business building. There are so many resources here...it's a treasure trove! Also-I love Design* Sponge!  Their Biz Ladies section is simply amazing! You can find anything and everything biz related here...in words I can understand! And of course Kelly Rae's Flying Lessons has been super helpful...both practical and inspirational and I am constantly going back and reading through the class material.  I am also researching printers and scanners too. I want a super high quality printer that is also reasonably easy to use!!! Lots of reading reviews and comparing etc. Also, Tara has stopped taking her nap in the mornings so that has eliminated a chunk of time I used to use for my blog postings! So thanks to everyone for leaving these kind messages in my comments-I will stop by your blogs soon.

7 comments:

scrapwordsmom said...

My very best to you my dear, sweet friend!! I am behind you and cheering for you!!:)

danikeith said...

i found craft, inc really helpful as well. so any excellent resources it can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes, but it is soooo worth it! best of luck to you!

Carola Bartz said...

Thanks for sharing all these resources. I wish you all the luck for your creative biz! You go girl!

eva diva said...

Soraya, you are so very dedicated and you're really moving forward in crafting your own business. I am inspired by your action-taking and your spirit!I am one of your cheerleaders too!

Alicia is sweet, the internet does wonders in bringing kindred spirits together, sort of like a miniature universe!

I am thinking of setting up etsy, I think I need to do more research in that area. My concern now is in packaging and learning about how to do transactions online. I'm going to get myself the books you're reading, they sound very helpful!

Thank you for all those mind-blowing encouraging comments. I think it is pushing me towards bigger things!

ArtPropelled said...

So many interesting links, thanks Soraya. Adding to everyone's comments ..... best of luck with setting up your Etsy shop. If your website is anything to go by Etsy should be a breeze.

patty said...

Hi Soyaya, what an exciting next step for you! And I love that you are preparing yourself - wanting to do things right to ensure success. You are amazing! I'm interested to see how things go. I have shied away from Etsy, thinking it would take too much time and that there are already too many photographers out there. I will be cheering you on from the sidelines as well!!!

MotorCityMystic said...

Gee, you have some interesting stuff here. The links you've shared are full of ideas. I also have that book along with Craft, Inc. Business Planner. Thanks for sharing. The best of luck to you!