Within the last few weeks I made the decision to start up an etsy store. I’m really enjoying making things and every day I come up with a fun design I want to try of a blanket, nursing pillow slipcover, burp cloth, swaddler-all sorts of things!
It’s really taken over my whole brain. I’m constantly thinking and designing and it is so. fulfilling. I love my child, and she 100% fulfills that mothering urge I’ve had for so long, but I haven’t felt creatively fulfilled in a long time. And it’s wonderful to feel that way again.
But it’s also overwhelming. Because I’m sinking money into something that might fail. I have never bet on myself in this way. I’m hesitant to even tell people that I’m doing this because OMG what if I fail?
Let’s face it, there are a lot, A LOT of etsy stores that sell baby products. Many of them with a very professional set up that i cannot provide at this time. I cannot offer clients a choice of 30 fabrics to pick from because I can’t buy that much at one time. I just can’t. I would be happy to do a custom job, but I can’t guarantee a super fast turn around time because I have two other jobs and a baby.
I have done a lot of research on marketing, products, pricing, even photography (which is my biggest stumbling block). I’ve actually “set up” my store. I’ve picked a name and gotten a banner and everything. There’s just nothing in it because of the photography aspect. I’m going to try and get my stuff in some local boutiques as well.
Basically I’m asking for advice-I know a few of my readers have stores of their own. What would you tell me is the “must-do” to get up and going successfully?
As always, your support is so meaningful to me I can’t even express. Some of you have shown interest in my products and even if you’re just doing it to be nice, your kindness means so, so much to me.