Nordic Inspired Messenger Bag Musing on Handmade Business
May 3, 2012 5 Comments
I made this messenger bag out of this cool Nordic style fabric I bought at the thrift shop.
This was a gift for my nine year old’s teacher.
She is from Poland and this fabric reminded me of her for some reason.
I have been wasting way too much time this week obsessing about my blog! Should I change the name? Should I switch to WordPress? Should I start an online shop? After going to the Snap conference and seeing many succesful bloggers and businesswomen,I started to feel confused about what direction to go in. Many of these entreprenurs are moms too but manage to run succesful online buinesses and are making lots money advertising on their blogs. How on earth do they manage it all? One thing I learned is that it is a lot of work to get yourself noticed in the handmade business world. Twitter, google plus, facebook, blogs,giveaways, features. It seems like you have to be on the computer 24/7 just to get your shop noticed! Not to mention actually making the things you need to sell! My head has been spinning with ideas since then. So I have decided to start very small. An Etsy shop selling a few handmade gifts is about all I think I can manage.I did try an Etsy shop last year selling my upcycled sweaters but it fizzled out. I didn’t put the work needed into it and my photos weren’t very good. Photography is key for online shops, isn’t it? I would love to start making sewing patterns but have to learn how to make a PDF pattern first.I would love to hear how some of you with home based crafty or design businesses have started out. Do you sell on Etsy or at craft fairs or some other channel perhaps? I would love to hear from you!