For years people (family and friends mostly) have told me I need to sell my jewelry creations online. I always had an excuse why I wasn't doing it.
1. I spend enough time making jewelry for family and friends that I couldn't possibly keep up with an online store.
Well, life threw a little kink in that...I won't go into details here but I found myself facing a lot more free time and having less help to find homes for my jewelry. I came to realize that I do have the time for it if I make the time. It has to be high on my list of priorities. Also, I can't rely on other people to do what I should be doing for myself. I have to be my own best salesman. And, as my own best salesman I have to promote myself in ways I am comfortable with. Since I enjoy making jewelry and spending time online, I am keeping both of us happy!
2. I don't want to sell online without a business license.
This one is just common sense. Of course I shouldn't be operating any kind of business without going through the proper legal channels first. I was just unwilling to spend the time researching what I needed to do to make everything legit. Once I started the process though, I started to become excited about my new little business. Once I had my business licenses and sales tax ID number I knew I had come a long way and I was going to follow through and try to make a success of it.
3. I had a case of "lack of motivation and overall laziness".
When you are a beaded jewelry maker, you develop a bit of an addiction to beads. In order to buy more beads to feed your addiction you need money...if I can sell a bit of jewelry here or there then before you know it...I have more money for more beads. So there is a motivating factor. As far as the laziness goes, well I think we all have moments of laziness in our lives. I just needed to get over it and move on and try to make something of myself.
Life has a way of sending challenges our way. Brick walls, obstacle courses, ties that bind us...it's up to us to take up the challenge and find a way to make it through, over or around. To find a way to cut ourselves free from the excuses that are holding us back.
Points for me to remember as I continue on this journey:
1. Stay motivated!!
2. Don't lose focus.
3. Keep promoting myself.
Sure, I haven't sold much yet or come even close to breaking even. But, I am just starting off. Now, the potential exists because of the steps I have taken and the work that has been done. The online world is a vast sea of artistic expression and I am just another fish in that sea. It is up to me to keep trying to get my name out there, let others see my work and judge it for themselves. I think if I can remain positive and keep working hard I may even get to where I want to be someday. In the meantime, thank you to all of you that have encouraged me along the way. I do appreciate it and I was listening, really I was. And now I realize I am enjoying every minute of doing what I love!