Normally, it would make more sense to have the experience, perfect it and then blog about it but I think that the struggle is an important part of any process and subsequent accomplishment so here we go.
As I mentioned before, I am starting a small business and with time, I decided that there are 3 components that I would like to maintain: creating, selling and blogging; and as much as possible, I want them to go hand in hand which will hopefully give the buyers a little bit of context while providing the readers with ideas to create and buy.
Well, my business is all about handmade jewellery pieces so yeah, pretty important step! As I get more comfortable around my pliers, findings and beads, I enjoy it more and more. I am getting more familiar with materials, brands, shops and techniques and it’s great in many ways; the self learning process, that so desired break from the being-at-the-office-the-whole-day routine, the therapeutic effect, not to mention I don’t really buy as much jewellery for myself as before!
Ever since I was little, I’ve always enjoyed writing and as such, the blog seemed a great idea to share my experiences. For me, it is also one of the best ways to go back to my light and positive self at times of frustration. I usually see blogs around of very cool and successful people that are through the starting part of a business so I often think (silly me!) that I should already be selling all day every day… No! Kick starting is difficult and I’m sure everyone goes through a similar experience, in their own way… So why not share the not-so-good side of it as well? And it’s one way to gain visibility!
I started selling to friends and at some point Etsy was mentioned by a friend as a selling platform. After checking it out, I fell in love (hard not to!) so I decided to give it a go. There is a world of things about starting up a business to learn and not only Etsy provides you with the “webspace” to do it, it also offers continuous support, with all the blogs, instructions, chats and materials.
Also an important part of the whole process involving my business is research. I find it important to make some time to do a bit of study, whether it is for blogging, creating new pieces, learning new techniques or for the business as a whole.
Now with a clear(ish) idea of what I want for BeeBiju, I can ensure I set weekly/monthly goals that I can achieve but are, at the same time, challenging. After all, setting up a business is not meant to be easy! 😉