I’ve come to realise that trying to start a business that is based on making things and being creative requires more than the skills needed to simply make things.
How to regularly post on Social Media, the skill and knowledge about knowing what wording to use and when. How about being able to promote both yourself and your business? Let’s not even get started on a website!
We all have our dreams about leaving our daily grind of work one day, and doing the things we always wanted to. Mine was to leave teaching and set up an art / craft business of some sort, where I could happily work on my projects and get paid for them. Ha! I didn’t factor in all the things I mentioned earlier.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE what I’m doing and learning! I get such a kick out of making something and then finding that someone else values it enough to pay me for it. I even get a kick out of being able to upload a video onto my web site after 10 unsuccessful attempts until I realize I have to make the video set as “public” on U tube before I can do it!
It’s a learning journey- one scattered with frustration, worry and absolute joy. I’m learning from my mistakes and learning that simply making mistakes in the first place can be a whole new learning experience in itself. I’ve even learned more about me in the process. I will always be a teacher and learner at heart and also a bit of a perfectionist.
I had to walk away from teaching to realise that I still have a passion for it. So now I’m working on combining my love of teaching with my love of art and creativity.
I wonder where this journey will take me next??