Everywhere you look on the internet, someone is telling you that you have to give things away in order to attract potential buyers. It’s good business. As a good businesswoman, I made sure that I was offering free crochet patterns
Knot By Gran’ma entered the Etsy Small Business Contest the other day. I don’t normally enter these kinds of things, but I thought maybe trying things that make me uncomfortable would be good for me. Also, maybe I will win. THAT would be awesome. You can vote here.
Sometimes I just want to sell Knot By Gran’ma, and walk away from it all. Hubs is working 1 day a week, and I just paid myself $1.50 for last week. Surely I could make a better living opening a taco bar… or a brothel; or a taco, brothel bar. It could be called Taco, Taco, Tacos or something. For real. This comes up every year around this time. Everything slows down, and the case of the Pitty Potties comes to visit. I start thinking about selling the thing that makes me happy, because it’s hard and stupid bills… and it’s hard. (I haven’t quit yet, and I really don’t think it would help if I did.) So…
Weekends are a really important for resting. Working through the weekends wasn’t resting. Never taking a day “off” until I absolutely had to… wasn’t resting. Always feeling behind because there was no resting… isn’t resting. I have kids that need me to taxi them everywhere. We have Mondays off of extra curricular activities. Trying to work through all of that without a break makes for stress and incomplete work. Taking a break is a good thing.
What’s the worst case scenario? I’m mean, really. How bad could it be if creativity isn’t focused? Let’s start with the story about how I wasted the better part of last year, jumping around to different creative ideas. Then let’s talk about how I tried to do too many things at once, resulting in me not reaching any of my crocheting goals. That’s a great story.
I failed miserably at Snapchat, but I LOVE Instagram stories. Does that make me a bad person? Snapchat makes me feel old. It’s the first social media platform that I can’t easily master. Thus, the old feeling. It took me a week to figure out how to use it. All I do there is play with the selfie filters when nobody is looking, and then erase my pictures. Instagram is a little different. I know how to use it, which is cool. The new stories feature really opens up a little window into my world, without wrecking all of the hard work I’ve been putting into my feed to make it a more cohesive Knot By Gran’ma Instagram account.
Running a creative business is awesome. It’s also terrible. What? Yes. It’s terrible. Let me explain. It turns out the non creative parts of running a creative business, such as blogging on a schedule, marketing, photographs, listings, edits, advertising, social media, etc, etc, etc… is a giant time suck from the creative part of running your creative business. Pressure mounts, because everything has to be done. It’s difficult to watch your artistic time cut, regardless of why it’s being cut. That’s the terrible part.
Craft show season is coming up again, and I wanted to touch base regarding signs (counting price tags signs) for your booths. Previously we had chatted about my utter lack of signage and why it’s important that I fix that part of my craft show selling experience. While I’m still not one thousand percent happy with my signs, I do like the style of them. The future KBG signs will probably follow along the same idea as these “temporary” signs.