2016 will be the year I take my first step into entrepreneurship. It’s a big goal that has spent a lot of time in the back of my head, way too scary to voice.
I’ve been thinking about starting an Etsy shop for a while now, pretty much ever since I started making these gigantic infinity scarves. Once I graduated from college and found I had a bit more time on my hands, the urge to launch a handmade business got stronger. But here’s the thing — I don’t function well without tangible goals. While the idea of starting my own Etsy shop was nice, it was never going to happen unless I got serious and set some deadlines for myself.
Now, I could have written some things down in my planner and done my best to roll out a perfectly curated product line in a few months, but I decided I needed more accountability than that.
Enter Craft the Launch.
Over the course of this year, I will be planning, building and launching a shop of hand-sewn and knitted accessories for both the home and wardrobe. The catch is that I’ll be sharing everything leading up to the launch here on the blog — all the tiny victories and hiccups along the way.
The goal for this year is to experiment — learn the ropes of a handmade business, discover the ins and outs of selling both in the online and local handmade marketplace, and build an online brand. Right now, I have the bare bones of an Etsy shop just waiting to be filled. At the end of the year, I hope to have developed a cohesive line of products that I (and hopefully you!) adore.
I have to admit, I’m feeling a little vulnerable putting something out in the world that is at the moment only an idea, an intention, a plan. Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you that isn’t how I do things. In fact, I tend to wait until I’ve already been offered a job or accepted into a program before I even tell anyone I’ve applied. And yet, I know I need to change things up, step outside of my comfort zone and get nimble in order to make big things happen this year. I couldn’t be more excited to see what comes of 2016.
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I can’t wait to show you what I have in store.