I know that there are a lot of nay-sayers out there and people who assure me that making a living off crafting can never happen, but I’m still determined to make a real go of it. I adore creating things, and that’s what I want to do with my life. I still believe, no matter what anyone else says, that if you have enough patience, passion and perseverance, you can make a living doing what you love.
I recently spent a day doing a whole lot of crying because it looked like I was failing. I had posted 51 items to eBay in an attempt to see if a different venue would help my sales. The listings ended after a month with no sales. It was so hard for me to look at all those ended auction emails. I thought that I must surely be doomed to failure. For several hours I felt heartbroken and physically ill from the stress of it.
I’m not giving up though. I’ve been successful in the past, and I know that I can do it again. Eric and I both went looking around the internet to see if we could find anything that would help. We both did. Eric found a local boutique, which I contacted, and it seems that they may be interested in my work. I found a wonderful blog with loads of tips on how to really make your home crafting business work. Best of all, almost all their tips are things that I can do at no cost. Being able to improve my chances and make a better name for myself for free is a great thing.
I actually have a plan now for how to change some of the things that I’m doing. I feel like these tips will really help my business grow. I’m not going to give up. I looked for support from other artisans online and was only met with skepticism or was told that the way they do business is the only way to have success. I’m not going to let that get to me. This is what I want to do. This is my dream. I can do this.
The low points may be really low, but I know that there can be wonderful highs. I remember my days of selling my handcrafted items so often that I was taking bags full of packages to the post office every week. I believe that I can have that again. Just because some people haven’t made it doesn’t mean that I can’t. Just because I’m not doing what other people are doing doesn’t mean I can’t have success. I have to keep my faith and keep fighting to achieve my dream.
I’m even trying to help other people be more successful too. I’m going to help as many people as I can while on this journey. I’ll even be happy if they find more success than I do. We all deserve to have our dreams fulfilled. It makes me feel good to help others, and it can’t hurt to put that energy out there, because it could very well come back to me. I do have a couple of people who are rooting for me, I don’t want to let them or myself down by throwing in the towel.