HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Today I am going off topic from parties and weddings and sharing some helpful web resources if you are running your own business from home, like myself.
Scroll down below for the links to some great resources to help you get started if you are thinking of working from home or if you already are a small business but want more helpful resources.
Before we get to the small business help, I want to share some tips and advice from my own experience.
Also, I am wondering if any other small home based handmade to sell businesses are tired of the label “crafting” or “crafter”?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think of this as a derogatory description, it is just limiting. I think of myself as an artisan or maker and a business entrepreneur, who just happens to work at home.
In jest, this probably sums up everyone else’s view of what we, makers, do –
Yes, of course ‘crafting’ is what I do, everyday, in fact. It is essentially what I sell. Handmade party and wedding designs. However, I consider what I actually do- so much more than just “crafting”. Keep in mind that running a business from home means that there are no paid sick days, no paid vacations or personal time off, and usually no full weekend breaks!
Running your own business means that you only get paid. . . when you work. I like getting paid, so I work all the time! My day generally starts at 7:00 am at my desktop and ends later in the evening, often as late as 8:00pm in order to keep up on my custom orders and making wonderful party and wedding designs by hand.
While it allows me to stay home and run my own business and not have to join the rat race of society. . . I sometimes do miss working in an office. But only for about a minute and then I rejoice in the advantages of a home based business!
Yes, I LOVE IT! And yes, working from home offers many perks that other employees don’t get to take advantage of on a daily basis: no commute to work, working in my PJ’s (yep, I am guilty of this!) but on the flipside, I am often truly never off from my business and work. I answer emails from my phone late in the evening and on the go on the weekends and often work very late in my studio on rush orders.
So forgive me, if I think of the terms, “crafter” and “crafting” as more of a hobby – someone who crafts, on the side of a full-time job or in retirement – for fun. A crafter who enjoys the hobby and loves to make handmade stuff to give a greeting card or knitted scarf to friends and relatives at Christmas. That to me is crafting – not at all what I do full-time. “Crafting” is not a bad description; it’s just that I do so much more than that to keep my business going, to keep sales coming in, to drive traffic to my Etsy shops.
And Etsy is not my sole source of business. Oh no!
No way could I pay the car payment and bills with only my Etsy sales. My direct orders from my regular event planners are what keep me in business. Thank you. . . to all my wonderful event and wedding planners who order from me on a regular and repeat basis!
So, if you are thinking of giving it a go as a full-time gig, at home, hand making something – you should first know that you really should be darn good at it, whatever it is you make. You have to compete now with hundreds of thousands of other makers and artisans online now, especially if you start out on Etsy. And launching your own website will require much research, social media marketing, and hard work. So let’s get you to jump off the launch pad . . . or your mouse pad and start by visiting these websites below for more helpful small business resources.
First, I recommend taking the time to read this very honest article (click to read it)-
Next, check out this website for a whole list of resources (click to access resources)-
Thanks for stopping by and as always, if you are not a maker yourself – visit any of my Etsy shops below for some wonderful party and wedding designs- made by me!