Great ideas at the last minute don’t always pay off immediately. This is something I have learned over the course of my year long small business adventure. On November 20th 2005 I officially decided to look into creating an “online business” for the crafts I have enjoyed producing. I got a overwhelming response from family and friends when I would present my crafted items. People began inquiring about how they could get some of the same items made for them to give out. The it hit me… Sell your crafts online!!
I had my doubts and I honestly had no knowledge about how to do it properly but I dove right in and now, one year later I am doing very well! Last year at about this time I was coming up with ideas about things to sell, I was making things up and trying to get myself out there. I didn’t turn a substantial profit until about two weeks ago at a craft show. With the help of Crickets business classes and the QFLEA I have learned so much and I am actually getting somewhere with my business!
I know there are many other entrepreneurs out there who are wanting to get an online business going and my only words of advice are: Go for it, but understand that it takes time and persistence. Your presence on the net will take a while to get established and learning the ropes also takes some time. You will only get as much as you are willing to give and it will not be easy!
I am glad I got myself in to this, it has been a rewarding and very enriching experience! I look forward to more growth and learning and I hope one day I’ll be able to open up a physical shop in addition to my website. I also want to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to my success!