This year has been overflowing with exciting learning experiences. About a year ago, I opened up my Etsy Shop selling custom paintings. A few months later, I graduated from Art School and went full time as an Etsy seller. It has been a whirlwind ever since, but it hasn’t all been fun. Many days I have found myself discouraged and uninspired. Early on I wrote down a quote while reading Jon Acuff’s book START. It says. ”Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.”
That quote has shed a lot of light on my discouraging days. You see, when I compare my brand new business with one that started years ago, I lose heart. And I think things like “why should I even try?”. Or I start dwelling on how badly I want to jump ahead in my story as a small business. But no-one gets to skip their beginning and it’s foolish to imagine giving up just because someone else is doing well and in the moment I think I’ll never get there. Growing as an artist and entrepreneur is a process that shouldn’t ever stop. And even though I have days where I get lost in comparing my business with others who are way more experienced, I am slowly but surely learning to enjoy this beginning phase of being a small business owner.
Hopefully one day, I will have a wealth of wisdom to share with others. But for now, I want to make sure I share what I’m learning in hopes it can encourage others. Every week I search all around for helpful articles, books and videos on things like Etsy-Selling, craft-fairs, how to wholesale, on re-branding and re-naming my business and about photography. As well as just general inspiration from artists who are rockin’ it with their business already.
So for any one dreaming of, or currently running a creative business, here is a long list of links to all the best stuff I’ve found lately…
Helpful articles & online classes »
Inspirational Interview With Chalk Artist Dana Tanamachi
Interview with Designer Tad Carpenter
How To Name Your Business
What’s In A Name?
DSLR Photography Basics with The Pioneer Woman(she is hilarious)
Tips On Taking Photos Indoors with Maxwell on Design*Sponge
Awesome Skillshare Class on Brand Identity(it’s just 20 bucks!)
Mood Boards by Breanne Rose(explained in class above)
Advice For The Newbie Wholesaler
Tips for Selling at a Craft Fair
More Tips for Selling at Craft Fairs
Shipping Advice for Etsy Sellers
Getting Found on Etsy
Q&A with the Amazing Julia Rothman
How To Strike A Successful Licensing Deal
The link below is for a series of classes I took a while back. It was the most helpful thing I could have done when I very first started out on Etsy (ahem.. 1 item in my shop, no clue what I was doing) It’s a series located in Denton, Texas and it’s on-going.
Series of classes on Etsy Selling (hosted at The DIME Store in Denton)
And here are a couple fun online video classes I’m currently taking:
Intro to Letterform
Intro to Calligraphy
If you have anything to share, I’d love to hear. You can comment here.
One thing I’m on the lookout for right now is a really awesome and inspiring workshop. If anyone knows of a good workshop or seminar for Creative Startups, please, please share!
Ps- you can buy a print of that quote here