When I started my business Arachnia Knitting I thought, “Hey this will be cool and easy, I mean everyone sells stuff online, right?” Oh boy howdy, was I wrong. Getting this business started was and is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Remember, I am a Bachelor’s of English. I never took any kind of accounting or business management course. I am doing everything for Arachnia by hand, and trying to gauge prices and shipping from what I know from shipping Christmas packages. It is not easy.
And then there is this blog. I love writing, but I started this blog the same time I started Arachnia, last October, and I was supposed to be posting every day Monday-Friday. How many posts do I have? Forty-one. Not including the post I am currently writing. If I love writing so much, why so few posts? The answer is simple. I am great about writing on a deadline, but I am very bad at coming up with ideas on a deadline. As I said yesterday, I try to draft any strange or interesting ideas/stories so that I remember to write about them later, but some of them are projects I have not completed, or things that I am not ready to talk about yet. This makes my job even harder, if you can believe that.
So why am I telling you, the scant people who read my blog, this? Because I am an honest person, and I am hoping that this will help someone else who is trying to write a blog know that they are not alone in their struggles. After a year of being open I have one on-again-off-again student, and I have, as yet, not sold anything n my Etsy store. I have read volumes on what to price hand-made goods at and how to sell them, but I have not yet sold anything, even after i slashed all those carefully calculated prices in half. It has gotten to the point that I am starting a work-at-home call center job on Monday so that we can make the bills that have stacked up.
I know a work-at-home call center job sounds cushy, but the pay is minimum wage, and to be honest, the reason I chose this kind of work, other than I am kind of good at it, is so I can still work on Arachnia. Building this business is a passion of mine. I enjoy it so much, and I love writing this blog. I don’t want either to stop for any reason, so I am taking a job where I can still work, even while I am working.
I know this post has been a little depressing, but I like to open with the people who read my blog, or read my stats on Facebook. I would love to hear your comments, and I would love it even more if you would just wander around my Etsy store and maybe share this blog and my Facebook around. I am an Indie business, and right now we don’t have the money to advertise, plus word of mouth is always better!
Anyway, enough of being depressing I have a Baby Blanket to knit!