I'm getting ready to take things to the next level with my blog and chronic crafting. I'm looking into starting a (very) small business, and here's how I decided to embark on this endeavor. First I was born...
Okay I'm not really gonna start back that far, but it's all been a sort of chain of events. Last year I came across the local group Alamo City Handmade (formally know as Alamo City Etsy Street Team) and attended their Haute Pink Bazaar. ACH is a goup of local crafters, artists, and artisans who sell their goods on Etsy. I was thrilled to find myself surrounded by so many creative people and knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. I wasn't able to at the time (plus I was still honing my own making skills), but I followed their happenings online.
Next, I came across Sew Deluxe at the Smart Fair last fall. Once again, I was thrilled to find another community of crafters in the Alamo City. Sew Deluxe is San Antonio's only alternative sewing lounge, offering classes, workshops, and lounge hours for your own sewing pleasure--and they're five minutes away from where I live! They're also the home for ACH's monthly meetings. So of course I sat on my butt a little longer before getting over there.
I finally crashed one of their meetings last month and was greeted by a wonderful group of crafty ladies. During the meeting, I was asked if I'd be interested in doing a craft fair at the Scenic Loop Cafe in April. I was a little hesitant because I haven't done my first show yet, but everyone was very encouraging so I decided to give it a shot. I submitted my application with photos of my work and was added to the vendor list. Besides needing to sew my bum off between now and next month, I needed to sign up for a sales and tax permit, which is one of the steps to becoming a small business.
Looking over all the state requirements online I realized becoming a small business is something I should and could do if I wanted to get serious about selling my handmade goods. So I've been sifting through the enormous pool of info on becoming a small business and have a checklist of things to do like registering my business locally, opening a business account, and printing business cards, to name a few.
To help learn more about the crafting business more specifically I took a trip to the bookstore for some research and found The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line. This is a wonderful book chock-full of insider tips and advice on selling your handmade goodies and running a small crafting business. I'm so glad I came across this book, which also led me to find...
The wonderful world of CraftyPod! CraftyPod is a free and awesome resource of podcasts and blog posts all about the crafting world (including small business info!). I now listen to it while I'm busy as a bee sewing into all hours of the night.
So all of these findings have encouraged me and led me to the conclusion that I've just gotta get going on making my crafting a bigger part of life around here--I love making things--the smile a handmade gift brings to people's faces, and the innate resourcefulness of creating--it just makes life richer for me and I want to share that more with all of you!
In the big scheme of things, becoming a small business isn't the hugest step in the world, but there's definitely a lot of work to be done right now--wish me luck as I embark on this journey and I'll definitely keep you posted!