Confessions of a Crafter – Business Talk
Obviously you guys know that this blog and everything that goes into 1001knits is my business. Or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you thought this was a hobby. It is, but why not build something I can eventually (hopefully) live off of. 1001knits has grown so much just in the past six months that this dream seems not so far away from me now. I learned some things along the way and keep learning daily, but here’s some of my biggest lessons for anyone else interested in a creative business
Social Media is Key
You know that say, cash is king? I think that Social media is king for any creative business. With more and more people on twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it is important for a business to get out there too. It’s like networking from home in your pajamas – can’t get easier than that! If you are just starting out I suggest picking one, your favorite and sticking to that. The rest will grow.
Make sure you are using it correctly, interact with others and don’t think that if you post a bomb photo you will get 1000 likes in a minute. It takes work to build yourself up to that and patience.
speaking of patience, this is so important. Anything worth having takes hard work and patience, so I make sure that I never forget that. I am building the foundation to something big and worthwhile. Slow and steady wins the race.
Don’t be Shy
Here’s a confession. I am painfully shy. Like, the thought of talking to a sales associate used to be terrifying to me, but then I was a sales associate and my paycheck depended on not being shy. Time to time I still get shy and I don’t like talking to new people. But you know when I’m not shy? when it comes to talking about crafts, 1001knits or business. Any time I see an opportunity I take it. I can’t afford to miss an opportunity and crush it.