I can think back to moments throughout childhood and even college where it now all makes sense…I was an artist, waiting in the wings. I just didn't know it yet. From trying to rearrange my college dorm room or decorate my childhood room……to the sketches I did in art class as a child, I guess I just always knew something was there.
My very first class to sign up for was Christy Tomlinson's She Art class, all about learning to paint girls. She had you sketch some ideas first and I sat in the craft room for hours one evening, with a basic set of cheap colored pencils. I sketched and sketched and kept having the resounding thought "I didn't know I could do that!" The "girls" weren't perfect, but they were mine. Straight from my own brain and soul and imagination and right onto the paper. Once I then began to put paint on paper and canvas, I was definitely in love.
There were several steps that had to happen logistically, in order for me to be able to open. Something I don't think others are always aware of is how much work it truly takes, even just to have a small shop! I first read Kelly Rae Robert's Flying Lessons Business Course after I purchased it for half off, which she only does once a year. She shared so many valuable tips I don't think I could have opened the shop without her course. It was like having a friend around to answer my questions.
Once I had everything in place (printer, art prints in shop, business cards ordered, etc) I opened up!
And here's where the biggest question of all time comes in that I get from others and that I am puzzled by myself. "Is it hard to run an Etsy shop?" Yes, and no.
I have also learned to respond (and do it well) when other blogs ask me to guest post for them. I've done this a handful of times and had a great response to my shop!
So all that to say my business is registered and I am a sole proprietor. I also have a Tax ID, save receipts and all paperwork for my business, and have my own bank account. In my opinion, no one else will take you seriously until you do. So even if my business is quite small right now, it's not something I plan on leaving or quitting. I take myself seriously, even if others don't. And I think you should too!
The painting and learning and community. I mean, I just love to paint and draw. Like I could probably do it 8 hours a day. When days are filled with more of the business side of things my fingers just ache to paint. When I finally do get my hands on a paintbrush something inside of me just breaks free….I can feel my soul let out the biggest breath.
Alisa Burke asking me to do a studio tour on her blog), a YES to my request at being in Vintage Market Days…or sign-ups trickling in for my photography retreat.