Published: May 1, 2019
Hey there! It’s been a while since I posted a blog. I’ve been a little preoccupied. I just recently quit my job to be home with my son full time. While leaving my job doesn’t help to bring in an income, I’ve decided to follow my passion and am trying to start my own business from home creating personalized gifts. If anyone is trying to do the same thing, I’ve got a few tips for you. Even if it’s not the same kind of business, you have to get your work out there somehow. This is where I’ve started and why I’ve chosen to do this.
Since I was young, I’ve always had a creative spark. I used to write poetry and began my hand in painting when I was around 16. I realized I was pretty good at it but I’m attached to my paintings because I made them for me. I went to school for hair which is also an art and was really good at that too but by the time I graduated it wasn’t something I was passionate about. When I was 19, I started working at a company called Things Remembered which was an engraving store. I created beautiful gifts for all occasions. I worked my way up through the company starting as a part time sales associate which eventually led to a full time position and then I became an assistant manager and from there a few years later I became the store manager. The job was tiring with all I had to do but I was good at it and besides all the extra work I did, I loved engraving things. It was my passion and it’s what kept me going for the 8 years I was with the company.
When I became pregnant with my son, we were just approaching the holiday season. I was sick every single day but I worked many hours over time to make sure people got what they were looking for. Once the holiday was over, I knew I needed a change. I left the company mid January and started to prepare for my son. Once my son was born, I knew in my heart that nobody could care for him the way I could. When he was 3 months old, I had to go back to work so we could survive financially. I started my job in the medical cannabis industry and while it was something I truly enjoyed, I didn’t feel complete because of the time I was missing out on with my son. I started off full time and dropped back to part time a few months in. I wanted more time with my child. I began to think of how I could make money working from home while I took care of him. This also involves my fiancée finding a better opportunity so we could stay afloat while I get to live my dream life. Luckily, he found something and it was totally unexpected. We ran with the idea and I talked about how I could bring in some extra income too because I have always been a work horse and I hate the idea of him solely taking on all the financial responsibility. I began to bring my ideas to life. We started talking about names for my creative business and since my nickname is Candy, we decided on ICandy Designs. Not 100% sure if I’m sticking with it because someone mentioned to me about the idea that the name could be trademarked so I will need to further investigate that but at least I have something for now to start with.
I began thinking of all the different things I could create. I knew I would have to spend money on supplies but most importantly, I didn’t want to create something I couldn’t use myself. I started to reach out to some friends to ask about colors and themes to gather my ideas and my supplies for my demos. Each piece I have created so far has been gifted to the person they were made for in exchange for a post on social media to help get my work out there for others to see. You have to spend money to make money when starting from the ground up. Once I had a handful of pieces, I began posting them online and started making my business page on Facebook. I am still in the beginning of this entire process so I haven’t got very far but I am really trying to spread the word so people know it exist.
Building a business is not easy, especially when you are a one woman army with a thousand ideas, limited spending and no following to start the business. My son is my motivation to do this. I want to be home with him so I will do whatever it takes to succeed. One of the errors I noticed in myself so far in trying to get this business is going is that I am not shopping like a business buyer. I should be purchasing items that come in bulk vs spending $10 on one piece of wood. I will save a lot more money in the long run. It’s all about the research. It’s also about the quality and not just if the price is right. It needs to be worthy of decorating. Will I waste my time purchasing a 6 pack of some cheap wood that is less than a quarter of an inch thick? Absolutely not! I need something that’s built to last. Everything I make is designed to meet the needs of what people are looking for. I know that I can make beautiful pieces of art but it won’t be an everlasting piece if the main part of the item is the cheapest. I have to be smart about this. I need to be cost effective especially since I haven’t earned any actual income from this yet.
As of now, I’m viewing this as a project to see just how far I can get. I will evaluate myself on a monthly basis to calculate how much money I am putting into this. In the next 60 days, I will promote myself by offering a discount on their first purchase. By this point, I believe I should have enough supplies to start placing actual orders. I can figure out what my price point for each item should be and go from there. In the meantime, I will continue to create more demos and keep sharing my work on social media. I still need to create a business email and an Instagram page. I knew this wouldn’t be easy but I know it will be worth it in the end. Everything I’m doing right now is for everything I love. I’m tired of working for other people. I’m done making everyone else rich while I do all the work and still struggle. I’m going to make myself rich and be my own boss. I’ll appreciate myself better than anyone else. I’m irreplaceable and everyone will know my worth when I get to where I need to be. Motivate and encourage yourself, know your worth and do what makes you happy! We are all on limited time in this world so make every moment count. Do it for you!
Please support my small start up business and share the Facebook page! I’d love to create something special just for you!