Crafts: The One Year Plan

27 Jun

When I started doing crafts I got this brilliant idea from a friend about selling things on etsy, starting my own business, having my own website, and making enough of an income on the side to stay at home with E and not have to worry about doing anything else. Then after thinking about my one year plan and being so proud of how I laid it all out and estimated how long it would take me to make a good stock of each item and the budgeting plan I thought to myself. What if I had a five-year plan? So I set up a five-year plan depending on the income that I made from selling that I would try to open my own craft store.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I might be doing my first Craft Festival this year!! It’s been five months into my one year plan and in October I am thinking about doing a table and selling what I’ve made so far! I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much more I still want to do! Out of all the things I have ever done in my life arts and crafts has been my only consistent thing. I’ve tried and failed and given up on a million things but somehow I’ve kept arts and crafts in my life.

This goal has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I’m not anywhere near giving up yet!! If I do end up doing this craft festival I’m going to have three months to get a bunch of ideas and things together! Once T’s mom gave me the idea my brain has been churning with ideas and possibilities and who knows .. maybe it’ll surprise me 😉

Can you believe it? Five months in and I’m already feeling like I’m on top of the world!

Love Always,

J

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2 Responses to “Crafts: The One Year Plan”

  1. Our Blessed Mess June 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Wow! I am trying to do the same thing. My goal is like yours: use my skills to make a little extra so that there is no (or very little) financial worry in our house. I am just about a month in and have just completed a couple of things. I plan to use Etsy, but feel overwhelmed with it. Have you had success? I would love to hear more about how you structured your plan. 🙂

    • underestimatedmom June 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      Wow! We are so much alike!! I started Etsy once I had made my plan so I’m five months in worth of knowledge on Etsy. I’m not the best at reading instructions so I’ve gone a lot by trial and error with it and I can tell you all the things NOT to do! I also just joined a Mom’s group there that is a bunch of women doing exactly what you and I are trying to do and that’s been helpful. I could talk for ages about how I came up with my plan and all the crazy details but the thing that really got me organized (because I am not all that organized – even though I reorganize a thousand times) was this book I saw a review on: Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush. It had so much information in that I am still using. I have it on my nook so if you have a nook and it’s lendable I can lend it to you.

      I think the most shocking thing I’ve coem to learn is that you really have to put out a lot of money in order to get anything back. Like this craft fair I’m about to do. I was planning on doing it a year from now but I got the opportunity to do it now and I know it’s going to help. Also marketing yourself is KEY to success. For the first four months I was on etsy I just posted my stuff and assumed people would find me and buy my stuff. I’ve sold one thing because I haven’t put myself out there enough. This mom group I joined is helping and this craft fair will REALLY help.

      I could talk for hours about everything!! If you want to email me with questions or just to talk you can find my email on my contact page up at the top. I’d love to help in any way that I can and give you all my tips and don’t do’s!!!

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