Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spring Time Transitions

My generation is very much one that focuses on instant gratification.  We are horrible "waiters".  Seems I have been cursed with this.. I want a hundred people to look at my product and I want 50 sales from those looks, and I want them now!  I can't wait for the day that my business realizes this sort of attention, but until then I must keep building my business.  Still I find that I am often impatient and extremely discouraged.

More than 4 months into my craft business and I have sold only 4 orders.  I know, I know, I'm just starting out so I need to be PATIENT.  Most of the time I can tell myself that and get through the day, but lately (or maybe for the past whole month!) I have had a creative block, perhaps due to this nagging voice in the back of my head that says, "If you aren't already successful, then why are you still trying?"  When you start a business your focus should be building inventory and advertising, not getting sales.  So, the lack of sale should really not bother me as much as it does, because the goal right now is not sales, though they are appreciated! but to work on my collection and creativity.  But, as I have said, I have a block, and you can not possibly create when you have a block! At least that's been my excuse for the past month.. and really I have nothing to show for that month, so it is time to adjust my thinking, to transition from fearful procrastination to determined, persistent creation.

So, I am working on my new items for spring and praying for patience. :)  Instead of pursuing thick scarves and fingerless gloves, I will be focusing on my home items, my bright face scrubbers for instance and my wonderful kitchen washcloths and baby hats with gorgeous flowers and bright colors.  Instead of crocheting for the business, I will be crocheting for the sake of my creativity, and maybe, just maybe I will be able to get over this block.  After all, the whole reason I started my business was because I wanted to do something that I love and am good at and share it with other people, maybe make some money on the side. My business is a product of my love for crocheting, I do not love to crochet because of my business.  I must remember this.

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