I feel myself being pulled in all sorts of directions lately. I certainly didn’t think starting a business would be easy. Or did I?
Perhaps some small part of me, a little bird on my shoulder, told me it would be the exact same as what I have been doing I would just need to keep track of everything for taxes. The past few years I was happy to pay a few bills each month. Happy to cover my supplies plus a little more. It didn’t bother me that I was essentially working for $4 or less an hour. It didn’t bother me at all to the point that I didn’t even really do the math until recently and didn’t write down the hours it takes to do a specific commission or a pattern for that matter.
Now that I’ve shifted the focus from hobby to business I need to make a decent hourly wage. Then on top of that, a profit. Because businesses can not grow without profit to be put back in. In order to do this I would have to double my commission price. While I know those that appreciate my work would certainly understand, it would take an already small pool of willing buyers and cut it in half if not further. Which is why I began focusing on patterns. Also why I will be releasing kits and even a monthly / bi-monthly crochet club that will have goodies delivered to your door. I’m excited and impatient to start on those, but I have to wait. And wait. And wait.
I have to wait for my business info to go through before I can purchase wholesale goods that will allow me to keep the price low. I have to wait until I have enough inventory to be able to offer product reliably. I have to wait until I have enough people willing to purchase my product. I have to wait to do trade shows until I have everything else taken care of. I have to wait. My impatience is screaming. “Hurry up! Get it all done!” I can’t. I have to wait on other people for some before I can do others. And that.. is killing me. Pulling me every which way.
I’m still doing commissions because I have to still bring in money; I’m still grateful for those that wish to pay for my service. I appreciate each and every one. I am ready to take it to the next step though. I’m ready to stop waiting.