This past month has been about learning and growing as an artist and as a business. My website has changed over the months. At first, I just wanted a place to share what I learned and have a place for my portfolio but the more I followed other creative minds my idea changed. A other people introduced me to other places that could show and sell my own work. I thought – why not!
I gave sites like Etsy a try and I even wrote my first children’s book. The most important thing I learned about myself was that I had a passion for creating. It was the one time when I could create something out of nothing. Alchemy when it comes to imagination and a piece of paper is one thing but selling it is another. I started listened to Entrepreneur podcasts and found out that I think a lot like most of them. Creation seems to be our drive in this world but there comes a point when you need to do something with all the things that pile up in your studio. Selling anything is a completely different experience from making the items.
Most of the time you are the creator, manufacturer, assembly line and the seller all in one. It can be a roller coaster ride. Yes, you can be creative when it comes to business – it is the reason why most of would be hired by another organization but there’s a lot to learn. What you see is not the same as the people who buy, and they will be just as opinionated and picky as when they go to the store to spend their hard earned money. So, what do you do when you learn about ecommerce or seller websites? Answer – I looked to the other people who have already been through the process.
I’m going to share this process of studying and learning from other creative minds who took their idea from start to finish and turned it into business success. Follow me as I listen and learn. Here are the notes I took from following Tracy Matthews and Robin Kramer through their Flourish ThriveAcademy.com.
Tracy Matthews & Robin Kramer