It has been a minute since I last wrote a blog post, and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things with this fun introductory post! I'm currently running a giveaway over on my Instagram (you can check it out here and enter, if you want) and one of the requirements is to answer 2 questions that I have up in my stories! Well, since there's been about 200+ questions submitted, I thought I would briefly answer a few of the top questions I've been receiving here.
So without further adieu, here's 5 of the top questions I've been asked:
1. How did you get started in your business?
I wrote a whole blog post about how I accidentally started my business, and that explains a lot of how it start. But what happened next, and how I've kept it going, has been an unapologetic desire to follow my dreams and create things.
2. How do you balance your time, working two jobs, and are able to do it all?
First off, I don't do it all. Literally when I see this question, I laugh... and I feel bad that people think I can do it all. I can't! Now I do juggle a lot - and part of that is because I've learned that I do best under pressure... I perform and am most productive when I have a lot going on. However, because this instinct is natural
3. How do you find time for rest and to be with your husband?
Like I mentioned above, I choose to do this and have to fight for it. I really enjoy working, and so it would be easy for me to work 24/7. However, I did that when I first started out, and it definitely had an effect on our marriage, on me personally, and on my business. It isn't healthy for anyone when you work non-stop. Taking breaks is actually what helps fuel your creative genius!
4. How much money do you need to start a business and not be in debt?
Starting a business, you need less money than you think. I would look over your finances (with a spouse, if you have one) and figure out how much money you can set aside to start a business. For me, I think I started with a few hundred dollars. There are SO many ways you can sell products without having to spend a ton of money (especially when you're starting out). There's company that do Drop Shipping (where you design the product, they will print and ship it) which has no up front cost. There's a lot of companies that do products this way! Literally just google, "Drop shipping product company"
You can just do custom orders, which means you're only buying once someone has purchased.
5. What keeps you inspired? How do you come up with new designs and feel confident that they will sell?
I've learned that you cannot force creativity. It's like the wind - it comes and goes without you really knowing where it came from, where it's going, or when it will come back. So I lean into this. If I'm feeling creative and inspired, I'll take a blank sketchbook and jot out all the ideas and sketches I possibly can.