It’s been a long road with so many bugs, glitches, and failed plugins, and my store has been tested, re-designed, and fixed more times than I’d like to count. I’m so excited to finally say that I see the light at the end of the tunnel… My site store (along with my newly redone website) is finally ready to go live in the next couple of days.
I’ve been intending to open up an online shop for a few years now and things just kind of kept taking me off of the path to finishing it. People kept asking me where they could buy things I had made and I felt ashamed when I repeatedly had to tell them that my shop still hadn’t been completed. I would lay awake at night and dream of selling digital prints of my work, selling original traditional art, creating my own patterns, selling crocheted goods, and even creating instructional videos and craft kits to help other people enjoy all the fun of creative arts (the last two are still future goals).
However, life kept seeming to get messy with work and family challenges. I ran into a number of technical glitches and interface problems for a long time while trying to develop it as well. I always found myself failing to climb over the hurdles that kept hurling themselves in my path and my confidence about the project was painfully low.
Then one random day, something finally shifted and I thought, “Man… it’s time. This store is all you think about. Just do it already”… so I did.
Here I am, a couple of months later (with some pretty intense eye strain and about 23 new grey hairs) and I’m so excited to be starting the next chapter of my creative business journey. I can tell you that I’m both excited and terrified but man-oh-man, it sure has been an interesting and insightful trip to get to this point. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve learned some really invaluable information.
For those of you who may be reading this and are teetering on the edge of doing something you’ve wanted to do for a long time, try just taking the plunge. Really. The worst thing to come from a failed attempt is you just learning how to do it better the next time, and in the end, that sure doesn’t sound too horrible at all.