This year, I want to add at least 120 new items to the Ingleside Creations Etsy shop, and because I have already posted 37 items, there are only 83 to go. Also, I am hoping to be a vendor in some craft shows this year, and will need to fill the table with twice what I want to sell. But I can't make the items and run a business, or even do one or the other, without lots of help.
I have already spent about $1,200 of savings and gifts getting this far:
- 43 listings posted on Etsy since January, 2017
- 5 ready-to-ship items sold in Etsy shop since January, 2017
- 1 ready-to-ship item sold outside my Etsy shop since January, 2017
- 3 custom orders completed and another in progress
- a shop logo and banner
- a camera
- most of a booth for craft shows
- learned several new embroidery, quilting, and just general sewing techniques
Getting new materials enables me to practice new techniques. It is like my job training and apprenticeship rolled into one, except I am teaching myself with whatever internet articles and YouTube videos and sessions with the seam ripper I need to master a skill. I have a huge list of knitting, quilting, embroidery things to learn. You can learn more about that here.
And now I need help getting the business underway. Everybody in my family will tell you I don't like asking for things, especially money, but I think in order to not have to rely on other people for my entire life, I have to ask for help getting started in life.
This year, I plan on adding more dishtowels, dishcloths, quilts, doll blankets and quilts, potholders and table runners, and embroideries, because they are what I will take to a craft show in the autumn.
The materials vary so much from item to item that I have a rough idea of how much each kind of item costs, but cannot break it down completely.
- Embroideries: ~$200
- Quilts: ~$200
- Potholders and table runners: ~$50
- Doll blankets and quilts: ~$25
- Kitchen towels: ~$100
- Kickstarter fees: ~$75
When you fund the Kickstarter, I will tell you in more detail what supplies are needed for each kind of item Ingleside Creations sells, what goes into them, how long they take to make, and when you can expect to see them in the shop. It is very cool to see how quilts and the like are made when the similar items you can buy in a store seem to just appear out of nowhere.
Risks and challenges
Because most small businesses fail within five years, the biggest risk is Ingleside Creations joining them. Whether or not I can support myself with it, I will make the best shop possible, no matter how large or small it is.
The biggest challenge is filling the shop with new items because I make all of them myself. I work long hours and weekends and take good care of my hands so I can continue.
Production delays would come from health issues, but I can work through them now, and the sick times are shorter and fewer than they have been for a long time.
I would steadily make the rewards until they were all done and shipped, hopefully within a year of starting this Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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