Better late than never right? Apparently the post I had scheduled for Saturday never went up, and I was so busy having fun on the holiday weekend I didn’t even notice until yesterday!
Who or what encouraged you to start your Indie Biz?
My son. He was in a super tiny room in our new house, and I wanted to make him some fun storage! I had an idea to make monsters to eat toys and laundry, so I drew up a pattern, and tried to learn how to use a sewing machine! After I made one, I started getting requests for Mon-stors daily! They went viral and I decided to just drop my day job and focus on making fun, colorful Mon-stors - storage for kids! :) Oh, and that first pattern I drew up? It's the same one I still use today. :)
What is the hardest challenge you have as an Indie Biz owner?
Time. There never seems to be enough of it. :) Ever since I opened my brick and mortar store, Daft Crafts, in Independence, Missouri, I am *always* busy. Finding time to sew and make new monsters is hard, but I love what I am doing now, which is giving people venue to sell in, a place to express themselves, a place to teach workshops, and a means to grow their own businesses.
What is some helpful advice you would give to other Indie Biz owners?
Don't overprice your stuff. Be realistic in your pricing - the more people who can afford to buy your stuff, the more people will be buying your stuff!
What is the ultimate goal you have for your Indie Biz?
You know, I kinda’ let the monsters take the reigns! Who knows where we will end up. ;) In all seriousness, I hope to one day have my fiancé home with me instead of working long hours, and have the monsters takin' care of us. ;) We're so close, so close to this ultimate victory!
in full bloom: helping grow your indie biz!
Time to link up YOUR Indie Biz!!
Don't forget to head over to Neathering Our Fest to see her shop feature too!
Every other week Skye and I will both be featuring a hand-picked handmade shop on our blog and hosting a linky party for you to link up your shop! We want to help spread the word about what you are doing and help grow your sparkly slice of the internet. Since we are co-hosting this shindig - if you link your shop up here it will also show up on Skye's blog post. Here are a couple of guidelines for linking up:
- Link up shops/shop platforms only. Please do not link to a specific item, a blog post about your shop, your blog (unless your shop platform is hosted on your blog) or anything other than your beautiful shop.
- After you link up, visit two or three of the other shops that have linked up and tweet, pin, or facebook about your favorite item from their shops!
- If you have a blog and want to help spread the word, feel free to add this button to your sidebar: