With a new year comes thoughts of what you might like to do differently. It may be the typical list of eat better, dry January, hitting the gym, doing that DIY job that you’ve been hiding from for months. Equally if you’re creative the new start may leave you brainstorming how you could turn your creative hobby into a business. For some people it’s that burning question that keeps on popping back into their minds and for some it’s just a little ‘what if’ niggle that gets shelved over and over because after all, ‘life’s too busy’ or ‘you probably wouldn’t be a success anyway.’ It’s tough to get up the nerve to just start, partly as you often don’t know where to start and so you continue with the same old 9-5 hustle! I’ve been there and I empathise but I come bearing good news that there’s help at hand. My first port of call was to open an Etsy shop in order to kick off my own business and I’m so glad I did. This year Etsy brings you Etsy Resolution, a free four week bootcamp starting at the end of January, designed specifically to help you with everything you need to know in order to set up shop, so you can feel confident to get rolling and smack the new year in the face!
You may have made all sorts of resolutions this January but perhaps there are some you haven’t made because you feel they’re too big, too crazy, too overwhelming and so it’s easiest not to set yourself up for disappointment. I know that mindset well. If you’re a maker, designer or creative, you may well have little pipe dreams of turning the hobby that you so love into something you could earn money from, maybe even do full time one day but it’s all to easy when it’s just you beavering away on your own in your room making projects for friends, to see that as ‘head in the clouds’ kind of stuff. You may, like me 3 years ago, think you’ve just got a creative brain but couldn’t handle the business side of things.