I have been planning on starting a blog for ages…
It’s amazing how life can get in the way of all good intentions. Unfortunately for me, it’s not even the case that I’ve had loads of things to do, which has delayed me. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. For the past 5 years, I have spent approximately 70% of my time in bed, unable to do much, apart from think, and plan.
I have a chronic illness called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, more commonly known as M.E or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s an absolute bugger of an illness. Without wanting to sound too dramatic, I can hardly do anything I used to be able to do. I have to plan rest days just so I can go out for a few hours with my family, or work at an event for the day. I can be stuck in bed for days at a time if I have a flare up.
I also have the most annoying ‘brain fog’ which can sometimes make me look and sound like a complete idiot. Throw in Restless Leg Syndrome, sensitivity to light and sound, as well as regular migraines for good measure. Also, add in that many people don’t actually believe that you are ill and that you should just ‘get on with it’ and you have a vague idea of what it is like for those that suffer from it.
I was very lucky, as I already had a successful creative business before I became unwell. For me, it was a case of drastically reducing my hours, but also learning how to work smarter. This took a lot of getting used to. I still mess up to this day and can sometimes do too much, which leads me to having to spend the next few days in bed, wishing I had the energy to kick myself for being so stupid.
I started making notes when I wasn’t well enough to work, on everything relating to my creative business. My notes covered setting up as a business, and selling online and offline. I also wrote about other related topics, from social media marketing to doing accounts. For months, I went through my business and experiences with a fine toothed comb (that was a pretty epic feat in itself with my complete mashed potato brain).
I figured that with all my experience in running my business (the bad bits as well as the good bits), I could give people a complete guide on how to start and build their own creative business. People are always asking me for advice, so I must be doing something right for them to ask my opinion?
This blog is the first step for Mum With A Plan. As you may have noticed, it isn’t heavily populated yet (Feb, 2020). I am making myself accountable by launching it like this so my followers can see it grow. Hopefully, I will help you start and grow your business at the same time as I am growing a new part of mine. I am also starting up a closed Facebook group which I hope will become a community of like-minded people.
The second step for Mum With A Plan will be an online course and membership for people wanting to learn in depth. I hope to start with Etsy as that is one of my strongest income streams. I have made over 1,000 sales in the past 12 months alone with Etsy, and I have so much advice to share with you all.
I know many people out there would love to be doing what I’m doing; working part time from home, making a decent wage at the same time. There are usually one of 5 reasons holding people back:
- 1 – Not knowing what to do
- 2 – Fear of failure
- 3 – Time constraints
- 4 – Worry that it will be expensive to start a business
- 5 – Thinking that you aren’t creative or artistic enough.
My responses to the above…
- 1 – I’m going to guide you through all of that.
- 2 – You just need to get over that one. I quit a full time job when my business was only a few weeks old as I just needed to rise above my fear of failure.
- 3 – I spend most of my time in bed, so this is not a full time plan unless you want it to be.
- 4 – I had zero to start with. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to start up. I raised £150 from selling old clothes on eBay to fund my start up.
- 5 – You don’t have to be an accomplished artist or anything to have a creative business. When I started, I bought a book and taught myself how to make jewellery. I then taught myself how to use a sewing machine. I even have a brilliant idea for those of you who don’t want to create as such, but still want to have a creative business.
Don’t forget, every single creative business owner all around the globe has one thing in common…They have all had to learn their craft and have gone on from there. Anything is possible.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.