When I first went into the business of self employment, I didn’t think it would necessarily be easy, but I did expect to make some sales. Now, two years in, I am happy if I get an extra like on the Facebook page or an extra hit on the Tictail. Sales are mostly a pipe dream.
I started out with aspirations of becoming a wedding dress designer. I had designed a load, and even made one. I made another. I had a photoshoot with some friends. I got a broken toe in the process.
Then it stopped.
I tried marketing, online stuff and in the directories. I couldn’t afford to do fayres with no money coming in. I even had a go at organising my own wedding fayre. It was a drizzly day when it finally came round, and i’d had problems with both non – payment and table suppliers cancelling. I was accused of not advertising, not making banners, not doing this and that, and I had pretty much given up before it had started. The tables were cheap compared to the usual cost, yet I was threatened with legal proceedings for the matter of £35.
It all died down, I stopped being self employed and once again became unemployed. It was one of the worst experiences of my life that was of my own making, having to give up the dream and work for someone else. Except that didn’t really happen either.
I’ve picked it back up again, but on a much smaller scale. I can’t afford to make the wedding dresses, and a lot of the jewellery I have made was made during my seasonal work. When I make a sale, I buy new stock. I have done an Indiegogo to raise money for new stock, and that was quite successful. Only one pledge is still to be fulfilled.
I’m always beong moaned at for being negative. The fact is, when something is my choice, I can be massively positive and enthusiastic. And it usually comes back to bite me in the arse. My insolvency is proof of that. I’m not bankrupt, by any means, but I was seriously considering it this time last year.
I guess the moral is – go for it, but it doesn’t always go the way you want. Keep that in mind.