If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would be running my own internet based business with my personal blog as the hub, I would have been greatly surprised. (Granted, people usually are surprised at the future.) But my surprise is not in the nature of my work, as I've always felt I would somehow get around to selling what I make. Being a not-so-electronically-minded person but one who prefers old-fashioned methods, I find myself with a business that is solely internet based and computer controlled. The strangest thing is --I'm okay with it. Just goes to show what the age of the computer can do to a person.
But it is true. In this electronically minded world, you can't help but become accustomed to its methods. And don't get me wrong, I've happily used the computer all my life, and worked from it daily for many years. It's really in the core of me to just prefer nature, like sitting in a tree with a book (which I haven't done in ages) instead of inside with an ebook, or even outside with an ebook.
Either way, this is where I find myself. And I am pleased to be able to announce that Ginger Peachy as a business is official!! I had my first two purchases for digital downloads on Ravelry the other day, and I was super happy about it.
|GingerPeachyStore on Etsy|
By the way, I have asked the question, what makes a beginning business official? Is it having an actual site/store available for displaying your products? Or is it finally making a profit? Whatever it may be, for my own peace of mind, I feel like I can officially say my business has launched. The fairly new moniker of Ginger Peachy is going to stand for more than just a whimsical blog title, it's going to mean business, life, future expectations, and hopefully, with it my reputation in crafting will grow.
At the moment, what I have to offer in my stores (Etsy and Ravelry) are digital downloads of Ginger Peachy patterns. What I hope to offer in the future is made-to-order and custom physical products, like The Dutchman and the Condesa art and the Give Thanks Wall Art. I also dabble in jewelry and hope to sell it someday as well, but I don't want to get ahead of myself.
This has all been a lot of learning for me and I still have so much more to learn. At the same time as opening the Ginger Peachy Store, I have begun in affiliate marketing with Leisure Arts and plan to, in time, join other affiliate programs too. If you aren't sure what affiliate marketing is, read my disclosure.
|Ginger Peachy on Ravelry|
I was beginning to feel like it was hopeless, even if I believe that God is in control and my future is in His hands. I told God in January that I would wait, no matter how long it took, even if it took a year (and deep down inside I knew that would be about it). All the experimenting and learning I have done this year is irreplaceable. And I know that had I begun my store sooner I would not have been as happy with it as I am now. That's what I mean by following God's plan for my life. It's like puzzle pieces. I desperately want to put the pieces in myself, in my time, but when I do, it's a like a child that doesn't yet know how to match the pieces. The outcome can be rather gruesome. But when God puts the pieces of the puzzle together, the beauty and rightness is beyond explanation.
So. Go on over to one of my Ginger Peachy stores (here and here) and look around. As I said in a few posts back, I have a simple cowl that I am dying to share with you! Come back soon!!