Embracing others in Business
So we as crafters all have that time when we are swiping through Facebook and Instagram and we see that other crafter doing similar crafts to our own. It's unavoidable there will always be more then one person that makes bracelets, candles, cards, stickers, papercuts and so on!
When I opened my paper flower business years ago it would drive me crazy every time I saw someone making them, or even asking advice on how to make them! And unfortunately we all have those moments of unrespectable behaviour, like people taking our photos from our website and pages removing the watermarks and trying to claim them as their own and as a business it's a shame you have to deal with this. I'd get so upset and felt I couldn't deal with it in the end I stopped making them,
I look back now and I regret this as people still ask me to make them I had my products placed in professional bouquets windows displays, I was asked to do a number of professional shoots, and magazines and people bought them as there own wedding bouquet. I didn't see the good in it and always put myself down.
So I decided about a year ago to start making planner stickers for myself and I loved it I wanted to share this but its a very competitive market to be in, and I let my self doubt get in my way yet again.
But earlier this year I was expected onto a sticker shop design team your world of colour this was a massive goal and achievement for me, and watching carlyann do what she does best made my confidence grow in myself she is an inspiration.
Also opening hobbies for happiness with so much doubt in my head and seeing how it has grown over the past weeks has finally given me the boost to do something for me!
So I decided I wanted to open my own Etsy planner sticker shop.
Being on a planner sticker shop design team was the scary part of it I was so frightened that carlyann would think I was copying her even though my stickers are very different from hers I was so worried she would kick me off her team not only that I have grown very found of her as a mentor and friend and didn't want to upset her.
I spent weeks crying letting my self doubt get in the way. Until one day I finally plucked up the courage to tell her. I was shaking and crying.
But carylann being the amazing person that she is embraced my new adventure and even offered her greatly appreciated advice and help!
I was so overwhelmed by this. Carlyann has taught me and inspired me to embrace others in the business and so I hope I can do the same for you.
And I am extremely nervous but happy to announce my shop is now open!
Don't self doubt.
Don't be scared to try.
Don't let your anxiety get in your way ride it!
Embrace others they may be able to help.
Be as inspiring as carlyann.
If It's overwhelming/upsetting have a rest step back for a minute and look at the positives and why you started in the first place.
Don't give up.
You can do this believe in yourself.
Live your dreams.
Thank you carlyann. Xx
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