Opening a Can of P’s
Tuesday’s blog rolls back the hours, and today I thought I might go back in time and shed some light on just how I got started on the Clarity trail. Not because I am getting nostalgic; more because I am aware that so many of you want to get started, to start a little business, sell your artwork, run crafty workshops, even open a craft shop. The burning question is always HOW? Well, I can’t give you the magic remedy, but I can tell you how I went about it, and perhaps you can pick up a few ideas. There are so many, SO MANY factors to consider, perhaps it might make sense to cover one thing at a time. Why don’t we start with my old Can of P’s, the first being Predicament. Your predicament will dictate what you can or cannot do…
I was a Mother with 2 little kids when I got started. The whole idea of my getting a little craft business going was to be able to have a job I could do from home so that I could look after Grace and Mark, and be there for them. It’s a long story, but when Grace was born, I had a sizeable business, a language school, in Germany, and she had a full time babysitter. Long story short, it came to light after several months, that she was being physically abused by this person I had entrusted her to. At which point I made a promise to baby Grace and to myself, that I would never ever leave her in that vulnerable position again. I gave up the business on the same day I got the Doctor’s report.
And that presented me with my predicament right there. At the time it was all very distressing, but had that not happened, I would probably never have turned to art and craft to make a living.
Anyway, back to Predicament. I wrote a list of what I was and wasn’t able to do. From drawing to driving a van. From teaching to translating. I wrote a list as long as my arm of all the things I was capable of. Then I wrote a list of the things I didn’t want to do, or couldn’t do. Like work away from home, travel with a job. It quickly became clear that drawing and teaching were the direction I wanted to go. Can you believe it? That was 21 years ago, and here I am, teaching crafting on TV, using stamps I have drawn! But stamps and stencils were absolutely NOWHERE on the horizon! That came much later! So I guess what I am trying to say is, if you are wanting to DO SOMETHING, it has to fall in with your predicament. The predicament will likely change, as did mine after 18 years, when the kids left the nest. But here’s the next irony: even though I did exhibitions at weekends and workshops in the evenings when the kids were growing up, the business was always based at the farm we lived in. And the year Mark left to go to University, we moved the business into a proper business unit. I stopped working from home.
Tuesday’s blog always rolls back the hours. I think next Tuesday I will open my can of P’s again…Product. Great starting place once you’ve established your predicament.