Well its' messy. I can't even believe I'm sharing these photos because I'm absolutely embarrassed about how messy of a maker I can be. I make and I make and I make, then I clean and repeat. I love to get in a good groove and make, package, throw fabric in a basket, cut and cut and sew. The mess is actual beautiful to me. If that studio wasn't messy then I wasn't really doing anything in there was I? I have helpers from time to time but it's mainly me in there messing it up and making beautiful accessories. I love it. It's not all glamorous and it's not easy at all. Being self motivated is actually much more difficult than going to a job where you are always told what to do. Trust me, I've worked both sides now. It takes making goals, spending hours emailing customers back, hours browsing supply shops or online stores for fabric and packing supplies, doing things that don't seem immediately profitable but all all so necessary like editing photos, writing descriptions, doing research ..etc. One of the most asked questions that I have ever had from readers is 'how do you run a successful etsy shop/handmade business.' I wish there was a magic formula that I could tell you. There just isn't. I know there are several websites out there to sell your handmade wares on but I chose etsy because I love the community and support. Etsy shares wonderful tips about how to make your shop better all the time. I think the most important thing, well three important things, is to create a *unique* product (only known to you or your style), always have the mindset that you don't know everything/take time to educate yourself constantly and make a quality product. The other things that will make your business successful come after that. It's little things like always working on better photos for your online store, constantly perfecting your craft show booth, seeking out advice from fellow artists, knowing the right audience for your product, etc. Those things start to come in time but are great to start working on right away. I also think kindness throughout your business goes a LONG way. I cannot tell you how many times I refuse to shop somewhere because the sales person was rude, pretentious and/or condescending. I think it's so important to be kind and patient all the time. I wish I had more clear cut answer for you but I feel like there's not much else I can say besides be true to yourself, think ahead and don't give up.
I'm positive that I haven't answered all of your questions but if there's something that you would like to know more specifically feel free to answer or leave a question in the comments section. I'd be more than happy to help if I can.
I'm just thankful for your support and thankful for etsy and the blogging community for encouraging me to do what I LOVE.
Here's to handmade (raises glass)!! (and then do a fist pump)