Off to a Good Start – But Then Overwhelmed and Exhausted
I am feeling so discouraged about my new, almost-but-not-quite jewellery business.
I LOVE making jewellery, and since I am allergic to most metals, it makes sense to me to try to find homes for the 250+ and growing finished pieces I have.
I have a Facebook page, a very basic web site, and an Etsy page.
My sister-in-law had a home party for me last month and not only was it a fantastic learning experience, but everyone bought something, and sales were over $300 between 6 guests.
Everyone, at some point that night, told me how beautiful they thought my jewellery was, and about 3 of them began to follow my Facebook page.
That’s all very encouraging but… right now I sort of want to throw in the towel.
I have Bipolar Disorder, and am overcoming a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. I don’t drive and I experience a great deal of anxiety.
My husband and I live in a 500 sq ft condo with our three cats.
My “studio” is about 5 or 6 square feet of space in the corner of the dining room – and I must share some of that room with my husband’s astrophotography hobby.
I have been following a lot of the advice here on Jewelry Making Journal. I’m using Rena’s pricing formula, I had printed business cards and thank you cards and found a lot of inexpensive items for packaging at the dollar store.
I used a number of Rena’s suggestions at the home party and I think they made a big difference. I have a couple of spreadsheets I’m using and I think I’m taking the right first steps.
At the moment, however, I feel so exhausted. I can’t even be bothered to unpack and put away the nice supply of jump rings that just arrived.
I’m not making any sales on Etsy. I believe my photographs are one of several reasons, and that’s the biggest stumbling block right now.
The photography is what has me feeling like giving up. I’m a decent photographer, but most of my jewellery photography is terrible.
I came across a post here that outlined such a simple set up for photographing jewellery and I was so excited.
Today, it feels like more work than I can stomach and I actually don’t have any room in my home to set up the very small display that was described.
Additionally, the idea of re-photographing all that jewellery makes me feel a little sick.
A friend offered to host another home party for me, but I haven’t made arrangements with her. Perhaps I need to work in that direction than perfecting my online skills?
Does anyone have any ideas, or has anyone had a similar experience who could share what they did to get past it?