As I write this, I'm practically knee-deep in to-do lists, inventory, shipping boxes, sketches, notes, receipts, and a bunch of other debris of a growing business. Yes, I'm growing my business in 2015 and its all growing pains now. Sure, I'm excited. A lot of my new things coming down the road have been on my mind for years. For example, making outdoor-quality garden signs has been a back-burner project held up until I could muster enough financing to make a decent batch. After this past Holiday sales season, I'm finally in a place to do just that. Also, Greeting Cards and other stationary has been one of those wish-list items that needed extra resources.
This, I'm sure, will be my year. 2015 is a year where I'm not going overseas, like I did with my then-fiancé in 2012-2013 to teach english in South Korea. Nor am I getting married this year, which took over a lot of 2014! (but what an amazing time :-) And finally I'm not sharing a small studio space, and I'm moved into a decent-sized workplace where I can grow and build. Yes, it is exciting! Now, I'm working on focusing by clearing out client commitments, and declining big projects. Not this year! Its all about creating and building my own line of graphic-goods that has a tremendous potential, I think.
Invent something and sell it, is what a mentor once said to me, and I'm taking the advice to heart. So now the show is going on the road. First, to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. I'm excited because its a big show right in my favorite territory. These folks "get" what I do and are going to be excited to see my new stuff. Right now, pre-show, I'm pretty exhausted from all the designing I've been doing, and yet there's still a show booth that needs built!
Through it all, I enjoy the independence. Its important to me. Although, I'm taking a big chance, financially, I feels its worth it. At least, I feel I can say that now at the beginning of the year. Lets see what happens and I'll let get back to you whether it pays off. Wish me luck!