Apparently I didn’t publish the draft I wrote last week, so I just posted that…. AND you get a bonus one now too. Yay!!
So, I’ll be opening an Etsy shop. I have no idea what the hell I’m doing. I’ve started taking a class that a friend of mine is teaching so that maybe I can get a grasp I what I need to do. I really just need to sit down and write out my business plan and all that good stuff. The whos, the whats. I know the whys already. Here is my original list of things that I can sell:
- Diaper covers
- Wet bags
- Nursing covers (light weight)
- Mai Tei carriers
- Sling carriers (learn to make double sided)
- Boppy covers
- Easy blankets
- Taggie blanket
- Stuffed animals/critters
- Felt story board critters
- Baby K’Tan type carrier (learn to make)
- Mama Cloth
- Training pants
- Some clothes?
- Reusable sandwich bags
- Reusable lunch bags
Pretty broad, right? So here’s the deal… I can sew pretty well. Better than pretty well when I’ve had practice… but I don’t have time. So here’s the conundrum: I have time and like to, but if I make it a business, I *have* to make time… but then is it fun anymore?
My focus is non-traditional (mostly) gender-neutral baby gear. Here’s another rub: roughly 6% of products sold on Etsy are baby/child related, so if I want to make any money, I NEED to stand out somehow. I need to narrow down what I want to sell… or start small at least. Diapers, carriers, blankets. As the business grows (hopefully), I’ll add in some new product lines.
On top of the whole financial aspect of this business, there’s also legal and ethical ones. I’m learning about basic USA compliance pertaining to children’s clothing… I’m still trying to figure out what exactly it pertains to (anything with fabric? Toys?). I have no idea… Also… what’s Hyena Cart? Kinda like Etsy apparently…
I’m kicking around the idea of maybe doing a “$1 from every purchase goes to ____ charity”… I’m not sure how to prove that the money is actually going there. I have a stuffed animal (more like stuffed monster) pattern that is rainbow (it’s really cute)… portion of the proceeds go to miscellaneous LBGTQ group? I dunno…. I like it, I’m just not sure how to do that.