When I first started making jewellery, I had no intention of selling it. Then I made so much I decided to sell it and tried a few craft fairs, with modest success.
In January 2008 I made the decision to open a shop on Etsy. Little did I realize how consumed by the internet would I become. I was so naive. Having worked for the NHS as a physio all my working life, I had no experience of the joys or trials of running my own business.
First thing every morning I check my shops to see if I've had any sales, how many views my items have had, if I'd had any communication from prospective customers, have any items made it into a treasury etc.
I feel great excitement if I make a sale. One or two days without a sale and I start to promote a bit more. A week or more without a sale and it's hard not to wonder if my last sale has come and gone.
I don't know if it's just me that feels so obsessed with their shop. Does anyone else 'have words' with their other half about spending too much time online? Can anything beat the feeling of getting a sale and posting off the item you designed, made and sold?
I know that I'm happy with how my wee business is going and the enjoyment I get out of creating something new is great.
But I wish I didn't have the need to check my shops so often.