Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hello Hello again! :)

Hello everyone!
Apologies that I haven't been updating much on the blog.
Running a business on my own means I have to do EVERYTHING by myself.
From accounts to paperwork to cutting fabrics to packing the room office to buying stationary to mailing letters.

Before I turn self-employed, I often wondered how do crafters do it?
How do they stay focused & patient on their business?
Don't they feel despaired & wants to give up when things are slightly down?
Then I realise passion overwrites everything.
When you have the passion to do what you love, nothing can stop you.
You may have days that are down & sucky.
Go out. Have a walk. Have a cup of tea.

I had a really bad day last week.
Was really procrastinating to go for my weekly session of yoga.
In the end, I went & it turned out to be my best session.
I did my positions. Not the best but I tried.
I sweated. I breathe. I relaxed & I felt oh-so-good after that.

There are LOTS of people out there who think that being self-employed is the best & easiest thing on earth. Yes it is the best thing on earth.
When it rains heavily in the mornings, I am so glad that I don't have to wake up but yet I could sleep in a little while more.
When I don't feel like working, I take a day off.

BUT what they don't realise is that when you are self-employed, everything falls on your shoulders.
When the business does not makes enough, you are the sole responsibility.
When the stocks are not moving, you are the sole responsibility.
There is no SUCH THING as benefits/maternity leave/paid leave/MC/insurance.
 You work longer hours because there is only ONE u.
There is no job security.

Next is hard work. Enuff said. I think I have never work so hard since my school days.
Totally agree with this. "Good things comes to those who work their asses off"
Taken from here.
And you definitely need a bit of luck.
I admit I have been a wee bit lucky this year.
Things are slowly picking up on the business side.
I met a few people who are absolutely wonderful & supportive towards what I am doing.
Participated in a few fairs (Public Garden/Maad) which was oh-so-satisfying.
It was such a good experience with so many vendors that has the same mindset but yet we were not fighting with each other for business.
The atmosphere was oh-so-good that made me realise that I did not make a mistake by changing my career which was at my peak (I reckon).

To be frank, I am definitely not earning as much as I used to.
Am I happier now? YES.
It is hard to put in words that satisfaction you have when you see someone coo-ing over your designs or wearing your designs or simply just having a customer telling you that she loves your designs.
I had a customer who came over to my booth during Maad, congratulating me on having my booth and how much she loves one98one's stuff.
It was an absolute high!!

AH.Shucks. I am rambling.
Ok. I have to scoot off to fill in a questionarie for Marie of Etincelle Creative Studio & get ready some of my samples!
It is going to be oh-so-exciting March/April/May!

Meanwhile I have been really into typography/posters!
So you can follow my pinterest boards here!

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