I just opened the Simply Steph Ko Etsy Shop a couple of months ago, so this Christmas will be my first holiday season as a seller. I thought I would take the Etsy Made in Canada: 30-Day Challenge to learn, launch, and boost my small business. Won’t you join me?
I am currently a full time student, just months away from graduation. I’ve been applying to jobs in public health for the new year, while keeping up with my current class responsibilities. Right now could not be any busier, but it is also the right time to launch my Etsy small business. This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and as I was reflecting on this past year and the things that I am thankful for, I couldn’t help but think about how God brought Simply Steph Ko into my life. I am grateful for the opportunity to express creativity, as a reflection of the Creator; and for an avenue to share my faith through the written word. I am also grateful for having something to do with my time. I am actually surprisingly not as stressed out as I thought I would be about life after graduation, because I know that I have Simply Steph Ko.
I always knew that I wanted to live a creative life, but I was never sure about how I could incorporate creativity into my life. This past year, I jumped right in. I chose to turn my passion for the written word, and for beautiful things into a small business. I taught myself calligraphy (and am always still learning), and decided to use this new skill to create and sell greeting cards. I am still figuring out the business of everything, but I have also learned so much so far.
- Find a community. I think I did this by accident, but it was a happy accident. My new year’s resolution was to live more creatively, so I created a new Instagram account in January 2015 to anonymously share my new adventure in calligraphy and handlettering (I sucked, by the way). But it was hugely thanks to the community on Instagram that supported me and helped me improve and grow. Treat your community as a community, and grow your network by commenting and supporting others, too.
- Turn your passion into a daily habit. Whatever it is, do it every single day. If you don’t love doing it every day, then it’s not really your passion. You will also improve so much by doing something every single day. I try to do one thing a day related to Simply Steph Ko, whether that be a personal lettering project, taking photos for the shop, or working on a project for a client. If every day sounds daunting, then start with weekly, and work your way to daily.
- Ask for help. You can’t be the expert at everything, so ask for help where you need it! For me, this is especially true of business advice. I am no business expert! Learn from others in your field, as well as those who are in other fields. Offer help, too. People will be more likely to like you and trust you if you are willing to lend a helping hand.
The Etsy challenge launched this week, and guides you from idea to shop. Join the challenge on Facebook to follow along! Ready to open an Etsy Shop? Sign up here and we will both get 40 free listings!