I hate promoting myself.
I love designing things. I love sketching new ideas. I love shopping for materials, and finding amazing treasures to recycle. I love sewing. I love jewellery making. I even love ironing (only projects - not proper ironing with clothes and stuff).
But I can't be faffed with all this self promotion stuff. And now everyone keeps telling me it's the most important part of what I do. Damn! Really? Are you sure? If I just make cute little things and put them in cyberspace, won't they find their way to new owners? No? Oh...
I use twitter, and chat to some lovely people. And I do tweet about my shop and products...sometimes. My PR man (hubs) says I should put a link to my twitter profile here >>>
maytreelane on twitter
I have a facebook business page, and I put photos of new products on there...sometimes. PR man is watching, better give you a link >>> maytreelane UK on facebook
And my folksy shop is where you can find the aforementioned little things >>>
maytreelane's folksy shop
But if I'm honest, joking aside, I would rather just be sewing! I would love to make a small living (or even a modest contribution!) doing what I love, but am I willing to be a shameless self promoter if that's what it takes? I'm still not sure...
If I sold enough to pay for more lovely fabric, buttons and beads without going bankrupt, then maybe that's good enough. I love my hobby, and I wonder if turning it into a small business would spoil it?
How have you all found the switch from hobby to selling? I'd love to hear your experiences - and tips!