A few weeks ago I decided that I would try and get a lot of the “business side” of the business set up before I open my Etsy Shop. I figured this would help me stay organized and get all the pesky things done, so that I can focus on the “creative side” of the business. Of course I will still have to do bookkeeping, inventory, and the like once up and running, but the big stuff will be taken care of.
It sounds nerdy and lame, but I am pretty pumped that I got my EIN, I registered under a fictitious name, I opened a business bank account to keep the finances in order, and I received my Sales Tax License. I have a few other things to do like set up my bookkeeping system, start a facebook page, order shipping supplies, print Business Cards, photograph finished products, and create listings. Phew that sounds like a lot, but totally doable.
In the meantime, I also worked on a few bags. I most definitely want to have more ready to list by the time I open, but if not I can always list them later. I have a big goal. Sometimes I try to trick myself with my goals. For instance, my intended date for the Grand Opening is June 1st. I am going to try with all my might to make that happen. I pretty much gave myself a month, which to some may seem like a lot of time, but I know what I want to accomplish and what I have to do, and a month isn’t really that much time. But I knew that if I set the date further on down the road it would give me an excuse to procrastinate and I have procrastinated long enough. If I don’t make it June 1st, and I sure am going to try, I won’t beat myself. I’ll just open June 2nd;)
All my self trickery makes me think of that cheesy quote that goes something like this “Reach for the moon, because even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”. Although when I think about it, stars are farther away than the moon, so you would actually be landing in the clouds, and if clouds are how I imagine them to be(unfortunately they aren’t) that would be a cushy landing. Not so bad. I’m rambling. The point is to dream BIG!