Monday, January 17, 2011

Throwing in the towel?

I'm really considering giving up this online business thing.... I don't think folks realize (or care) about how much time and energy I put into it. I work REALLY hard on everything I create, and then spend even more time on the website and all the advertisements etc. Its not easy. I feel like only a small handful of people take notice and care... and those are my closest friends & family. Everyone else could care less. I suppose the economy doesn't help things because people don't have the excess money to waste on handmade trinkets, crochet items, and artwork when they can be spending the money of food for the table and I totally understand that... So the question is, is it worth it? Is it worth all the time, aggravation, and being ignored? Should I just go back to creating when I feel like it... and only for myself and my friends and family? Or should I get over it and not give up? Will things get better, and more active, or am I fighting a losing battle?

I think that I'm leaning towards throwing in the towel at the moment. I'm really considering just creating to make myself happy as a hobby and lose all the excess stress of it all. I love drawing and painting, crocheting etc. Its who I am and who I've always been....

My best friend said that maybe I would be happier doing it because I want to and not as a business.... maybe she's right.  My minds sort of all mushed up with thoughts, questions, doubts, and concerns... it feels like the angel on one shoulder, and the demon on the other whispering in my ear.. ya know? Anyone got any advice?


With Love, the oober confused,
Andrea

4 comments:

Mrs. Burroughs said...

I dislike this. I don't think you should give up at all. In fact I think you should keep at it b/c it's something that you LOVE to do.

You aren't one to give up & I don't think you should give up your shop just yet. Have faith. :-)

I love you sis.

Ginger said...

I don't see it as "giving up" entirely since you will still be doign all the artistic things you love, but you said yourself - the economy currently sucks. I just hate to see you pour your heart into it day after day, week after week and it go unnoticed. I feel if you were less stressed with posting and updating a business, then you could focus more on doing your crafts at your leisure. You can still sell them or make them as gifts for loved ones, just minus the stress of a business-like atmosphere. Again, just my opinion. I wish you well with whatever you decide to do. :)

Ginger said...

doing* even... oopsy! Where's spellcheck when you need it?! LOL.

slicknc73 said...

Ande i have to say I agree with Heather... You have never been one to give up so don't start now... You enjoy doing this you just have to have a little patience and faith that it will all work out... Don't give up

Love ya Ande