I think it’s about time I start actually blogging about the things I love the most, but since I can’t type all night, tonight’s topic is all about Micro Businesses.
A Micro Business: A very small business that you stumbling into and before you could properly prepare it was starting/a business that you probably didn’t even know you had because you’ve been doing “IT” for so long.
That’s my definition, of a word that probably exists or doesn’t, who am I to judge?
I wanted to talk about this because I see a lot of people, like myself, who try to make their small one bedroom into a functional and operational business workspace.
About 4 years ago, I got my first job at a wonderful company and with that I actually had money to spend on clothes. So, I bought them. The problem with that is, I’m a very picky person, and after a couple of months I wouldn’t want to wear them anymore. I just fell out of love with them. So, I looked for a solution to the “terrible” problem, I started selling my clothes online, and back then I didn’t have (or I didn’t have the time to learn the system) of amazing apps/websites like Poshmark, Threadflip or Storenvy.
I found a forum on Livejournal, fatshionxchange, and on here, curvy girls posted their gently used dresses, tops, etc., and then you would message each other with a paypal email address when you wanted to purchase an item. It was pretty plain and simple, and I sold there for about two years, off and on, whenever I had a wave of clothes to sell.
Then from there I began making items and selling them on Etsy. I made a handful of sales then called it quits. I had more clothing inventory than handmade goods. Then shortly after I found Poshmark. I love Poshmark. I’ve been making consistent sales on that site then any other site I had tried at the time. Before I knew it, that’s where I found out that I was a “store owner”. A micro store owner.
So, I had to organize my life around my new entrepreneur endeavor. I had to clear the clutter or cleverly organize it so that my room had a flow. I got garage storage shelves, (which is on sale now), tons of Ikea storage boxes, and began weeding out what I could sell vs. what I needed to donate.
From there I needed even more space to photograph my items, which meant getting rid of even more stuff. My room layout was changing, as a direct result of my “business” needs. It wasn’t a bad transition, if anything, it was like my room was evolving into another (cooler) Pokemon.
Boxes and organizers quickly became my friends for all my shipping/ packing supplies. It was over whelming then, and even now at times it is, but that’s what makes it fun. I like that my brain is always thinking of how I can be better, and even though there are tons of people out there selling clothes, it doesn’t set me back, it fuels me. I like knowing that there’s always something to be done, I can always try to simply or streamline a procedure, or think of a better marketing campaign.
So, I live among my work and I love it.
Mostly because I love going to Ikea to get organizers.
This is how I began and now I feel like it/I might move up to the next level. Seller’s permit? Buying wholesale? Talking to manufactures about making some of my designs?
The world’s mine now. I convinced someone to but my cheetah harlem pants,which I should have never bought since my butts too crazy, I’m sure I can handle whatever comes my way.
Basically, I you want to turn what you love to do into a business, because you totally can. There’s no right way to start and you’ll learn what you need to do, by just doing it. Mistakes will be made, obstacles will be defeated. Things will start coming together once you start, and you have to accept, that you will fail the first couple of times.
But fear not, all you’ll have to do is stand up and try again.
Next step: A Mini Business