Behind the Scenes Series: What I Did Before Own Something Awesome

Did you know the average person will make a career change 5-7 times during their life? 

Well, I wouldn’t consider most of my jobs a career, but I left the actual workforce at a pretty young age (about a month after my 22nd birthday.)

We’ll start with my first job. Good ol’ McDonald’s. Where I lived, it seemed there was one of two places to get a job – McDonald’s or the grocery store. I was 15 and was bound and determined to find a job so I could buy a car as soon as I got my driver’s license. (This didn’t happen. I passed my driver’s test on my 16th birthday and drove a full-size van all summer – which I WAS thankful my parents had it laying around.) Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Series: The Name Own Something Awesome

Do any of my Etsy Veterans remember the Virtual Labs they offered? You could move your icon around to a “seat” and throw hearts around the room?

So my story kind of begins in 2009. But Own Something Awesome really originated in August of 2011. In fall of 2009 I already had left my position as an Insurance Agent, and was trying to build my business to full-time income. (Or let’s be honest, even part-time income and I would have been ecstatic.)

Needle Felted Dalmation and Turtle Character

Needle Felted Dalmation and Turtle Character

While attending almost every virtual lav that was offered, a topic that came  up quite often was shop names. You wanted a name that was easy for your customer to remember.I was OOAK by A.D.Designs. This was a shop for my needle-felted sculptures. Then a shop for everything else was A&K Gift Gallery. Not the most awesome of names, but that’s what I had to work with. Continue reading

Behind The Scenes of Own Something Awesome

Why is my business name Own Something Awesome? Why do I make the products that I sell? Why did I start a business of my own to begin with?

Soy Wax Tarts by Own Something Awesome

The original 5 fragrances offered by Own Something Awesome!

When I first started my Blog, I used it to share the stories of other Etsy sellers. I love handmade products, the talent that goes into them and the stories behind the business. I realized I’ve never REALLY told my story for my business though. Over the next couple of weeks I want to share my story with you so that you can get to know me a little more. I’m going to cover the topics of why I named my business Own Something Awesome, how I came to sell what I do now (there’s been a long road to come to this point), what I have planned for the future, and any questions my readers may have. If you do have a question, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you, and would be happy to answer any questions!

I’m going to call this the “Behind the Scenes” series and will try to post them on Tuesday’s for everyone. If you don’t want to miss a post, feel free to subscribe on the right toolbar – either by e-mail, through WordPress, or Bloglovin.

Craft Shows 101: Finding the Right Show for You

Craft Shows 101 Finding The Right Show for You

Non-Juried, Juried, Gift Shop, Art Show – how does each differ from the other? – Click to Tweet!
 
 
When you start to find shows in your area, or where you’re willing to travel to, you will notice there are different types of shows.  You will find non-juried, juried, gift shopping/holiday, and art shows. 
 
There could be more, but these are generally the kind you will come across.
 
Now, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, so let’s go over them.
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Craft Shows 101: Where to Find a Craft Show

Craft Shows 101 Where to find a craft show
 Want to start selling your handmade items but not sure how to find a craft show near you? (Click to Tweet!)

When looking for a craft show, you will want to find the right show for you. For example, if you’re selling high-end, higher-priced pieces, you may not do very good at your local high school bazaar. (But if you do, props to you!) You will also want to do some research after finding a show before signing up for it. Let’s start with finding a show though.
 
There are many options out there for organizers to advertise their upcoming shows. You could start by looking in your local newspaper or watch for signs advertising a show. If you attend a show, you could also ask for the event organizer to send you the information for future shows they have planned.
 
Local newspaper, signs around town, Facebook, Google, Craigslist, attending a show as a guest, talking to other vendors at a show you’re at – these are so many different ways to find a show.
 

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Craft Shows 101: Intro

Craft Shows 101


Do you make handmade items and want to start selling at craft shows? – Tweet This!

Are you already starting to sell at craft shows but think you need to up your game? 

Well, I have just the thing for you!

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Why You Should Have A Business Plan!

This is for all my fellow Entrepreneurs out there!
Why You Should Have  A Business Plan

How many times have you had a great idea you wanted to act on, and the idea was just in your head – then weeks or months later, you’re not any closer to achieving that great idea?

Or have you acted on a great idea, then realized, because you didn’t do the research or plan it out very well, that it really wasn’t that great of an idea?

Well, these are some of the reasons why I want to discuss why you should have a business plan! It’s time to get out that notebook and pen and write it down!

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