Happy Sunday! After a long time of talking about planning on researching business related stuff on Instagram, I’m finally ready to make a blog post about it. Primarily, this blog post will be focusing on me talking about taking up a new project – an online shop. But before that, let’s first just appreciate the cold but sunny day I spent in the city yesterday with my mom! I went for my fourth session but I’ll update you guys once again about this once I’m on my 6th session. Also how do you like the edited / drawn on photos?!
Of course, all the Christmas decorations were up in the city. I just had to pose next to these big, shiny ornaments.
My mom came with me on my laser appointment for the first time so while she was out with me, I took the opportunity to take her to Kinokuniya. She wasn’t that impressed, but then again she’s not too much of a stationary or anime fan. We did pick out pretty yummy frappes though!
I picked out a black sesame frappe and she picked out a taro frappe. The taro was fine when it had ice chunks but as the ice melted, I found it to be a bit too sweet. I say this as a person who has a major sweet tooth LOL. Still great though!
If I was too vague about what I said regarding having / forming a business, to clarify, it’s an online store. I would absolutely love to sell art that I make in the form of art prints, greeting cards, postcards, sticker packs / sticker sheets, etc. That’s probably what I’ll have starting out, and expand into using other mediums when I’ve made traction! For example, I’m planning on making this one into an art print as well as be made into a sticker.
I was honestly hoping to have researched enough so I could open before the end of the year but a few things are stopping me:
- I’ll be visiting Victor from mid-December until mid-January (and spend both Christmas and New Year’s with him and his family)! It makes no sense to open up an online shop where I’ll have to close it a week or two later.
- I haven’t made enough “merch” to sell. I like my art, but not all of them are exactly great for printing. My goal is to have at least eight to ten items or merchandise ready for sale when my shop opens. I’ll be printing on demand so it’s not really a problem but I just want to have a few things presented so it’s not so empty!
- Not enough research regarding finances / accounting, marketing and SEO, choosing whether to have an online shop attached to the blog site and/or going with Etsy, etc.
I have, however made some progress with the business research. I finally decided on what printer to get, so I ordered that as well as a Cricut Explore Air 2.
A Cricut Explore Air 2 is a versatile machine that can cut various materials such as paper, vinyl, particle board, and even things like thin faux leather. For my purpose, I think I’m only ever going to be using it for paper / cardstock and vinyl.
I went with the PIXMA IP8720, which can print borderless up to a certain size, and supposedly has a high print resolution. Yay! I haven’t tried to do anything with either of these yet, as I’m still on the setup stage.
I’m also currently sampling different kinds of paper from different companies. This is an extremely confusing process and I wish there was an easier way!
So yes, that’s all I have for progress as far as a business goes. Hence, why I decided to move the shop opening date until next year. I’m hoping I can get my act together so I can open it shortly after returning from Canada. We shall see how that goes, and as always I’ll be updating it with a blog post!
Thanks for reading! Until then! ♡