Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in arts and crafts but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Micki Findlay, a Freelance Writer, Columnist, Author, and Poet based in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I like to refer to myself as an 'artrepreneur' as I love dipping my toes in a sea of creative ventures – one being a crafting business I started in 2009 called A2SeaCreations. I create coastal décor, art, and jewelry and sell my handiwork online and in three local gift shops. I am also a published author, magazine columnist, and poet. My stories, articles and poems have been published in several books and magazines, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Crone Rising, Oasis Life, and Van Isle Poetry Collective.
Tell us about yourself
My A2SeaCreations adventure began in December '08, after I designed a beach-themed ornament for a Christmas sale held at a local art gallery. When the ornaments sold, a friend suggested we make more. What began with one ornament ballooned into whatever our creative brains could think up. In January '09, we opened an online Etsy shop. I am now the sole owner, but we remain the best of friends. I enjoy what I do as I am passionate about the sea and love sharing its beauty with others through my designs. As for my writing, my career began as a regular columnist for a local magazine. The editor recognized my talent, believed in me, and gave me my start. For that, I will always be grateful. Presently, I am a regular columnist for Oasis Life Magazine, where I write about local artists making a difference in their communities. I also write memoir, and in doing so, I love helping other women recognize their self-worth, find hope through difficult circumstances, and realize they are not alone in their struggles.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I would have to say believing in myself and in my vision is enough to keep going, even through slow seasons and difficult times. Also, with so little start-up money, I learned to do all own my social media marketing visuals myself.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
I would say carving out time for myself and balancing my life, so the business doesn't take over every aspect of it.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice.
- Believe in yourself and your talents.
- Make time to network with others who share the same goals and interests.
Where can people find you and your business?
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