Hello! This is a friendly reminder for anybody who is considering getting a tail or ears for Halloween. Halloween is my busiest time of year, so I'm already starting work on Halloween projects. My Halloween commissions close on October 7th, so you have less than one month to order. That means orders must be placed and paid for by October 7th in order to be finished and shipped before Halloween.
I am already booked for suits, heads, hands, and other large projects, but I always save a little space for tails and ears during October. But I still need some advance notice, so if you want Halloween costume stuff, now is the time to start thinking about it. Especially if you are paying by check or money order! It can take more than a week for a check to reach me, and it has to be here by the 7th.
My gallery can be found here: http://www.sparkcostumes.com/gallery if you care to browse through what I've already made. There is an entire section of tails there. Tail prices vary wildly, so feel free to ask me for a quote. Basic one or two color tails run from $25-$40, more elaborate designs or larger tails will be more. Paypal, check, money order and cash at your own risk are all accepted. :)
Anybody who'd like to get a quote or place a Halloween order feel free to comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi everyone. I'm pretty new here, just joined the other day (I had an LJ Comm joining spree, heh). Just wanted to introduce myself and start by asking for some advice.
I'm 22 years old, and I'm not in college because until recently I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with my life. Currently I work for the YMCA as a senior counselor for a before-and-after school program where I work with kids every day. Its a great job, and I love it, but the hours aren't enough to be part time, I don't really get paid a huge amount, and since its working at a school, I only work when school is running. Since its summer right now, you see my dilemma. After a long story and some late-night discussions with the boyfriend, I decided what I really want to do is open my own store, sell my own things, and be my own boss. Its the American Dream, or something, right? I'm a hardcore crafter - I love making my own clothes, items, etc. I love creating things out of items other people would just throw away. I'm pretty handy with my hands and I'm constantly creating something, whether its physical or in writing (I'd also love to be a writer).
Since I'm young, have no collateral, no savings, and horrid credit, there's no possible way I can open my own store right now. So a couple months ago, I jumped online, made a website, and tried to start up a business that way. I bought some books and really jumped headfirst into it, but I really have no idea at all what I'm doing. I tried to do it all myself, and I was trying to do a lot: creating a catalogue and selling items (for example, spa products, organic tea, clothing and costumes, art and photographs, etc), developing new things all the time, offering services like custom items, freelance work, etc... I was working longer hours on my home business than I was at my then-fulltime job, and trying to start it up, plus advertise, and everything, I was just spreading myself too thin at the time.
I stepped back and took some time to gather myself again, and I want to give it a go again. I've read more, made my files more organized, and I have some better ideas this time.
My question, I guess, is directed to anyone who's started their own shop or store online. What did you do when you were getting started that worked for you? How did you handle it all? What steps did you take to ensure you didn't get in over your head too fast? How did you do it, if you were successful? Any tips people can give me are welcome. I'd love to hear what you have to say. I'm so passionate about this vision I have... its just the initial starting that's stressing me out.
Thanks, and again, its great to meet you all.
[x-posted a bit, so sorry if you see this more than once!]
(Actually, good for not just photographers and artists, but writers and such too, because you can design graphical text for one side using the website. So you could have quotes or vocabulary words or whatever. Whee!)
Is it just me, or is business slow and money tight for pretty much everybody right now? Last year was fine, and the first few months of this year were no worse than usual, January-March are my normal slow months, but it hasn't picked up since then the way it should have!
Are the rest of you having less business too?
(P.S. I'm taking commissions for custom plushes and fuzzy costume pieces, you know, just in case any of you are interested. :) I recently put up a shiny new gallery of all my work http://www.sparkcostumes.com/gallery you can order any of the sorts of things pictured there, including customized My Little Pony art!)