I think the main thing when starting out is to be prepared. I have done a lot of ground work over the past year. I have built up my stock to a reasonable level, although I have loads more makes on the go and not enough hours in the day! A major task was building my website. Again, it is getting there but it is something that will evolve as the business (hopefully) grows. More stock needs to go on, more blog posts and other features that have yet to be explored. I have my Facebook page, which is steadily building. I also have Twitter and Pinterest pages. I have officially registered to be self employed. That was a very big step. Once I had done this it felt like there was no going back.
The next move
Although social networking is a big part of most successful businesses these days, I still believe you can't beat face to face interaction. My next move will be craft fairs. For my first dip into the outside world, I will be going back to where I was born and brought up. On Saturday 24th August 2013 I will be peddling my wares at The Handmade and Vintage Fair in Skegness, Lincolnshire. If you are in the area, please do drop by and say hello. If not, please keep popping back to see my latest additions. So, it's onwards and upwards as they say. Ta ta for now!