Monday, September 12, 2011

Transition Time

I have been slowly working on my Etsy shop, although it is hardly the focus of this blog, it is something that is really important to me. To me it is simply a hobby that makes some money, here is the problem with that, to others who look at it, I am a business. I don’t know about you, but I expect a business to perform and act like one.

Now by that I don’t mean that you should treat customers poorly or anything, actually the opposite, the product needs to be quality, hobby quality and store quality in my mind are not the same. I have purchased several items from Etsy, and been absolutely floored by the high level of detail and quality.

I have only listed a few frames at a time because I am worried that If they sell, I will not be able to keep up with the packaging and shipping in an acceptable timeframe.

Well now that we have covered that tangent, back to the point. Things have really picked up for J.Crabbit the blog this summer, and The Etsy shop is doing well too. While I am certainly not about to quit my day job, I am making the transition into more of a business model, where I have more inventory available, advertise (a little) and upgrade my shipping to something a little more routine, so that I can package it nicely, but have consistent criteria that go into it.

I am not doing this to try to make more money, but rather to try to provide my customers with a better product, and better service. Thinking of it as a business rather than a hobby should help with that.

All that said, I spent the entire day yesterday creating frames, it felt great, even though I didn’t actually finish one…( the paint and poly have to dry before I attach the screen)

At the end of the day I got a little help from my friends, and a free photo shoot with my work (courtesy of the Wifey)

After all that I worked on the extreme makeover: "filing cabinet edition", stay tuned, you know that is going to be a post soon I am looking forward to finishing the project. Have a great week!


  1. i also have been taking a break really from my business - for that reason, i want to be more professional with my brand, packaging and everything!



  2. loving the colors of the frames.

    i just redid my logo and have more to do on the front. today I made belly bands with new logo for some stationery a friend is including in gift bags at a fair she is participating in. Liking the look. Still have more to pull together!