Today, I thought I’d share a little more in depth on what I do with my business. I’m a work from home mom, and this is exactly what I do in my business!
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Thanks for stopping by today! So, I am hopefully going to go in depth a bit on what EXACTLY I do in my job/business. I work from home and you saw last week HERE a general overview of what I do each day. But today I thought I’d dive a little deeper so you can see a bit closer into my business as a work from home mom!
Last July (almost a year ago!), I quit my job as a secretary at our church. I loved this job but I really felt like I needed to move into something I could picture myself doing for years to come, an investment in my and my kids’ futures.
So my wonderful hubby threw in his support, and I began studying like mad to learn graphic design.
My thoughts were that I would create art work of some sort, and sell it via Etsy, or similar. But first I had to learn how to do that!
I have decent computer skills, and figured with some practice I could teach myself how to do graphic design on my computer.
I began watching YouTube videos, which led to me watching and subscribing to SkillShare. SkillShare was the one thing that really kickstarted my skills. And I would urge anyone who is looking for a boost in your artistic field to check out SkillShare. (through this link, you can get 2 months free). It gave me that extra step by step instruction that I needed to figure everything out.
Then by the time September 2018 rolled around, the kids were back in school. And I finally had some quiet time to put together and figure out a shop on Etsy.
You can find my shop HERE.
I started off with art prints and added t-shirts.
Then by January-ish I began doing journals on Amazon. This required a different program, that was the same but different. But again, used my SkillShare app to figure out all of the details.
TO see my Amazon creations, go HERE.
Behind the Scenes with My Business as a Work from Home Mom
So, for my Etsy creations, this is what I do/have:
I draw out everything myself on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil. This is the easy part… lol Then I send a screen shot of the picture to my Mac desktop computer, and my Adobe Illustrator program. From there I digitize the drawing. (In other words, I get rid of the background, and make it so there are only letters to print.) This step is actually quite complicated BUT the easy explanation sounds so easy, and we will just leave it that way.
After I have the drawings digitized, I do it usually in black and white, rarely other colors. I then go onto Printful.com. I am linked to them on my Etsy site. They do a great job of printing all of my designs for me. I chose all of the stuff- like t-shirt, colors, wording on the website, prices, etc. There is a fee for designs.
Then I post, and connect to Etsy. Etsy also has a fee for listing, and you have to relist every 3 months (I believe?). Each time costing you a small fee.
I then go to Etsy and check to see how it looks on the site. I usually make some tweaks here to make sure it all looks and reads well. (From time to time, listings also expire. So I then either relist or leave it in my expired category if it wasn’t a popular item.)
Then my new listing is ready to go! I usually then share it via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram).
Check out this time-lapse video of behind the scenes starting from my drawing to listing:
This is what I do for my Amazon Journals:
Same as my Etsy, t-shirt designs, I draw my designs for the journals on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. I then send a screen shot to my Mac Desktop, and use Adobe InDesign to design the pages and covers. I also have drawn out the lined pages as well.
Then I load them to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on the Amazon site. This site, for a novice seems pretty user friendly.
Then I wait for KDP to approve my design (they have to check print edges, etc). Then within about 48 hours they will either approve or let you know what problems there is with your design.
Then once your design is up, it’s ready to go on Amazon. I don’t know if ALL books are available on Prime but all journals I have done have been! Which is impressive!
Another thing I love about KDP is that there is no fee UNTIL a book is sold. So they don’t charge you to load books/ journals. But once an order is made they have a set fee (which they let you know what that will be after your book is loaded and ready for the approval process).
Blogging & Social Media with My Business
I started blogging probably 11 years ago, back when blogging was free! lol I used blogging as a creative outlet. I was home with 4 little boys on a mini-farm. And I decided to chronicle our lives. You want to check it out? It’s still HERE.
In January of this year, I decided to pick blogging back up. (If you scroll WAY back on this site, you will see where I started blogging but more focused on antiques and home decor.) I figured this blog could be another creative way to do something I love, writing! And writing about the things I love, my family, being creative, being a mom, encouraging, etc.
My social media outlets were mostly to reach out to people for my business side but have become both for me… for business AND for hobby.
And I am thankful that those 2 things can merge together!
The Story Continues
So I have been working on my business for almost a year now. My thoughts… I am still working hard on it. There are seasons when it’s easier and when it’s harder to get things done, as most things are for a work from home mom. But it’s been ok. I LOVE creating designs. I love my business. So I am waiting to see if this is something I am to continue, or if it will morph into something new.
My Etsy shop will be a year in September. And Amazon is only 6 months old.
If you have any questions that I didn’t answer here, please feel free to comment or message me, and I will try to help you out!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I appreciate you reading about what I do, and supporting means my business as a work from home mom! I will see you again in a few days! Have a great week!