Challenges I faced starting a creative business

I forced myself to finally publish this post.. it’s been both exciting and scary to be blogging again… I’ve missed it though. Enjoy!

After sending out so many Cv’s looking for jobs without getting any, I sat down and thought of what I could do in the meantime. It had to cost almost nothing but give big results. I googled online businesses with zero capital, I baked muffins only for my aunt to use the money for her daughter’s transport for school. I’ve asked my aunt to teach me knitting, she just never had time. So I taught myself crocheting . I didn’t want it to just be a hobby, I wanted it to be a business. I was so naïve to think it would be that easy.

Here are some to the stuff I had to face up with:

Time it takes to learn

Crocheting is easy but it can get complicated as time goes. Making sophisticated bags that look stylish and classy has got to be complicated and use a lot of time to learn.

Getting funds or capital.

I am broke, I need money and business needs money. But at least I could work with the little money I had, ( Don’t tell the social grants department).

Had to learn with little resources. Using my aunt’s crochet needle and recycled her wool/ yarn- had to rip my her knitted pillowcase apart. I watched youtube videos and started learning and posted online. Thanks to YouTube and Pinterest, I posted a few things on my facebook and got some orders from those who liked crafted stuff.

Not knowing how much to charge.

At the beginning I had no idea how much my material would cost, how much yarn I was going to use, how long it would take to make and how much I’d actually make. I ran out of material halfway of my first order and had to ask my customer to put in more money. She was nice and I love that she believed in me. I didn’t mind not making profit. Now I do, trust me.

Undercharging

Even after knowing how much everything costs and how much I would like to make, I still undercharge. I get it, sometimes people want to buy your stuff and support but only if if costs less. I fell into the trap of trying to bring in customers by charging peanuts. I’m still struggling with this. I guess I had to learn the hard way. It’s important to know your worth, even when you love what you do.

Not getting the material I need

I use wool for my stuff and Im a sucker for tshirt yarn. I had to search online shops closer to me that sold it. I found one, It was too far, I take 2 taxis to get there and I don’t always get the colours I want. But I’ll always have to make it happen.

Not paying myself

A friend suggested I should always take out my own salary from the cost. I haven’t really paid myself but Im getting good and customers are coming, still have a long way to go.

No mentorship

As with many other departments in my life, I had to make it out on my own. I had friends who were

supportive and constantly giving me business advice some of which I took and some discarded intentionally, I’m grateful. But the struggle is real when you do business on your own. I wanted it to be my baby so when it grows, I’ll be the one ripping the benefits. 😂

Dealing with Customers

Yes, people skills. I’m bad at dealing with people. I may be kind but I don’t like being taken for granted. One complained the top I had made did not look the same as in the picture she gave me. I had to calm down and help her with what she wanted. After this, I started doubting myself as a business person and stopped making any crochet projects. It took me an order from a close friend to bring me back. I’m grateful to that young lady.

Not knowing which strategy to use

I don’t have a schedule or budget put into place, I just do it as it comes. I need to up my business skills. Tips welcome!

Putting myself out there

Im still scared and it takes time to convince myself to try and post my stuff online. You know how black twitter trolls can tear you down to pieces. But eventually I had to take the chance. I was happy I got likes and retweets. It meant I was on to something. 😊😜

Not making much profit

I still haven’t made much from my products, I’m also still learning. I want to charge larger amounts when I know I’m really good. I took a chance with this one clutch bag I made for my friend, it looked gorgeous and it’s good quality, and posted it on twitter for the first time. As meantioned above, the response was positive, though comments stopped when I mentioned the price 😂. Oh well…

Saying No to money

This can be a challenge too. I learnt to not take orders of stuff I had never made or have no pattern of. I only take a chance when I’m certain I can make it.

Im still going to face even more challenges – business is hard- the best thing I have to do is to push forward. I need that paper! I got a kid to feed.

If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to share it on social media. or leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you. 💜🌼🌻

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Sisanda says:

    I am so proud of you my little friend😊

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      thank you so much sis. 🌼💜

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  2. Always a challenge. Always onward! Patience, perseverance, and self-belief are all important ingredients. Wishing you all of the above and much success.

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      Thank you Eric. I’ll keep that in mind..😊

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  3. Adropofblack says:

    You’re actually really good. People like cheap or free things but you can’t underpay quality!

    http://Www.adropofblack.com

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      I’m so happy you think I’m good. Only people who understand the sweat you put in and that you spend money to get quality material. thank you sis.💜🌼

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      1. Adropofblack says:

        You’re welcome 🤗🤗

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  4. daninmaya says:

    I wish I could do more than send good wishes and hope your venture is a success for you.. Good luck! Not sure what part of the world you post from….

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      I’m in South Africa. I hope as time goes I can be able to send out stuff globally as well..😊🌼

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    I always knew I would never have the skills to start a small business. Big praise to you for persevering through all those challenges. Lovely work, too.

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      Thank you Elizabeth, 😊. I think I also took the creativity from my mother, who is a seamstress. love her traditional clothing but this interested me more. 💜🌼

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      1. Elizabeth says:

        I love to sew but have never learned to crochet.

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  6. Lydia A.J says:

    Am also just starting in the crochet and knitting business. I so relate with this, we must push forward.😊

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      Thank you Lydia. It’s so nice to hear someone actually understands. Wishing you luck with your crochet business as well. 😊💜

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  7. Big ups to you GAL!!!! You are definitely an inspiration. xx

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      Thank You 😊💜

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  8. What an amazing skill you have! And yes, it is scary to charge your worth but you must continue to work your way towards that. You deserve it! Best of luck to you. ❤️

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      Thank you Edin my love. I’ve missed you. 😊💜

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      1. Aw. Funny enough, I’ve been working on my freelance career as well, so I haven’t been as active in the blogosphere either. But we will stay encouraged and keep up the good work.❤️

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      2. Siphosetu says:

        I saw your graphics. they look amazing. love them. 😊💜

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  9. Queen Karen says:

    I absolutely loved this post. If I can send you a bundle of yarn I will do so but don’t know what country your in. I’m in the states. I crotchet too but I haven’t in a while. I learned like 8 years ago and it was fun making scarves. Don’t give up. Keep on. I like the work you displayed in this post. God will make provision for you 🙏🏿😊. I was trying to send you a video of this girl I watched s few years ago who makes so many items. When I find it, I will share it with you. You go girl.

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      aww you’re so kind💜. I’m in South Africa and would love to get as much yarn as I can. Please share her link on this comment would love to see her stuff. I get inspiration mostly from Pinterest then find stuff to make from YouTube. 😊💜

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      1. Queen Karen says:

        So far away but I know that God will provide for you. So many yarns will come, you wouldn’t know what to do with it. I will share it but currently I am doing a Time with God Challenge which includes no YouTube, or any social media handles for the month of November so when I get back on YouTube, will send it your way 😊. Take care Siphosetu. Have a blessed day/week ahead.

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      2. Siphosetu says:

        Thank You so much sis. Hehe Yes God will provide. How is the challenge going so far? I think it’s amazing! 😊 I’m sure it does help with connecting with God, to be mindful and in the moment.

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      3. Queen Karen says:

        No problem at all 😊. Yes God will provide. He is Faithful 🙏🏿. The challenge is going well. You can read more about the challenge on this blog. It’s going well. It isn’t easy certain days but it’s a time to focus on God, spending time in His word and work on assignments. Especially for the fact that YouTube was like my TV. I enjoy watching videos. That part was a bit challenging the first time I did the challenge but it’s coming well. I hope your baby is doing well too.

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      4. Siphosetu says:

        I’ve also been watching a lot of YouTube videos. 😂 You will go in to watch a certain thing but end up watching everything! I will definitely look at the challenge. 😊 I’m so glad to be connecting with you right now.

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      5. Queen Karen says:

        It’s such a great pleasure connecting with you too 🤗. Take care of yourself. I’m all your ways, seek God and continue to do your part. Things will fall in pleasant places for you 🙏🏿

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  10. It is actually awesome to se that you are learning along the way. No business is easy as ABC but with resilience and the right attitude you are definitely headed the right way!!.

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    1. Siphosetu says:

      Thank you Virginia. I really am learning..

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