thoughts on being an independent maker

being an independent maker | jenneng

I woke up this morning with no post for today. What happened?!

Every thing boils down to me doing my job … or not.

Since it’s just me, being an independent maker, I have to wear all the hats!! I’m the maker, the designer, the bookkeeper, the marketer, the writer, the schedule maker, the errand runner, the product photographer, the inventory queen, the list just goes on and on. I knew it would be like this and I am grateful that I can do this full time.

What I didn’t think about before was what happens when one day I don’t feel so hot or I simply just don’t feel like working. What happens then? Who’s gonna have that post written, who’s gonna cut those straps for those bags that need to go out, who’s gonna stamp my logo on the outgoing envelopes who’s going to take my packages to the post office?

Everything will stand still and nothing will continue until I come back to it, because every thing boils down to me doing my job or not. If I don’t have that post written, it’s because I didn’t do a good enough job at scheduling. If I run out of inventory on my WR Grey tote, it’s because I didn’t do a good enough job at scheduling.

I am constantly learning every single day on how things should be done, which areas need improvement, how to handle time management and when to schedule something. Those last two, are really the most important factors for any business. It’s rough sometimes being a soloprenuer. I have to push myself to keep going. It can be a bit lonely at times when it’s just me and not a team of people working together to accomplish a task.

What are your thoughts on working alone and getting things done? Do you have any tips or tools being an independent maker?