Starting our own business

Hello everyone! In this blogpost I will share my experience with starting my own business as a student. I always dreamed of having my hobby as a job and now I can finally start the adventure.

 

 

Everything started almost a year ago, when I felt really down for a long time. I was very insecure about my work and decided to do a rebrand. I made a simple website with my portfolio items to show my best work to potential clients.

I started by contacting publishers of children’s books and magazines if they needed an illustrator for a project, but unfortunately they didn’t need me. Because I followed a lot of artists on YouTube who were freelancing and had an own shop, I was inspired to sell some of my work. At the beginning I didn’t really have a plan, or good designs to sell, so that wasn’t really successful. After a while I decided to stop for a few months to prepare everything for when I had a better plan.

After that I kept thinking nonstop about what and how I could sell my own products. I decided I wanted to do a pop-up store, and secondhand clothing also was something that popped up in my mind. I started to design t-shirts, better prints and thought about extra products I could sell that fitted the ‘upcycle’ theme.

Me and my boyfriend also started a YouTube channel, because I jokingly said we should start making video’s. Eventually it seemed a great way to create memories for later!

He also helped me with the whole progress. Because he wanted a screen printing set a few years ago, we decided we were going to print all the t-shirts ourselves. We wanted to make everything by hand and that became a part of our brand.

One day I saw a post on Facebook about a building that offered shops to be rented. I immediately contacted them and the shop that was available was the cheapest to rent (hooray!). I was (still am) so excited about this shop. It has such a great vibe! Beside that you could also have a drink or eat something and check out other people’s work.

I had everything planned out, now I still needed to pay everything. Because I was doing an internship for a few months I didn’t have time to work and save up money. I explained everything to my parents and I guess, because I had such a terrible year before this one, they let me to borrow some money. They were kind of sceptical about it, but they realized it was a big opportunity for me to have a great experience.

At last I contacted some people about how to become an official company. I signed and payed everything and it was as simple as that! Because I didn’t follow a course about business management, I have to wait until the first of September to start everything.

Now I’m waiting to start the production of all the items. I have June and August to prepare everything and in September the products will be launched online and offline. I will make studio vlogs to keep you up to date, as it would seem interesting to me to follow the whole progress.

I will keep you guys updated about this experience, so you can follow everything from the start till (hopefully someday) successful business.

See you next time!

 

Go back to blogposts

One thought on “Starting our own business

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *