So after a few weeks of hinting, I’m finally ready to show you my new project that I’ve been working on. Begin.Create is my new business that will be officially launching in January 2017. The social media channels are launching today and the blog is launching next Monday. Though it hasn’t had a name or a purpose in my mind, Begin.Create has been a long time coming. In January, it will be 9 years since I first decided that I wanted to work for myself and I’ve spent all those years deciding what that work would exactly be. I guess that’s what your twenties are for, right?
I wouldn’t take those 9 years back for anything though. They are what shaped me in life, in business and what gave me the experience to be able to have the skills for Begin.Create. So what is Begin.Create? In a nutshell it’s social media training and strategy building for creative small business owners who are starting from square one. It’s for people who have an awesome product but have no idea on how to get it out there. Essentially, I’m giving my clients all the knowledge I have in promoting your product so you don’t have to take 9 years to figure it out like I did!
It’s funny how much you can take what you know for granted. I didn’t realise how many people out there struggle with social media and blogging and find it intimidating. Making the decision to be self employed at the beginning of this year was the best thing I could have done for myself. It hasn’t been the easiest of years, particularly financially, but it gave me the time to finally realise what I’m good at. Teaching. I’ve pretty much lived online the last decade and it’s there where the majority of my knowledge has come from. But even outside that, I’ve done a lot.
I got my bachelors and masters degrees in marketing, I’ve worked in retail, merchandising, buying and logistics, as well as having my own real life shop in Afflecks Palace and online Etsy shops. And while all that was going on I’ve blogged. Though I’ve only been blogging on here for about 5 years, I actually started blogging in 2008 (2007 if you count LiveJournal) for my first Etsy shop. Of course I can’t forget this year where I went self employed and became a virtual assistant for creative businesses. It’s crazy to think how much I’ve packed in but it was all necessary – I had to find the jobs that weren’t quite right for me first and that’s ok.
I used to think I was such a disappointment. A jinx. A failure. And it didn’t help that a couple of those jobs at the beginning of my journey practically told me so. That’s not really something you can easily get over. But I can finally say that I am confident in myself and my skills. I’m damn good at what I do and what I do is truly valuable to people. If you’ve launched a business and your product isn’t selling, it can be devastating. If social media scares you and you feel out of touch, it can feel really intimidating. And if you’re an introvert and all you want is the confidence to sell your product without feeling awkward, then I’m here for you. I’ve been there and I don’t want anyone to feel like I used to feel. All I want to do is help people to escape their dull jobs and create a business that gives them joy and makes them actually look forward to Monday mornings.
So that’s what I’m going to be doing and I just can’t wait. The website is up. I made it myself using Squarespace which was a lot easier than I expected and I’d love to know what you think! Begin.Create is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Come join me and spread the word. Everyone has or knows someone who has an amazing product that needs to be shared with the world.
I’m ready to begin. The question is, are you?