Do you ever find yourself saying “one of these days I’m going to get it together and…” fill in the blank. Do you feel totally overwhelmed by the daily demands of parenthood - feeling disorganized, lost or unsatisfied even though it seems you have "nothing" to complain about? Do you sometimes wonder how certain people you know or admire seem to have or do it all?
Well, you are not alone.
I am Robin N. Fator a full-time mom, wife, fashion designer, artist, entrepreneur, and Madonna lover. I am the driving force behind the handmade brand Dark Pony Designs. People are always asking me, "How do you do have time to run a handmade business with kids?" Well, since 2009 I have been struggling, striving, tweaking, and working hard to run a successful Etsy shop while maintaining a healthy functioning family. These past years I have learned a lot about myself: what it means to be a woman in business, the importance of consistency, and the power you gain from being a mother.
I wrote this guide because I want to give you a shortcut to getting what you really want out of life without the guilt that can sometimes arise from devoting time and effort to things other than your family. This is about being a good mom and a good artist, crafter or vintage reseller. Whether you stay at home, have a full-time or part-time job, are a single mom, homeschool your kids, your children go to regular school, you are in school yourself, or are already running an Etsy shop and want to take it to the next level- there is something in this book for you.
If you are looking for technical advice, life advice, mom advice, or just an outline for how to do it all without losing your mind- this is it. Sometimes the simple things are the hardest, but baby steps are the name of the game. This is a practical guide. So forget those preconceived notions of perfection: a Pinterest worthy house, from-scratch cupcakes for every occasion, and always putting everyone else’s needs before your own.
In this book you will find:
-How to take that first step towards pursuing your passion.
-Getting real about what you love and what you want to do.
-Stopping the guilt cycle.
-Getting that start-up money for your Etsy business.
-Making time for yourself.
-A step-by-step tutorial on opening your Etsy shop and how to make it great.
-Filling your Etsy Shop
-Maintaing a Work/Life Balance
-Helpful resources for those times when you are stuck.
This is an affordable first step and a commitment to yourself.
As an Etsy business owner I have successfully kept my brand debt free and have increased my gross income every year for the past 5 years while simultaneously homeschooling my two sons. In 2014 I made the same income as my husband who works a 9-5 for a local government agency. After over 1,100 sales and 100% positive feedback, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to run a small handmade business simply and effectively while managing to maintain a healthy, yet demanding family life.
Make this commitment. Making choices is progress. Take this first low risk step towards realizing your potential. Indulge in the possibilities of artistic freedom, a chance to do what you love and still love your family.
So come on already... Get It Together!
Robin N. Fator