Hi there, I've been meaning to utilize the blog option on my website for quite some time, but it was just one of those things that kept getting added to the bottom of my neverending "things I'm going to do someday" list because I don't know anything about blogging and I'm really introverted and somewhat shy...so here's me giving it a go. Please be patient with me..my mind is like a box of squirrels sometimes.
My name is Tina, I'm the owner/operator of Saigefye (prounced Sage Fire) Design Studios. My shop has been open for a few years now, I opened it because I really love to knit, I was also home full time because I was having some significant health issues and I was looking for a way to contribute to our household and still manage to prioritize my health and happiness.
I knew absolutely nothing about running an online shop or working online when I started. I very niavely thought that I could just knit some pieces and put them online, everyone would come running to buy them and I'd make a decent living while I was at it (hahahahaha I'm still laughing at myself) I didn't even have an Instagram account when I started. Seo...what's that? I had no idea just how saturated the market is with other knitters, or how other people would steal your pictures or any of the stuff that actually goes on. I got very disheartened and it just sucked the happiness I got out of my little shop for me. I didn't even know how much I didn't know. I was taking wholesale orders from a local company (that found me on Instagram) and I was literally knitting for 12+ hours a day, 7 days a week. My hands were swollen and I just wan't enjoying myself at all. What started out as a happy little dream for me was making me really unhappy, I felt like I was working in a sweatshop of my own making.
I haven't spent much time this past year on my shop, it's still up and running and I get the occasional order (which I'm always happy to do) I haven't added a new product for quite sometime, even though I'm still knitting quite a bit. I admit, I found something that I was earning a lot more money doing and I focused on that instead becuase I really wanted to generate a much larger income. I saw an ad in my newsfeed and I clicked on it, watched a free webinar and jumped right in because it just made perfect sense to me. I found the perfect business opportunity I needed. I joined a really positive community, that had all the systems, training, tools and even the products needed to open and run a mostly automated business online. Their training site is amazing, constantly updated and I learned everything I needed to become succussful in the online space. This past year, I've learned so much about well..a lot of things, mostly myself and just what I'm capable of. I now get to mentor other people who are interested in working online but don't know where to start. If this sounds like something you're interested in, shoot me a message and I'll send you a link to our free web class that tells you more about who we are and what we do.
Anyway, now that I've taken the worrying about finances out of my life, I've got time on my hands to get back to doing what I once loved. Creating pieces for my shop. So in the next few weeks, I'll be getting back to making my little shop grow and glow like it never has before! I now have the freedom to make what I want to, when I want to and not worry so much about the financial aspect of running a small business. Hello creativity...it's so nice to see you again!
2019 was a pretty amazing year for me and I'm so looking forward to making 2020 even more amazing!