Operating an Etsy shop has been a dream of Lilah’s for a long, long time. Originally she wanted to sell her baked goods but after really thinking through the pitfalls of this, not to mention the disruption it would cause in our homeschooling, she decided to start her cupcake club instead.
There has been a flurry of creativity in our home this summer. Lilah and her friend have been crafting up a storm. She is using the back room as her studio work space. Here she keeps her fabric, her ribbon, her bobby pins and clips, her glue gun, scissors and exacto knives. She is up early working and often goes to be late.
We agreed that she was ready to operate her own shop, LAcrafters. Legally it is my shop. I opened it to sell my home made deodorant, soy and beeswax candles, and other odds and ends I make. I let Lilah redesign the “store”. She and her friend created the banner, wrote up the welcome note, and together we learned how to list and price the items. She needed help with the first item but after that she was on her own. They do all the photography for the site on my iPhone.
She keeps a handwritten ledger which is exactly like the one she kept while working on Simply Charlotte Mason’s business math book store. She had a starting balance, has taken money out for supplies, recorded operational costs ($.20 per item listed) and this weekend she put money in with her first sale! She grumbles over the ledger but it is my stipulation to operating the store. You have to know where your money is going.