Being a creative entrepreneur is exciting and exhausting. I started the Small Product Lab challenge this week. I took on the challenge not because I am bored and have nothing to do. The challenge appealed to me because I would love to add new products to my blog. It taps into that creative side wrestling to get out.
I am on day four of the challenge. My assignment is to share my progress with others. I am very excited with the results of my product but exhausted. I know there is more work to finish the set up and prepare for the product launch. I must say the process is very rewarding and satisfying.
During the challenge I have forced myself to think, plan, create, and start. The process also forces me to redesign and work out new solutions to new problems.
Mentor Emmilese shared this quote from Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. I love the spirit of what he has written. It eloquently captures the creative environment of entrepreneurs.
“Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built sharing into their routine. These people aren’t schmoozing at cocktail parties; they’re too busy for that. They’re cranking away in their studios, their laboratories, or their cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and hoarding their work, they’re open about what they’re working on, and they’re consistently posting bits and pieces of their work, their ideas, and what they’re learning online. Instead of wasting their time “networking,” they’re taking advantage of the network. By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it—for fellowship, feedback, or patronage.”
In the spirit of sharing here are a few on the processes I have gone through to create a product.
I used a combination of software to edit images and create graphics. The first was Canva. I used it to create the quotes and graphics for a line of décor I am launching.
Using the canvas on Canva allows me to create custom sizes, add custom backdrops, graphics, images, and text.
I also used Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit images.
Lightroom is my favorite photo editing software. I take a lot of photos using my DSLR and phone camera. I have found Lightroom to be very user-friendly and a powerful editing tool.
I used Lightroom to edit my photos. Then I used Photoshop to change the dpi settings for printing purposes. Finally I used Picmonkey to size the images. Picmonkey is a terrific free, online tool for creating graphics and editing images.
The most challenging part of this process is setting up the shop and products on my blog. It is tedious and is taking longer than I anticipated.
I chose Woocommerce to sync with my Printful shop on my website. I like the quality of the Printful products and shop benefits. Woocommerce is very flexible and user-friendly but needs time for proper set up. This is all part of the learning process though.
Fortunately, after the shop is completely set up it will be a faster process to add more products in the future.
I have my lead page done, product images edited, and almost done with shop set up.
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