I'm sad to say that I will not be opening up my Etsy shop at this time. I've been working so hard for it. There was inventory, photos, editing photos, paper work, working on the site, I even started this blog with Etsy in mind. My landlord crushed my dreams.
Where I live you need a DBA, resale license, business license, and a home occupation permit. The home occupation permit must be signed and approved by the landlord. Well, I'm a renter. She (and the property management) had me jumping through hoops. I got the insurance policy they asked for. Insurance policy? For a business that may or may not even make a sale in the first year?! In the end, after relentless nagging on my part (they don't return phone calls) ... the Home Owners Association said no. Because I have inventory. Inventory! My inventory is in a 12" x 6.5" tupperware. In my opinion, my business was so small, did she really need to run it by the HOA? I have another business (not out of home) so I didn't want to take chances without being properly licensed.
I really wanted to be a part of the Etsy world. I didn't realize how much I wanted this until I was denied. We won't be here forever. I'm a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. It's going to give me the time to finish some projects.
My projects waiting to be completed:
- I'm finishing an apron, I started months and months ago.
- I'm going to slowly start my first quilt. It's going to cost a small fortune for all the fabric. I'm finding out I have expensive taste in fabric.
- I have a screen I need to reclaim and burn a new image. I wanted to do a print where I use traditional screen printing and Gocco.