So I am closing down my business.
I feel quite gutted to be honest and a feeling that I have failed.
It hasn’t helped that I have felt that family members haven’t been supportive and no encouragement just criticism
The art market is very hard and Etsy and EBay and all the other online market places are saturated with people just like me.
I have worked so hard not only on creating but on marketing myself and I have spent loads on advertising but it’s not viable.
I can’t keep throwing money at something that is clearly failing when I get hardly any sales and it’s not that my art is expensive it’s literally been priced up so it works out on some pieces I’m working for less than 25p an hour so what is the point.
It’s knocked my confidence quite a bit and I think maybe my art is rubbish but the problem is like I say it’s a hard and very competitive market to break into and I haven’t got the energy or heart to go on anymore when I know I am never going to get close to earning the measly £50 a week I had hoped.
If I kept on going I would be lucky to earn it in a year
Income support were not a help either you cannot meet with them face to face for advice when thinking of self employment and they said I could keep benefits for 6 months and then changed their minds because I was working on my business for 16 hours a week
All I have achieved is nothing literally it has created more problems