i've been mulling lately. mulling, planning, wondering... i have vague plans to grow my little business over the next couple of years, get out in the public eye more and generally get it to a point where i can make a reasonable part-time income while raising our kid(s). i'm looking out for markets i can do around melbourne late this year, taking out ad space in mixtape around the same time and hoping to work on a wholesale offering available early next year. these are the first baby steps, i want sewing to continue to be fun. i want time to work on new designs and not get bogged down making the same thing over and over (which is what happened with my wholesale/retail handmade journal business in canada). so, while this is quite possibly a foolhardy plan to entertain while i await the arrival of my first child, it is being mulled. what's causing the most amount of thought is one tiny detail involved with where i want this to go in the future. which, in a perfect world, involves shane and i both working on handmade designs, he out of beautiful timbers and me out of fabrics, but with a similar feel and design ideals. it's been discussed. a renovated farm cottage, some land, a big, open workshop where we can work together yet separately... ideal. and what's the tiny detail causing me the most amount of pondering? my name. my business name. onegirl designwrks - been with me since 1999, "a small celebration of all the things i am able to do, alone, by myself, just one girl". i still like it and at the same time, am not quite satisfied that it's the best fit for me anymore. i'm not so much a "girl" and will, of course, be getting less so as the years go by. and, this may be totally overthinking it, but i'd like something less gender specific if i'm going to continue and expand my toy making endeavours. and the clincher: if shane does get into handcrafting a range of children's furniture and toys once the house renovations are done, i'd love to have a business name that we could both use and work together under one banner.
what to do?
part of me says that the next couple of months are the ideal time to make a change. to relaunch a couple of months after the baby is born with a new name, start doing markets under this new name, put out my advertisements under this new name. it all makes so much sense and at the same time, seems so scary somehow. like onegirl is a bit of myself i'll have to let go of, along with any bit of recognition it has in this here blog/craft world. i'll lose all of my lovely etsy feedback by starting a new shop, miss out on all the links that send people here... plus coming up with a new name is hard.