I have been on the hunt, the past couple of weeks, for pottery equipment to get started as an independent artist. Yikes!! I have hit all the major places: newspapers, e-news, eBay, local ads and Craigslist. Craigslist was the most successful place to search and I found a potential buy on a wheel and kiln. Andrew and I have been talking a lot about the “what ifs” and have been praying about making the right decision. So, I have been in touch with the lady selling the equipment and have made an appointment to take a look at both on Thursday! I can’t believe it! I know it is going to be a challenge to get started no matter when I do because the start-up costs alone are a bit crazy! (Of course, when I was studying art in college, I had to pick the medium that involves the most equipment and expenses to get started!) For me right now, I am battling through the hardest part – getting started! It is so easy to just say, “I’ll wait till later to get started”, for various reasons. What is wrong with right now? Yes, I am a newlywed and that alone presents its own financial adjustments, but I am young, determined, don’t have children yet, and I am in a great location to get my name out there and start marketing my own ideas. I was a business minor in college and learned a lot about starting and owning your own business. Statistically, a new business takes up to 5 years to really become established and begin to grow. Now if you have found a niche, then the process could scoot along more quickly, but generally it takes about 5 years. With that being said, I want to begin that process of building now, not keep putting it off. I have a lot of great ideas I would like to explore and several venues I want to give a try as well. I am excited and scared to death, but it is time to stick my neck out and get this ball rolling! Keep checking in here to see what comes of Thursday’s trip to see the kiln and wheel.