Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
At some point after we got over the initial hurdle of starting our own business, this funny thing started to happen. The romance started to change shape. Mom started RAGGEDedge because she liked making fun, funky, colorful, one of a kind sailcloth bags. And she still would, if we could figure out how to sell them and make a living. Thing is, we couldn’t.
So, dragging our feet the whole way, we slowly started to pay attention to what the market was looking for, rather then what we wanted to make. And I do mean slowly. We had a REALLY hard time letting go. It felt like we were selling out. It felt wrong.
There have been many epiphanies along the way, just to name a few:
There are more, I’m sure, but that I think gets the point across. The romance becomes less about the actual product that you make (although its still important that this be your best, even if its not exactly what you would have chosen) and send out into the world, and more about the message you send with it and the experience you create.
Even though RAGGEDedge started a long time ago, this month marks the 2.5 year mark for us taking it seriously. And learning to let it evolve has been, and continues to be, one of the hardest lessons for us. But we recognize that letting it affords us the opportunity to continue doing what we do, and to continue living the way we want to and contributing to the world in a way that makes us happy.