As many others in these trying times, my household has been hit hard by our world's situation. Due to my own personal health issues and our youngest child's Spina Bifida, I have been working from home the best I can for years. I have been selling on Etsy. I have tried for many years to use gift cards from birthdays and Christmas as a means of building up my shop. Struggling alone for many years has taken it's toll on me. I try so hard but it often feels like I take 2 steps forward and 10 back.
Working from home allows me to help provide slightly for my family by paying on a loan that we took out for my medical bills and try take some of the burden off my husband while also being home for our youngest who is doing 100% virtual learning this school year. Help with my shop increases my income and sales and takes some of the burden of needing money for supplies so that I can pay more monthly on my medical bills.
My Etsy shop has great reviews and such interest in the shop from customers. However, during this pandemic, I have struggled to keep to up and it is certainly harder to grow right now. Many of my biggest suppliers have gone out of business making it impossible to restock some of my popular items. Prices on simple materials and packing supplies have more than doubled during these times and I had to change things up. I even stopped seeing my doctors this year to just give myself a slight break in bills so I could afford to keep the shop very well stocked.
I would love more than anything to be able to stock up on shipping and packaging materials. I would also love to be able to upgrade some of my tools that are 10 years old and even upgrade to some machines that could really help. I really want to be able to cut and engrave wood for my ornaments and jewelry to help on material costs. A laser engraver and cutter will also allow me to cut acrylic sheets and faux leather for jewelry as well. The machine would be a big help and improvement. I really want the Glowforge Pro with air filter. That alone is $7,000. I have so many plans to expand and want ways to be able to make more items from scratch so that I don't have to worry about suppliers going of business as much. The more I can do on my own, the less stress I will have. My profit margin can grow and I can work at a faster pace.
With help I will have a fighting chance to flourish. This money would give us a much needed break in stress. Having the slightest bit of help towards the shop would be appreciated. I am not getting anything anymore for birthday's or Christmas to even use towards supplies and I can only afford to buy so much at a time as sales come in. I am now in my 40's and feeling so defeated. I have worked so hard to be successful after so many harsh setbacks in life and I feel like a complete failure. I just would love more than anything to have someone out there really believe in me and see the potential in me. I wish I had people to help me and I didn't have to look to strangers for help. I realize that there are so many others out there needing help right now as well. I often feel bad about wanting help.
Whoever comes across this, I thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my campaign. To anyone who also feels compelled to donate. I appreciate your kindness more than you can ever know.
Please stop by and check out my shop for yourself. Hopefully you can see my wonderful reviews and how much love and effort I have put into growing this and see that it is worth helping to continue to grow.
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