Five Blue Buttons.
Not four. Not six. Five. Blue. Buttons.
How did this all come about? Well, that’s why I decided to start a blog to accompany my website.
Returning from Japan in the fall of 1999, I landed a contract to write a history of my hometown on Prince Edward Island. In doing so, I accumulated many photographs from community members that were included in the book. This is the first time that I recall looking at vintage images and thinking it would be a good idea to make them into greeting cards.
I didn’t have the money or the confidence for such an undertaking at that time. Fast forward fifteen years and I decided to give it a go. Now settled into my professional career, I have the money and time needed to devote to a small business. I put the wheels in motion during my Easter vacation on PEI earlier this year. A small business advisor at Scotiabank was my first stop and she proved helpful. Her first question was “Do you have a business plan?. Me: “Ah, nope”. Step No. 1 = a business plan and I was pleasantly surprised that it proved to be a helpful exercise.
I will admit that manuvering my way through the registration of the business, setting up the wesbite, and all the varyiing licenses was all completely foreign territory for me – and I enjoyed every minute. It was a challenge I obviously needed. To do all this and find the first thirty images to be used with the cards took me approximately six months. It could have done more quickly if I didn’t have a 9 to 5er day job getting in the way.
For now I am focusing on greeting cards, but have some ideas about other things I’d let to try and encompass in FBB.