Shutting Down My Shop – And bookish business

So I haven’t blogged in a lonngggg time. That isn’t to say that I’ve stopped reading and writing and loving books. But rather that I’ve lost a lot of time for blogging with moving to a new city, starting a new job, and becoming a homeowner. And something that’s definitely suffered is my bookish business. And so I’ve decided to close up shop for now.

Why am I closing shop?

If you’ve been following myΒ journey trying to start a bookish apparel business then you’re intimately familiar with how much money I spend on my business. And I don’t get much back. I love hearing from people who do have my clothes whether they’ve purchased or won a giveaway, but at the end of the day: money is money. And so I’m closing shop to reevaluate my business and see if I can’t create something that if I can’t create something that is more economically feasible for me. That, and my new commitments just don’t leave me enough time.

Are all the clothes gone for good?

If anyone is interested in buying something they remember seeing on my shop, shoot me an email at apparel@ltlibrarian.com and I can absolutely set up an order and mockup for you. But there won’t be a catalog of items available anymore. I use Shopify and to keep that catalog of items I would need to be $14 USD a month, which is more than I pay now for the service.

For all those with bookish businesses…

I started my monetization series to create a look into how feasible it is to start a bookish business. And it wasn’t, for me. Not in what I chose to sell in the manner I chose to sell it. And not with me not having as much time or budget for advertising and actively selling my goods. But I hope that people aren’t discouraged from starting a bookish biz themselves. There are successes, but right now, at this moment, I’m not one of them.

What now?

I’m hoping to transition my business to something like digital content sales for prints instead of clothing. Which would, of course, require complete re-branding on my part, which I’m alright with doing. Or otherwise to keep everything under the blog instead of splitting things up. I’m hoping once I’m more settled I’ll have more time for blogging AND business.

Have you ever had a bookish or otherwise business? What were your biggest struggles and successes?

12 Comments

  • ShootingStarsMag

    December 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this, but it’s probably a good move since you’re so busy at the moment. I do hope you find another way to bring your business back to life that works for you and raises money! I have a freelance publicity business, but I haven’t really “used” it per se in awhile since it takes a lot of time to try and get my services “in front of” authors, so to speak. I recently added research services, but again, I need to do more with promotion. Maybe in the new year when I figure out how I want to go about it.
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    • ltlibrarian

      December 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Yeah, I just found I was pumping money into it and not really using it or trying. And I lost a lot of my enthusiasm for it once I got going.

      Promotion is definitely something hard and you need to keep on top of it. Which is what makes it so difficult. Good luck to you with your business though and I’m wishing you lots of success πŸ™‚ the new year is a great time to get going again on ventures

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  • Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    December 11, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Oh that’s too bad you had to stop your bookish business. I really liked your series about it, and how real you were about sharing your struggles and the money and time it takes to get into such an adventure. I hope you’ll want to keep on going, because if you love it, it’d be too bad to completely give up on it. Hoping everything turns out for the best! πŸ™‚
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    • ltlibrarian

      December 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks! And yeah, I’m hoping those posts and the entire journey will help people out in deciding to go into the business themselves. It’s so hard to tell how a business is doing as an outsider after all. I’m sure I’ll end up coming back to it but I’m taking a break for now and focusing more on getting into regular blogging and writing.

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  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    November 28, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Aw, I am so sorry that it ended up not working out! Businesses are HARD, even in the best of circumstances. I think you have been so amazing though, in sharing this journey with us all. I think it is really important for people to realize the ups and downs that come with venturing into business. So for you to put yourself out there is just so helpful to so many people. And, you are really great at what you do, so I have NO doubt that you will end up being successful in one avenue or the other. Big hugs β™₯
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    • ltlibrarian

      December 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Sorry for the late reply! Yes! They definitely are hard, but I was happy to share my journey and hopefully someone learned something helpful along the way. And I really hope the takeaway people get isn’t that starting your own business is destined to fail. And thank you for your support <3

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