If you're reading this, then I thank you for visiting my store!
The Temple Wolf (or the concept before it was given a name!) has been an idea whirring around my mind for the last 10 years. After several years living abroad, I decided that when I settled back home, I would give it a go.* I initially had the plan to open an real life shop. After advice from friends and family however, I realised that that was not a viable option for me and there were far too many risks associated with it, many of which I couldn't even afford.
After meeting with a web designer, I felt excited but also nervous and overwhelmed. There was a lot of time (and therefore money) associated with setting up a website particularly one that dealt with taking payments from people. A few days after this meeting however, my mum text me with a service she had come across; Shopify. I did some research and found Shopify to be the answer to my prayers. It was suitable for someone with little or no tech skills. It provided you with template layouts for your site. It looked after the security aspect of your site and there seemed to be help readily available for IT dummies like me. Of course, it did involve a monthly payment!
After setting up the initial frame of the website, I began to photograph and upload the images for the clothes (second hand and vintage) I had planned to sell. This was the initial vision for The Temple Wolf. It didn't feel right, however, and after a few months I decided to change the products The Temple Wolf would sell. Why would people buy second hand and vintage clothes off a website when they could go to an app like Depop instead?
After sourcing the initial products for the site, it began to feel right and The Temple Wolf began to take shape. I decided that I wanted to appeal to women (sorry guys) who loved trinkets, home decor, jewellery and accessories. The website has been live for a week now. I'm working hard to get it going! Some nights I can't sleep with the excitement of what might be. Others, I lie awake worrying if I've invested time and money for nothing, feeling incredibly overwhelmed and out of my depth. I remember reading a saying to the effect of 'if it's not terrifying you, you're not going fast enough!' I'll keep that in mind at 3am tonight...
*I'll will be adding a new post in the coming days all about the trials and tribulations of coming home after being abroad.