Monday, September 24, 2007

Calligraphy Services

Several years ago, I discovered quite by accident that I have a modest talent for calligraphy. I wanted my wedding invitations to look nice, so I figured out a style that looked elegant to my eye and addressed all of them. That was in 1997, and since then I have done the invitations for various family members, including my brother-in-law and then my sister. They all encouraged me to start a little business for extra money, so when the opportunity arose, I took it and collected the first payment for my work.

I have been hired by several people in the past few years, but it's always been because I was in the right place at the right time, rather than good marketing. I recently fell into another opportunity, and not for the first time wished that I had a business card to include with the finished product. So, I went to the store and bought a business card printing kit and then got so excited by the results that I decided to create a web page.

I figured the easiest way for people to see samples of my work and to compare pricing was to put it on the internet. The sample page of the website is still under construction (because I have been too lazy to walk into the other room to scan a handwriting sample), but the rest of the website is more or less complete. I still need to figure out how to put a Paypal link on the site, but otherwise, I'm done.

So, if you are interested, click here to go to my website. I would love to hear your comments (good or bad), particularly from those of you who have small businesses. This is completely new territory for me and I don't want to inadvertently put something out there that is offensive or difficult to understand.


Sue @ praise & coffee said...

I think it's coming along beautifully! I look forward to seeing your samples.


Heather C said...

It looks GREAT! And you got paypal to work! Way to go, you!

Alana said...

I think it looks really good!

My husband is a graphic designer and I have a pretty good eye for that stuff. You could probably tweak a few things, but overall, I think it looks really nice and was simple and user friendly.

The bottom line is that you want to have all the information needed, but not overwhelm. Plus, you want it to look nice. I think you've done both!

Joyce said...

I see that you enjoy creating. My daughter likes to create and is on a blog team with people like her. They sell their creations on a web site called etsy. Here is the site:
My daughter would not use it if it was not on the up and up.