I have become paralyzed by my idea of what my business ought to be. My perfectionist is pushing me to post and blog but it’s also telling me to double check and wait until I know more. This blog is me ripping the Band-Aid off.
What Amazon has created is incredible. I am not able to fully extricate myself from the drug that is Prime, but the horrible gift that 2020 gave me was insight into the role I was playing within my community. When the global supply chain collapsed I had no choice but to reflect on the systems I had supported in the past and whether or not I would continue to support them or begin to throw my financial weight towards fortifying local businesses and systems.
I knew, first-hand, the struggles that craftspeople and artisans were experiencing and I also knew that we weren't likely to go back to the way things had been. So what if there was an alternative that could take the place of in-person markets? The Guild Box is my way of securing the future of the talented Ontarians displaced by conglomerates - I am going to grow a community that celebrates and supports the hard work and creativity of our neighbours.