Let's discuss a thing nobody talks about- quitting the art (or whatever) career or side hustle you told everyone about but you realize is not working or you just don't like. Sometimes the dream is not what you think it will be. It's ok to quit what is not working. It's ok to take time off to reevaluate, too. But, it also feels embarrassing to quit the thing you started after hyping it to all your friends and family. If you have built up any customer base at all, those people can feel let down as well. Here is where all those "be nice, be brave, be you" inspirational posts actually work! Do not quit by ghosting. You don't want your customers to quit YOU. Quit by being nice, being brave, and being you. Here are some suggested things you can post on your shop page, facebook page, or in an email to your clients:
1. Thank you so much for your support! I am closing the shop while I reevaluate my business goals. In the mean time, please visit (list who to visit) for your needs. [note: list sellers of items similar to yours so your customers are not left hanging and abandoned.]
2. The last few months have been amazing! Thank you for your support. I am closing the shop to pursue some wonderful opportunities. In the mean time, please visit (list who to visit) for your needs.
3. The last few months have been a great learning experience and I could not have done it without your support. I am taking a break to shift my focus and reevaluate. In the mean time, please visit (list who to visit) for your needs. You can also end any post or email with this: If you would like to be notified when my shop re-opens, please let me know.
Be sure to keep YOUR options open. Time away from whatever you are quitting might give you a new perspective for starting again and you want those customers you worked hard for to return. Quit your thing the same way you started it- by being nice, being brave, being you.