You Tube has so many great tutorials, you will find everything from very beginner to a little advanced. Just surf and have fun, mostly everyone is teaching the same basic thing but you find little hacks and tricks and differences in style.
When I first started my intention was to make one baby for a friend, that was it, she offered to pay for the kit, the supplies etc. I was ambivalent and it seemed like a lot of work for a doll but it was fun doing the research and learning. I think I stayed up late for a week just watching tutorials.
I invested after the first baby because:
a. I wanted to make another baby and felt I had to rationalize it, and the way I did that was to tell myself I could sell it (and I did).
b. Because I tend to be over the top all or nothing…(not always but sometimes).
c. I really like the reborn community and wanted to be a part of it.
That being said the following week I set up a website, got a paypal account, ordered business cards and three sale kits from BB. I was determined to start a business straight out of the gate. (thats the way I roll I am crazy like that).
I knew I wouldn’t get rich, or even pay my bills by selling babies, I just thought I could earn a little extra money in between work projects.
…if I did this all day everyday and didn’t have anything else to do I could make it a real job if I included a You tube channel and did doll shows but I can’t I have a little kid, two big kids, work, a house, a life (sorta). So it really has turned into a side hustle that pays for the reborn crap I buy (sometimes).
Who knows maybe I will do this full time next year when the little is in all day school…that would be fun but it could get boring.
Go slow, buy a few cheap kits, a basic starter kit and have fun. If you feel like your skills are improving and you want to start selling go to Reborns.com they are a good place to sell your first babies and the fees are reasonable, Dave is really nice, the ladies there are wonderful.
Don’t start selling customs right away, you have to make a lot of babies before you can make a lot of promises, just my opinion. You need to get your feet wet a little and figure out what your style is and let people find you.
We see a lot of newbies offering customs but they don’t have the work to show for it, some use other artists photos…it is not fair to our clients, this is a small community and what one person does down the road impacts us all.
There seems to be a good reborn community in the UK, Spain, and Eastern Europe. I am not sure how readily supplies can be found where you are? Does BB offer a discount on larger orders? I am thinking it might be easier later down the road to pay import taxes once? (no idea about this).
My experience has been to just make babies I like and hope other people will like them too. Work at your own pace, set good bounderies (some clients will be as demanding as you let them be) be honest, very honest in your marketing. Collectors don’t mind new artists if the price is right and they see promise. I would rather make someone really happy than disappointed.
Remember this is suppose to be fun, its art and babies, and women, and kids…it can get a little heavy if you let it.
Sorry for such a wordy reply, I tend to be a little overgenerous with my opinions (not always a good thing).
Welcome and happy baby making!