Depending on how skilled you are with your chosen design software, spending time designing would be good use of the time.
Consider your venting and material storage options.
You have a great adventure waiting for you!
I would recommend using this forum and search function, as there are a bunch of threads that will help you prepare. The folks here are really friendly and very willing to help. But, pretty much anything you need to know is buried in this forum and can be found using the search. Good luck, and be sure to post your first projects here!
@PrintToLaser Thank you for your answer. Software is definitely going to be a learning curve. I have been using cricut design space for years and I am very comfortable with it. I’ve watched several tutorials on transferring the saga files from design space to Inkscape (which I have never used before) and I think it would be easier to just learn a new software. Do you have any newbie recommendations? I will take all the advice I can get.
There are many ways to learn software, you will find a lot of information on YouTube.
One of my favorites is “Logos by Nick”, he has a lot of free content there. He also has a web site - https://logosbynick.com/inkscape/ - and a paid “master class” for $17. I found Inkscape simple and intuitive, so I’ve not purchased his course, but I have referred to several of his free videos at times. If I was new to 2D design, I feel like $17 is a worthwhile investment.
Thank you I’ll take a look at at those as well. I have read a lot about people that use Adobe as their main software for Glowforge. I have done a lot of research on the software but I love the advice from people that have experience using specific software with Glowforge successfully because I have only really used the cricut design space to make svg files.
I find the interface more intuitive than Inkscape, although I did start off using Inkscape. It’s inexpensive, and like @eflyguy said, there’s a generous free trial. I’ve been happy with it, and now do all of my designing in it.
I had never seen Inkscape before buying my Glowforge while there was still a long wait to receiving the machines, so I spent that time digging deep into what the program did and I am still learning some finer points, the basics are not very hard.