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Make a resolution to Create!

2016 is my year to find more time to create, be inspired and to live a more creative life.

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With 2015 firmly behind us, I sit here contemplating just where I want to be this time next year.  Sure I want to grow my small business and be in better financial place. I would love to be able to buy a home, a newer car mines 11 years old now. But honestly that’s not what I think about. I think about time to create, time to dream, and time to make. I love what I do with ONE BIG EXCEPTION, and that is what this year’s resolution is all about….

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How to find more time and inspiration to create.

I started my online art supply store with polymer clay lovers in mind, just a couple of years ago and its grown thanks Lindas Art spotto my wonderful customers but it takes all my time, I use to create or do something creative everyday until I started my business and now that gets it the way, sure I really love it. I love chatting and sharing with my customers, finding new cool products, planning for the growth and working on my new e-commerce website. Thats still in the making, LOL
But at what cost my creative time. I can’t even remember the last time I spent a day in my studio, and I really miss it. I dream of things I want to make and products I want to play with.lindas art spot tires pebep

 

So like everyone with a new years resolution I’ve made mine “spend more time creating” but how is just saying it going to make it happen well it’s not, so I’m making a plan. Years ago I had a great boss who had us write down our goals for each new year, not just our work goals but also things we wanted to achieve for ourselves. It’s a process that I have started doing again but with a twist now I make a list of how I plan to accomplish them.

First Start by Setting your Goals

 

My goals look something like this

  1. Be able to take $500. A month in salary.  I know it does not sound like much but right now its $0 so thats a huge improvement!
  2. Get any new products listed on the site within 2 days of  receiving them in stock.
  3. Stay current on business paperwork; process everything the week it is created “No more piles to get to.”
  4. Blog at least once every two weeks. LOL, LOL
  5. Have a SET STUDIO time in my schedule each week.
  6. Teach or attend a class each month.
  7. Find ways to be around other creative people to give and get inspiration.

Now Make a Plan

Now that I have the plan here are a few goals that I have set to help me reach my New Years Resolution to grow my business, while at the same time finding more time to create!

 

  1. Set a schedule for my artist and crafters meetup group, to include creative time. (I’ll share more on this in the future)
  2. Identify tools and implement processes to simplify purchasing, inventory control, and shipping. So far I have found Unify, SOS inventory and QB online.
  3. Hire a virtual assistant to assist in task that can be outsourced, such as updating and adding new products to the website.
  4. Put time to write the blog on my calendar and stick to it!
  5. Hire someone part-time to assist in book keeping.
  6. Starting March 1st. schedule 2-4 hours of studio time per week in the studio
  7. Contact the local university to source interns to help with photographing, and editing product images as well as video tutorials.

Well with all that in place I’m ready to take on this new and exciting year. Wish me luck! I’ll be sure to keep you posted. I’d love to hear what your Creative Resolutions are. Be sure to share them with me on facebook  and maybe with any luck my new website will get finished and you can chat in the new creative community! LOL, ok well I’m full of dreams. Hope to see you living a creative life in 2016.

Happy Creating!

Linda

What all top Etsy sellers have in common.

When reading this blog post by Terri Belford I decided it would be perfect to add to my blog. Terri is committed to helping YOU create meaning, money and community while making a better world. She what she had to share about what Etsy entrepreneurs have in common.

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Do you dream of starting a business and then spending your days hanging out in a hammock sipping tropical drinks while the money comes in?
Do you still believe in the get-rich quick-with-passive-income theory?

If so, you probably ought to stick with that day job. Yes, I really said that. I, Terri Belford, self-employment advocate, told you to chuck your entrepreneurial dreams and stay in that cubicle IF you don’t want to work like crazy, sometimes double duty in order to build a profitable business.
As I interviewed top Etsy seller who truly make a living selling their creative work, one thing they all had in common is that they treated it like a business. Even those who worked a day job while they built up their business put full-time effort into their own business. They worked mornings before work, evenings when they got home and on weekends. They wanted so desperately to succeed that they approached it like they meant business and it became a viable business.
Particular in the early stage, you’ve got to put in the hours. There is no other way to succeed. The people who have replaced and even surpassed their job-income work full-time at their business. Yes, they have the option of working where they want and when they want. If they have a portable craft, they may go to the coffee shop or the beach to create or to spend time online marketing. If they want to take time off during the day for a walk or to join their kids on a field trip, they put in time in the evenings.
They also all devote time regularly to marketing. Some have a partner and one is the creator, the other the marketer but they market their business like a business which is why it becomes a business.

I’m not saying you won’t ever make money in your sleep. You absolutely can and will if you put in the time and energy in the beginning. Once you’ve created products there are many ways to leverage, to make something once and sell it over and over.
Once you’ve done the hard work and your business is thriving, you can absolutely take time off and go hang out in that hammock.
First, though, you’ve got to work like you mean business to create a profitable business.

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If you liked this you can read more from Terri at www.inspiredlivelihood.com, or just stay tuned I’ll be sharing some of great idea’s.