8 Steps to Help Fight Procrastination

Maintain a positive attitude about life.  Accept the fact that life can be difficult and problems are inevitable.  Your life then will seem easier because you’re less apt to worry or waste energy complaining about how life “should” be. Define the problem.  You can’t solve a problem until you fully understand it and why you might be avoiding it.  Often we exaggerate problems and find … Continue reading 8 Steps to Help Fight Procrastination

5 Secrets to Being a Good Manager

Being a manager comes naturally to some; for others it’s a learned experience. Perhaps you’ve gotten to the stage in your home-based business where you need to hire help; these tips are a great place to start being a manager others will want to work for! Secrets to being a good manager and getting the best from your staff: The attitude that you come in … Continue reading 5 Secrets to Being a Good Manager

FEAR – 6 Steps to Help you Move Past It.

F.E.A.R – False evidence appearing real. Does fear stop you from reaching your goals, dreams, desires?  Feel the fear and do it anyway.  That is has been my motto as an adult.  That’s how I raised my children. One day I heard my son say, “I hate bridges.”” I didn’t know that.  He had just crossed a huge bridge and I asked him why he did … Continue reading FEAR – 6 Steps to Help you Move Past It.

How to handle shop envy (Or stop comparing yourself to other shops!)

I used to look at other shops making button bouquets and see the number of sales they had and be….slightly depressed. They had more sales – way more sales!  And my bouquets were just as colorful or creative!  Their prices were lower or higher.  I began to wonder about every decision I was making.  Maybe I should increase my prices or decrease my prices or … Continue reading How to handle shop envy (Or stop comparing yourself to other shops!)

A new technique for exploring art. Try it….

If you’re like me, everything you see is a potential craft or art project!  Every scrap of fabric, each piece of yarn – what could I do with that?  What would I do with that?  We save textured paper, tissue paper, buttons, felt – you name it, we’ve got it just waiting for a project!  I find myself scanning through magazines and books and thinking, “Wow!  … Continue reading A new technique for exploring art. Try it….

My secret: The MOST important thing to do today!

Quick!  What’s the one thing today you want to get done for your business? Having a home-based business can be overwhelming.  We are everything – artist, admin, marketing.  And who hasn’t had the experience of frittering away time on the computer?  Here’s my #1 solution – the best idea, the most useful tip, the one that works each day: I ask myself, every morning, “What do … Continue reading My secret: The MOST important thing to do today!

Rejection. It hurts. What can you do?

Fortunately, I haven’t had the rejection experience with craft fairs or bridal shows.  I believe that’s because I have such a unique product.  I create button bouquets: If I created, say, jewelry for a living, there would be so much more competition!  At each show, thoughtful jurors want to create a unique experience for buyers with a wide array of beautiful handmade art in all its … Continue reading Rejection. It hurts. What can you do?

Do your short term goals conflict with long term goals?

Short term goals:  Make 2 button bracelets today.  Make one contact. Return phone calls.  Fill 2 orders and mail out.Long term goals:  Complete my BA in fine arts.  Be a jillionaire within 10 years! Recently, I felt very stressed when my short term goals conflicted with my long term goals.  Which is more important?  Do I work on my short term goals at the expense … Continue reading Do your short term goals conflict with long term goals?

10 Time Management tips for Home Based Businesses

Mary Kay used to say, “The curtains may need to be washed, but not today!”  I regularly remember that as I look around my house during the day and see dishes, laundry, sweeping that needs to be done. What REALLY needs to be done?  My business.  That’s my focus if I am to build a successful home-based business.  I love the Wikipedia definition of time … Continue reading 10 Time Management tips for Home Based Businesses

5 Things I’ve learned from selling online

I’ve been on a huge learning curve since beginning my online business in October 2010.  It was so frustrating in the beginning to have to learn so much. I felt like I need to rush in order to catch up!  Here’s a few insights I’ve learned in the past few months: Building a business is like building a house.  It has to be done one … Continue reading 5 Things I’ve learned from selling online