How many ways can I avoid sitting down and filling my pre-paid orders????? I own a home based business making faux-floral wedding bouquets. And some days, especially Mondays, it’s a challenge getting focused. Do you ever feel this way? Hmmm. I can write this blogpost about avoiding my orders! I mean, others must feel this way too so I MUST share it! I can take … Continue reading 10 Ways to AVOID Doing Your Job!
For the first two years of my son life I was a working mom out of the house. I went back to work when my son was 8 weeks old. I will admit I was ready to go back to work, to be my own person, to get dressed up and look professional. I worked from 6am-2:30 Monday through Friday. I was blessed with an … Continue reading Going from a Working Mom to a Stay at Home Mom
I’m learning, in my mid-50’s, that everything is a process. I knew that intellectually all of my life, but NOW I am really getting it! Since beginning my business, Angela’s Artistic Bouquets, I have had to face the reality of process. It hasn’t been easy for me. I am an impatient person. Like many people, I want to see results now! We frequently hear, “Practice makes … Continue reading 3 lessons I learned about building a business
Over the last few months, my business has been very busy. So busy that I have had little time for play. I have recently come to realize that when this happens, I must get back to basics. I must continue to CREATE. I mean make new things, work on new projects. As I fill orders and focus (like I believe someone who owns a business … Continue reading Don’t shirk your business, but fit in PLAY time!
Having just finished a weekend at a craft fair where I sold so much on Friday evening that I was up at 4:30am Saturday to create more, I thought I’d share what I gleaned: You won’t get your hourly worth at a craft fair. People just aren’t going to pay you what you’re worth! Adding $20 to an item to give you your hourly wage … Continue reading 10 Things I learned from Craft Fairs this year.
Feeling discouraged about your business? From what I’ve read and heard, it’s normal. Businesses go through flush times and lean times. And if you’re not where you want to be financially, there can be an added element of fear, despondency, a sense of wanting to give up. So what do you do about feeling discouraged? Here are a few tips I’ve gleaned: Make a list … Continue reading 10 Tips When you feel discouraged with your business
Know how to keep your customers happy? While there are many things you can do, here are “Best tips for happy customers” picks by Becca Souder, customer service extraordinaire! These work especially well in a brick and mortar shop but most can be adapted to online shops as well. SMILE! Keep your attitude light and upbeat. This will make the customer feel the same way. … Continue reading 8 Tips for Happy Customers Part I
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.
My daughter recently asked me, “Do you see yourself as successful?” In my home-based business creating button bouquets, I’ve sold them in 8 countries and all across the U.S. & Canada. Am I successful? I’ve raised three beautiful children who are independent thinkers and productive members of society. Am I successful? Ultimately, the question comes down to, “What does being successful mean to me?” Success … Continue reading How Do You Define Success? Here’s 6 Ways.
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!)