December 13, 2010

New Years Resolution...

newest earring design

I'm crazy right? Christmas is not even here yet, and here I go spouting off about the new year and whatever it is that I plan to resolve.
It's a symptom of my new found businesswoman status.
I've spent the last few months playing catch-up, and figuring out the hard know how it goes. The short of it is, that my early entrepreneurial experiences have motivated me to a more proactive mindset. Measurable results of that mindset have yet to be achieved of course. But, hey, you gotta start somewhere.
You see, I am definitely a seat of the pants kinda girl. I thrive in the moment, and shine at the last minute. I find myself immensely frustrating sometimes.... but that is a whole other blog post. I have been learning to appreciate this side of myself in some ways, but in the realm of well strategized business plans, I tend to stress myself out and wait until 6 hrs before a craft show to try and pull it all together. I think I get a few extra gray hairs every show I do lol!
The new plan for the new year, is to give myself the rest of December to enjoy making holiday gifts, while filling orders on etsy of course. My guess is that the online shopping season is nearing it's end anyway. In the new year, I plan to make one item a day, for the month of January, and I'll start by restocking things that are listed in the shop. After holiday shows, at this point I could potentially be left with an empty shop so I have been leaving things listed that are easy to replicate and turn around quickly, like the snowflake earrings. Anyway, after two months of this behavior, I think less than half of what I have in the shop is actually made at this very moment, and if I plan to grow my business, I could easily get myself in trouble by not having ordered items available in a reasonable time I will fix that forthwith after the first of the year. And I will ask you all to help keep me motivated and accountable....because it's always much more fun to make what I WANT to make instead of what needs to be made lol! So, with eyes on the prize of being well stocked and prepared for farmers market season, I will begin the new year.


Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

To me, one of the benefits of having an Etsy shop is that you can list one-of-a-kind items and not be pressured into mass-producing a particular item. I have absolutely no desire to start up a business, but if I did, I would make what I felt inspired to make and list those items for sale. I know me... as soon as I have to make something, I lose interest!

Do what works for you! I'll be following your business venture with interest!

BSOTF said...

You are right it's best to give yourself plenty of time to make things that you need to make for your orders. Plus you are right that it is alot of fun making what you want too. I wish you good luck with your business & keeping to your resolution for the New Year of 2011!
But for me, I'm going to enjoy the rest of this year so I can wish you a very Merry Christmas & a wonderful New Year!

Sharon said...

Sounds like a good plan.
Make sure to make time for yourself and the family. Little ones grow up soooo fast!

Miranda said...

I think it's great that you are moving so much product! It shows that you have both a strong sense of design and a dedication to quality tatting.

If it were me, I would just list items as you make them. That way, you could do as Diane says, and make what you want without feeling pressured to make things because you "have" to.

Mrs. Miles said...

Hi Mrs. Krystle D!

I am hoping you had a wonderful Christmas and even got some time to rest and relax too. We were away over the holiday, thus I did not get to visit you here so much.

LOVE your purdy earrings, what, do you dream tatting in your sleep? I know with my digi-designing I think of new ideas in the middle of the night.

Speaking of, if you EVER would like any of my graphics, they are yours for the asking! :) If you ever need a custom graphic too, to help you with your business you just say the word. Thats my way of saying Merry Christmas and wishing you the BEST year ever for 2011.

♥ Barb

The Chung Family said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Can't wait to see what creations you will come up with in 2011!!