Enjoying The Journey

Welcome to “The Beauty is in the Blooming Blog Tour”

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Awesome Picture Created By Melissa @ Print Therapy

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
― Bill Watterson

 

Melissa Wert at Print Therapy wrote a wonderful blog post recently about enjoying the day to day journey and process of life.  We are so consumed by how much better life will be once we reach our goals that we never appreciate the steps we take to get there.  She summed it up very eloquently: “The Beauty is in the Blooming”.  Her beautiful words inspired me to create this free printable for you (I have it hung in my office):

 

 

The Beauty is in the Blooming

 

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Since starting my creative business I have definitely noticed a shift in my priorities and that needs to change.  I taught myself to crochet, began creating some awesome stuff and decided I wanted to turn my hobby into a business.  It is something I enjoy and do well.  Once you make the leap to creating a business everything changes!  I can’t tell you how much time I spend reading and learning about creating a successful creative business.  On top of that I have to set goals, market, promote, and connect with others.  I spend much less time actually creating my items than I do selling them.  (I really do love the business side though).  I am so focused on having a successful shop and blog that I forget how much I love crocheting and writing.  From now on I am going to stop and enjoy each step of the journey!

Please remember to stop in over at Melissa’s blog and read her wonderful post (I know you’ll love it)

 

Are you rushing towards the finish line?  Do you wish you were enjoying the journey more?  How can we make sure that the joy of our hobbies doesn’t get lost in the pursuit for success?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business Book Review

Book Review: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business

If you are anything like me you are one of the millions of people watching Shark Tank.  Some people watch for the arguments and fighting between the Sharks, some watch for the entrepreneurs who fall on their faces and others (like myself) watch because we are entrepreneurs who love all things business. Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business combines the tv show we love with actually business advice.

I was very excited when I saw that there was a book based around Shark Tank that discussed the process of starting a business instead of just a biography of the Sharks.  Since I am incredibly busy (school, work, and my side businesses) I am obsessed with audio books.  I can be learning and growing while driving, cleaning, working, etc… After reading reviews of the Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business I was skeptical.  The reviews from Amazon and Itunes were not great.  Most people said if you knew anything about business than this book was not for you.  I couldn’t disagree more.  I believe I know more about small business startup than the average person (through experience, learning, and researching) and I really enjoyed the book.

Throughout you will find “Shark Bites” which are quotes from the Sharks themselves.  The book takes you through a startup (product or service) from the idea to marketing and growing.  They even spend time talking about franchises, both the pros and cons and how they differ. As someone who loves all things business and is also a huge fan of Shark Tank I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being an entrepreneur or already has a small business and needs some advice or just wants to learn.

 

Have you read Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business?  What did you think?  What other business or Shark Tank books are you reading?

10 Resources for Etsy Sellers

http://happycoupleshop.com/I have spent the last few months learning everything I can about running a small business and specifically an Etsy shop.  I am a new Etsy shop owner and I make crocheted items and you can visit it here.  I never could have dreamed how much information there is out there and how much there is to learn.  I made this list to compile some of my favorite resources in one place for anyone out there who is looking for the same information I was.  All of the links and articles included come from websites that are full of great articles and information.  I included them because they are informative, helpful, and going to the article will lead you to even more help.

7 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Etsy Shop:  This article simplifies how to use the world of social media to your advantage in a specific way.  There is a really interesting 5-10-5 rule that will help you allot your time online efficiently and give you a more solid promotional plan.

Planning for Positivity in 2014: There are some great free printables included here but overall it is a very helpful post on goal setting for your business.  There are some ideas on goals to get you thinking and a great goal setting system.

Starting an Etsy Shop: 8 articles you must read when setting up your shop.  This post includes a ton of great resources and will help direct you to where all of the great information is on the internet.

20 Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Etsy Shop:  These ideas are very creative and again there are very specific ideas to help boost your sales.

Handmade Success: This is a great overall website including many resources and articles for all things Etsy.  It also includes resources for blogging and crafting.

Ready for Etsy Success?: Straight from the Etsy Seller’s Handbook this is another goal setting blog.  Having goals is so important so you know where your shop is going and can plan how to get there effectively.

Selling Handmade: Packaging Your Etsy Product: Often overlooked in the selling process, packaging is an important way of leaving a lasting impression with your customers.

Etsy Success: 4 Things to Do Now: Not only are there links to other articles here, there is a simple list of how to get great sales!  This is also a blog straight from an Etsy team of sellers who know what they are talking about.

Back to Work: Tips to Improve Your Etsy Business: This is a great article for a brand new seller or someone who wants to take their business to the next level.  It focuses on the basics that you may be neglecting and includes other things you may not have thought of at all.

10 Tasks To Do in the Quiet Months: Every seller has a slow period and instead of panicking this post gives some insight into how you can use the down time to your advantage.

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