Time, time, time, see whats become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Just a little shout out to good old Simon and Garfunkel there, but seriously some evenings I sit back and think where did the day go? That is this week’s topic on Flaming Hot….how much time do you spend doing things other than create to run your business?
I seem to spend much more time promoting, blogging, photographing, editing, ordering supplies and listing new beads and jewelry than I do actually making the new beads and jewelry! I would say that for every hour I spend torching I spend at least two doing other bead business related tasks. Some days, I am sure that I spend 3 hours per every hour torching even though I would certainly like the reverse to be true. One day I’ll be more streamlined and less scattered (well I can dream can’t I?), but in reality it takes much more than just making the beads to make the moola and whether we like it or not, to be successful, you have to put in that non-creative time!
I have a little vent here…it’s spam! No, not the kind that jiggles on a plate as a gelatinous shrine to unidentifiable pork bits, but the kind that glogs up my inbox and gets my email account blocked from my service provider. Seriously folks….I don’t need cheap meds, a penis enlargement or nude photos of Britney! I am not stupid enough to click that link for a reeel cheep Rolex! I just need my email to work efficiently and to blast the spammers out of their desk chairs with a cannon barrage of flaming email of which they have never seen the likes! Am I a bit irritated! You betcha!
This week’s topic over on is all about diversification to sell more and boost the bottom line!
I’ll be the first to admit it, that the ability to be more diverse in my sales venues has pretty much been my weakness. I am a serial monogamist when it comes to selling venues. I started off 4 years ago on Ebay, made the jump to JustBeads and now Etsy. I don’t sell locally at any bead shops or boutiques. I don’t do shows with any sort of regularity, unless you count once a year regular. I don’t do home shows. I even have a hard time promoting my own website!
With all those dirty little secrets admitted, I am trying! I am exploring more venues like iCraft and recently was involved in a trunk show locally, with plans to do another one in June. Up until this past year or so, I only did bead sets and focals and didn’t really even make jewelry. Now, I am spending more time making finished, yet affordable pieces that sell and the cha-ching in my paypal account certainly makes me want to find new and better venues in which to sell my work!