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Day 2: Setting Goals for my Biz

Goal setting is something I am not good at. The prospect of setting goals sometimes scares me and distracts me. “What goals should I have? Should they be specific or not” “I can’t work with goals – I’m not a machine.” All this and more runs through my mind each time I try to focus on this aspect.

Before I got married, I often used to feel sad that I didn’t have anyone to talk biz things over with ….but now my hubby is there for me :) I never seem to remember biz things when I talk to him after a long workday so I wrote stuff down and talked to him about it this week. I must say that having talked to him was the best thing that happened all week!! My hubby may not be a crafter, he hasn’t seen Etsy or read craft/ small biz blogs but he is seriously full of common sense :) I’ve got so many ideas from him and by just talking it over, I’m also all raring to go ahead with our plans. I think I should schedule in a weekly/ monthly Biz planning session with hubby for the future!!

That’s reminds me – I bought a cute Flip-flop notebook to write down all my business related thoughts. Having my plans and To-Do lists on paper helps me a lot since my brain is always all over the place :) So I think having a written plan is the best way to go forward.

My High-Level Goals for Siara in 2013

  1. Stock my shop with 60 products by December 2013 at least (Sounds do-able so far…let’s see :p )
  2. Form a system of work for Siara.
  3. Spread the word about my products – reach 200 likes on Facebook.

Handmade Business Tips

In summary, while creating an online shop or starting a handmade business, it is important to:

  1. Keep all business related thoughts in one place -other than on your mind!! Keep a Biz notebook with a section for Shop To-Do Items, Social Media Items, Purchasing and Budgeting, Marketing items and a list of tips that you see from other sellers. It is so easy to forget things if you don’t do this!
  2. Write down some big/ high-level goals that are still achievable and write down the time frame in which it is possible to do them.
  3. Have specific goals like making “X” number of items to sell in 6 months etc…this is better than a vague goal of “making some earrings and maybe bracelets to the shop whenever I have time”.
  4. Keep re-visiting your goals. Writing them down once doesn’t mean you can’t change them or that you have to forget about them. Maybe set a phone alram to help you remember to revisit your goals every month or two.
  5. Break down the bigger goals into smaller action items and schedule them into your time frame. I’ve got atleast one action item for each goal in my weekly To-Do list…..

What about you? Have you set your goals for your shop/ craft biz yet?? Please share them in the comments…

Day 1: Setting Up Shop

At 10.30 last night, I just couldn’t wait any longer. I created 3 listings on It’s Handmade.in – one bracelet, a pair of earrings and a necklace. And with a slight feeling of awe and horror – I took my shop off the Vacation Mode it was on. I think I had an adrenaline pumping experience and my eye balls nearly dropped out of my head with fear as my products started becoming visible to the public on the Recent Activity timeline of the website.

A little flashback – I had made some jewelry in July, pestered my talented brother to photograph them and I had my prices figured out! I had created my shop on It’s Handmade.in in the beginning of July and that was it! I don’t know what happened but it didn’t move forward for a whole month! I think it was/is a combination of fear of rejection, fear of hard work and commitment and just a whole anxiety and how to go forth.

These are my first three items:

I actually have more jewelry made and ready – I still have a lot of things to do before I can put them in my shop – more on that in a later post. I plan to do an official shop launch sometime towards the middle or end of August (here and on FB).

If you want to see more about what I make – please like my Facebook page so that you get all the latest updates.
https://www.facebook.com/StudioSiara

Setting up shop in August

Hello everyone! I haven’t forgotten you – I’ve just been busy with setting up my online jewelry shop (finally!). This has been one of my longstanding dreams and it is finally coming true! Somebody pinch me – I must be dreaming!

I wanted to do something special for my shop launch but I don’t want it to be all about just my products – this is not really about the money for me….Of course I want to make money so that I can buy more pretty beads and supplies but more than the making money – it is the “making” that is closer to my heart.
I have collected many tips over the years while dreaming about opening my own shop, I have read countless blog posts about Etsy success and selling at craft shows. It is finally time for me to put everything into action – that’s what this month is all about for me. I’m dedicating August just for writing about my shop setup, processes, how I work and more. I hope you will stop by and I hope it will encourage you to follow your own handmade dreams.

-Sarah