Me & Small Business
Some of you already will know this about me, and some of you won't. I'm always reading and learning about small business. It really makes my eyes light up.... I get very excited and passionate when I'm talking about business marketing, ideas, inventions, design, colours, filing and system. Financials are my least exciting part of having my own business, but I can even get excited about that sometimes too. (Small business also makes me cry too, we can talk about that another day... hahhahha).
I am going to be sharing a lot more of what I'm reading and learning. Yes I design stationery and paper goods and I love that. I also really love being an entrepreneur, boss lady, girl boss, woman in business, CEO, business captain, boss of everything...... and I want to share this stuff so that I can talk to other people that are into it like me. I do not care what you do, I just want to talk turkey about businessy type things!
I AM NO EXPERT. derrrr. I'm not going to pretend that I know and do everything perfectly - I'm sooooo not, that is WHY I am reading and learning about this stuff all time. I am constantly trying to work on my business so that I make more money or have more time off or get the types of jobs that I want and be PAID to do that. If I'm honest, I have always had people asking me for advice or helped people and friends with their business..... now that I don't have a shop and I'm a hermit and mostly working from home, I feel like I still need to be with people who are into the same things as me. I need to scratch that itch.
Because I design and sell stationery, I have felt like that this is the only thing that I should be talking about.
This is not true.
It's not true at all.
Forehead slap. smile. REALISATION. I can make beautiful stunning stationery AND talk about design, colours, styling and business. I can. I am the boss and I make the rules! And I'm dying to be around people that love talking about that stuff too.
I am listening to an audio book by Gary Vaynerchuk "Crush It" at the moment. He is awesome. One of the biggest takeaways from listening to his book at the moment, is working with my DNA - who I am and what makes me, ME. He talks about working with your passion, the thing that makes you (what I call it) LIGHT UP.
Okay, so finally I get the part of sharing what I just read. Abby Glassenberg wrote an article in 2012, it's titled "Make it Rain: How to drum up business when you're a one person show". She relays a story about how she asked her now husband out. It's one of the best analogy's I've had for a while. I've only recently signed up for her newsletters, and now I'm excited to read more. Read the article and come back hereRead it HERE.
So what did you think? Did anything click with you?
My Take Away
- If I don't ask or take a risk, nothing will happen. If I want to sell my products in a particular shop, and I know that they will sell well there, then ask the right person in the right way. Don't wait to be chosen, don't sit at home HOPING. Work out what the steps are to make it happen. Take Action.
- Just because I design and sell beautiful stationery doesn't mean that I can't share and talk about my other passions, design, colours, interior design & small business.
Talk to me, send me an email, I will email you back. I love responding and hearing what you have to say. I want to talk to someone about this.... I'm dying to talk to someone about this! :)