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Craft Business One Year Milestone: Lessons Learned

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So,  after getting through my 1st year in business as a Crafter, here are a few short lessons I have learned and am sharing with you:

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If something hits, stick with it.  Once I started to gain momentum in a specific area of my craft and I found people who actually appreciated it enough to spend their hard earned dollars, I continued to fine tune and repeat it again and again.

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Listen to the voice within. If there is nothing burning inside about a personal creation or design, chances are others may not desire it either. On the other hand, if you feel strongly about your work, there is probably something within it that may just need minor tweaks and adjustments.

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Appreciate Your Customers, Always. No matter how talented we may think we are, creative, etc., people can choose to purchase from anyone / entity that they desire. They do not have to give us their business, and for that, they deserve the utmost respect and appreciation.  I strive to find new ways to excel in this area because it is very important.

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Excellence Goes A Long Way. Regardless to how simple or intricate one’s style of work may be, it is important to present it in a way that is quality and shows a great deal of effort. Having high standards for my self often keeps my customers satisfied with their items once they have received them. It should be evident that care and pride goes into each product that is made. Sloppiness is a sure way to turn people off and damage a business’  reputation.

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Better to try and make a mistake, than to do nothing at all.  Had I never started posting my products online, I never would have gotten exposure, feedback, support and experience to go to the next level. There comes a point when it is just time to end the procrastination and launch–period. This also applies to new ideas for your business that you have been wanting to try. If you have the time and resources, try it. It’s the only way to know if it will work  for sure.

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As I think of more things, I will be certain to do another update, so be sure to follow this blog.

As always, thanks for checking out my post 🙂

CJ

http://www.theliftjewelryshop.com

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Confessions of A ‘Would Be’ Entreprenuer: NEVER GIVE UP!

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This may sound extremely cliché, but we must never give up!  Let me explain.

If you are anything like me, you have high hopes! I’m not talking about those dreamy imaginative thoughts that we have while in our lucid state of consciousness. No, instead I ‘m talking about tangible efforts that we each apply with those faith-filled thoughts to reach our goals. I call myself a ‘would be’ entrepreneur because like many people, I’m still in route, and  I haven’t quite reached my destination.

Visions of taking our talents to new horizons and allowing them to carry us into places in life that would otherwise be a whimpering notion weigh in the back of our minds.  For you and me my friend, WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP!

Even when it snows in July, and ‘t doesn’t rain in May, we still must persevere.  Even when there is a long-lasting drought after we’ve fertilized our ground, we must press on.

I say this because it is much harder to go against the grain than to go with the flow. After studying many successful entrepreneurs, they all seem to possess a similar characteristic. THEY KEEP ON GOING!

It’s that ‘tunnel vision attribute’ that they seem to innately possess that we must connect with and tap into. Our strength lies in our ability to see victory in advance beyond our current situations.

Instead of remaining  frustrated, let’s remember to give thanks for the big and the small milestones. Let us remember that no matter how hard we think we have it, someone else has it harder. Let us remember to celebrate the small accomplishments, as we keep our eyes on the bigger prize.

Just a few quotes from successful men and women:

Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx Shapewear says it this way, “Failure is not the outcome. Failure is not trying.” Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” William Rosenberg, founder of Dunkin’ Donuts replied, “Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” The list goes on and on.

Every now and again, we ALL need a little encouragement. It’s great to have people around us that believe in us. But awesomeness is when we can dig deep within and find that flicker of hope that refuses to die or fail within our own selves. Until next time, Much Success on your ventures and thank you for reading!

CHOW

CJ @ The Lift Jewelry Shop

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