Thursday, April 28, 2016

Days 11-17

So...I have epicly failed at doing this blog daily.

Last Thursday I woke up in a panic about the new job. Everything in the universe told me it was a BAD IDEA to I told them it wasn't a good fit.

My poor kitty Legolas needed to go to the vet. Baby has lost 6lbs in the past several months. That is 1/3 his body weight so I have been quite vigilant about keeping an eye on him.

Anywho...I have been working my tail off trying to mass produce but creatively style my clothing. I have made a dozen summer tops, crochet a couple of "booby" tops for my daughter. Done a photo shoot and spent HOURS, I mean HOURS trying to decide on venues to sell my clothing at.

It is really stressful trying to decide if doing a farmers market will be financially beneficial or if I should skip it and do the more expensive "one and done" weekend festivals.

There are definite pros and cons to each. Doing farmers markets, I can build the long term relationships with my customers and they will think of me when they need an awesome unique gift of something fun to wear. The problem is, the time commitment to building that relationship. It is definitely worth building, however, can I afford to lose 10 hours plus per week doing a couple of farmers markets with the hopes to build some sales down the road?

Doing festivals...well, I have done those before. Some were great and some were a big ol' goose egg. The good ones, I made close to $1000 in a weekend, however, I spent weeks making everything so in the grand scheme of things, it wasn't that awesome of a take, but it was 3 days lost until the next one so it seemed to work well.

Need to do more thinking on this.

Here are a few pics from my photoshoot!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Day 9 and 10

Well, a week ago I was so GUNG HO to get my design business up, running, and kicking butt. I still am. However, I did the "right thing" and took a full time job so that I can continue to pay my rent etc. I am really kicking myself for doing that.

I really think that part of my problem with this new job is that I have spent so much time working on and organizing my own business, doing life coaching for other businesses, etc that my expectation of a professional medical service business is rather high. For a medical service business, I think it SHOULD be high.

The office is a mess. Stuff left from several months ago and no way to know how to resolve it. I am being trained by someone who has been there less than 2 months and has barely a working knowledge of how to use the software. The owners have some "interesting" work practices that I am still unsure of.

I am so stressed out when I get home because after 2 days of doing this job, I don't know anything more about how to do my job than I did going in Monday morning. That doesn't really work for me.

I want to sew. Crochet. Coach. Create.

I have been working on some really cool crochet tops on my lunch breaks so there's that.

In the end, all entrepreneurs need to measure what is going to help them succeed in the short term and the long term. This includes working for someone else while growing our own little "corner office". The jury is still out if this new job will benefit me in the end.

One day at a time.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Day 8

I woke up needing to change my branding. I didn't think it really expressed the FUN designs I am creating. While, in the end, I spent 4 hours looking for a new design, I decided to just update the one I designed myself and make it more colorful AND add a better tagline.

What do you think??

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Day 7

I finally designed a completely backed top due to it being a popular request.

To be completely honest, I hate making backed tops, but I understand why some people might want them. Not everyone is at peace with their "love handles" on their backs.

I will be making more or possibly be offering it as an option for an additional amount. As long as I can keep making the tops I love to make, I will take care of my peeps.

Now, On to making more awesome tops!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Day six

I love this sugar skull top. I might have to keep it...or make another one, or both!

I love the bright and vibrant colors of the fabrics that are out now. So fun and happy making.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Day 4 and 5

Some days it is just NOT easy to be an entrepreneur.

There are days that the sense of doubt comes in and tries to take over. Should I be an online superstar designer or should I just get a corporate day job, where I am at least bringing in a steady paycheck?

Some days I know what I want and need to do and then the "practical" side chimes in and always throws a monkey wrench into the works.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Day Three: No Sewing :(

Today was not a business day. I intend every day to be a business day but...I drove down and met a few friends from my old day job for lunch and visited. The plus side to the 45 minute drive one way is that I got to listen to my favorite audio book on my way down, Crush it, by Gary Vaynerchuk. He has such a great energy when he speaks, it is really infectious in the best way possible.

On my way home from lunch, though, I decided that I needed to organize what my production days need to look like. I created these. Each column is a work day expectation list.(See pic). These are just the first draft. They will be modified as I am able to better measure how long each item takes me and I need to figure out a crochet day. I have some really cute things to crochet but honestly, the amount of fabric I have in my house, makes sewing a bigger priority.

So, how I am going to use these lists:
They will of course be cut into 4 different lists.

On my Google Calendar, I will decide when my work day will begin and schedule my whole day to say "Shirt Day" or whichever day I need it to be. I will decide what time my day will begin and set an alarm to go off one hour before that so I can wake up. Eat breakfast, etc.

The idea behind these lists is if I get a ton of shirts done today and tomorrow is supposed to be Photo Day but my model is sick, I can schedule it to be Skirt Day instead and move Photo Day to another day in the week.My productivity does not stop because of little obstacles in the road.

Another thing that I will be doing is having a chime go off every 30 minutes. There are different meditation apps that you can set how often it goes off. Having the timer go off every 30 minutes helps me to keep on track. It will help me figure out EXACTLY how much time it takes for me to create a top and keeps me on task. It can be reset when I start each top, take a break to eat (Imagine that? Taking a break to eat?)

By setting up this guideline for myself, it is easier to hold myself accountable for what I need to get done every day. Without holding myself to some expectation, I might just watch Firefly all day and maybe just get one top done, if I am lucky. 

I am going to push myself to be as productive as I can be. I can sell what I haven't finished putting together.