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3 Small Business Tips from CEO Melissa Helmbrecht

Jun 17, 2011

by daniellexo

Amy_Schroeder_Stripes.jpgSerial entrepreneur Melissa Helmbrecht has earned dozens of humanitarian awards (many before she turned 18), is one of the youngest women to run for a U.S. House of Representatives seat, and grew a startup with two volunteers into a global organization with 100-plus strategic partners and 650,000 youth participants — all in less than a year.

Not bad for someone who flunked ninth and tenth grades.

With her latest endeavor, Splashlife.com, Melissa is building a community site that’s like the AARP for people under 30. Splashlife aims to serve as a resource and advocacy group for the rising generation of 75 million young Americans. Helmbrecht is one of 30 speakers at the DIY Business Association Conference in Brooklyn, NY on June 26, alongside Modcloth co-founder Susan Gregg Koger, Etsy Education Coordinator Danielle Maveal, and Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney.

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Melissa and friends.

If you register for the conference before June 19, 2011, you’ll get the opportunity to enter Splashlife’s $1,000 “Best Idea” grant contest. And, best of all, if you enter “Etsy” during the final step of registration, you’ll save $14.

Today Helmbrecht shares three tips to take your Etsy business to the next level. First up is a little tough love, followed by the fun stuff.

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1. Do what you don’t feel like doing.

No one can match the love and passion Etsy sellers exude for the products they create. When I started my business, I spent most of my time focused on the aspects of my company that I truly loved and neglected the aspects that seemed boring or mundane. For example, I enjoyed meeting with people and talking about my idea. I hated locking myself in a room for hours to write a business plan. The result? I spent a year having great meetings without any plan to move forward. The first and most important thing every entreprenuer needs to do is to set aside time each day to focus on the aspects of building a business that aren’t any fun. Simply put, you must force yourself to do the things you don’t want to do.

It becomes even more difficult to develop this discipline when you’ve spent all night tossing and turning with a new product idea. You can develop all the products you want, but if you don’t spend some time planning, learning about your industry, networking, or any of the other critically important aspects of building your business, your business won’t grow.

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2. Blog and network

Market yourself and your craft by offering advice online in the form of a blog. Through a blog, you can build an audience that connects with you on a personal level. A blog provides a way to share what you love, express yourself, and connect with a broader audience. My company’s first website contained only a single sentence, my biography, and an email address.

A couple of months after I launched the website, I received a one-sentence email that said, “Please send more information.” After researching the person who sent it, I realized it was a well-known business icon who invests in start-up companies. Through dumb luck or serendipity, I had landed one of my first and most important business advisers. Put yourself out there so people can find you.

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3. Teach others

One of my good friends is an avid crafter. She makes original greeting cards, wedding invitations, stationery, etc. What started as a hobby has become a full-time career. One of the smartest things she’s done is hold workshops to teach others how to create their own personal cards and stationery. People flock to her classes, and she’s able to earn a living by talking about what she loves to do most. Charge people a fee for the lessons you offer. Let your workshops provide you with the income you need to do more of what you love.

 

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Speaking of workshops, don’t forget to check out the DIY Business Association Conference on June 26th in Brooklyn!

541 comments

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago

    Wonderful post! Great tips! Thanks!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Great post ! Merci beaucoup !

  • followingfireflies

    followingfireflies said 8 years ago

    inspiring and good advice. thank you

  • animalcracker

    animalcracker said 8 years ago

    Some things to think about and act on! Thanks.

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat said 8 years ago

    Really great advice...much needed! Congrats on your success due to your drive & passions at such a young age. You are really inspirational!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 8 years ago

    Great info - thank you.

  • Dragonflyaccesorios

    Dragonflyaccesorios said 8 years ago

    Muchas gracias!! Very useful.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    "Through dumb luck or serendipity"...I love it!! Your advise is so true - you need to be in it to win it for lack of a better phrase. ...If you have the time, I could tell you stories about "dumb luck or serendipity"...my husband things that I have the best luck in the word. He's partly right. Through working hard & putting myself out there - like you have - the Universe opens up it's flood gates, and the possibilities are endless. Have an amazing weekend! Thank you for sharing. xo, MJ

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 8 years ago

    Wow, how inspiring! And thank you for the tips!

  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 8 years ago

    I love that #1 is do what you don't want to do. Even though it is extremely difficult, especially when fresh creative energy makes you want to throw everything down and ride the wave, I am a big proponent of delaying gratification. When all the dreaded tasks are crossed off your "to do" list, it makes it that much more liberating and exhilarating and joyful when you get to do the parts you really want to do. Love the simplicity of this list. Thank you so much for inspiring advice!

  • aynart

    aynart said 8 years ago

    hooray and thanks!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 8 years ago

    thank you, perfect advise for me this morning.

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 8 years ago

    Really great advice! Thank you so much! :)

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    Great tip! Thanks :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    What is this business plan you speak of? Yeah, yeah - I know. (hangs head) But I'm told if I actually have a plan I could be dangerous. Thanks for the tips and the kick in the pants.

  • thriftstore

    thriftstore said 8 years ago

    I love this feature!! Thank you!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing!

  • purUrthtopia

    purUrthtopia said 8 years ago

    SO INSPIRING! Thank you, I needed every word you have written! I am getting the nerve up to actually list something for sell...and this post is just what I needed to help ground me and move me forward. =) Thank you again, Blessings to you.

  • MussyandBirds

    MussyandBirds said 8 years ago

    ....the dreaded business plan :) Great advice. Thank you.

  • TheTanFin

    TheTanFin said 8 years ago

    Very straight to the point! I appreciate that. Teach! One of the best things any of us can do in any profession!

  • pleimanc

    pleimanc said 8 years ago

    Believe it or not I'm going to apply this to my soup kitchen plan - Thank you so much for posting this!

  • girlsatplay

    girlsatplay said 8 years ago

    Sounds like alot of it has to do with being in the right place at the right time. So. . .we need to get our product/selves "out & about" so we are at the right place when we need to be! Great attitude and advice! Thanks~

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 8 years ago

    Your story is really inspiring, Michelle. You were able to accomplish so much before you were 18. That's great! That's how old I am, so it's encouraging that even when you're young you can startup a business. Thanks for the great tips!

  • OnASundayAfternoon

    OnASundayAfternoon said 8 years ago

    Great advice, and inspiring story!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Great tips, you can't really put off things you dont want to do forever... they're always there in the background looming and it just gets worse the longer you leave it!

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I'll spend a part of today in planning my blog ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Just do it.

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Loved the article.

  • amberike

    amberike said 8 years ago

    Great info. Gotta try this blog thing one day!

  • dragonfly1

    dragonfly1 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful article!

  • funkyjunkyart

    funkyjunkyart said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your advice!! You are inspiring!!

  • LynnsMix

    LynnsMix said 8 years ago

    Love it! This girl is Amazing BTW!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 8 years ago

    wow that girl is going far! blessings

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    blog and network. that's the step i need to focus on. i know i need to promote online for an online business but i'd rather be outside having fun or shopping ;) thanks for the great tips!!!!

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 8 years ago

    Great info... Thanks for sharing!

  • MilwaukeeBlacksmith

    MilwaukeeBlacksmith said 8 years ago

    Love it. Thanks!

  • ivision

    ivision said 8 years ago

    thanks :)

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 8 years ago

    this is what I love about etsy...the great advice and the sharing that comes from other etsians.............thanks

  • daisypatchdesigns

    daisypatchdesigns said 8 years ago

    Do what you don't feel like doing...So true. I think being part of Etsy teams also helps to have others to share with. Great tips!

  • booksygirl

    booksygirl said 8 years ago

    good stuff! thanks for sharing your insight. :)

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 8 years ago

    Good for you Melissa! Thanks for sharing for us.

  • AngelLeighDesigns

    AngelLeighDesigns said 8 years ago

    plan, blog, teach. I can do that. Except maybe for the planning. Let me think about that. thank you thank you thank you!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Great tips!!!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    It's so easy to get distracted by not only creating, but all of the other bumps in the road. If you have a plan, which doesn't mean it's written in stone, it helps you get back on track. It also provides the map when you aren't feeling so creative!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    great advice. i agree, running a successful business means doing tasks you may not like or want to do. it's not all about the production, but also about marketing.

  • SprightlyandCo

    SprightlyandCo said 8 years ago

    Thank you Melissa:)

  • janethillstudio

    janethillstudio said 8 years ago

    I went the business plan route once and that business ended up going bankrupt. Now I just go with my gut instinct and let things evolve naturally and have had much more success. It's hard to say if planning is always the best path. I think sometimes you can get so focused on the 'plan' that you ignore possible opportunities that pop up along the way.

  • SprightlyandCo

    SprightlyandCo said 8 years ago

    I need an adviser so much! I am determined to be successful, but am starting out so small:) If anyone who has been successful on etsy has any advice or would want to help me build my business, please contact me:)

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 8 years ago

    Great advise, and an amazing woman! Thanks!

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek said 8 years ago

    I just checked out the site - I love it!

  • Kiramic

    Kiramic said 8 years ago

    very interesting, thanks for that!

  • bagzetoile

    bagzetoile said 8 years ago

    Yes, sometimes we need a prompt to enable us to see the bigger picture. Thanks!

  • SewnAge

    SewnAge said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this Melissa. You are a great example to us all. Okay, blog and network, blog and network...

  • PartsForYourArt

    PartsForYourArt said 8 years ago

    great article. Thanks!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Melissa, you must be psychic because you just told me what I really needed to hear---do what you don't feel like doing! You are SO right. Thank you for the tough love!

  • lilasfashionjoint

    lilasfashionjoint said 8 years ago

    Thank you Melissa:)

  • FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn said 8 years ago

    I love #3. I too have a friend who floats her business during the slow winter months with chock full classes. GENIUS!

  • FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn said 8 years ago

    I love #3. I too have a friend who floats her business during the slow winter months with chock full classes. GENIUS!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Helpful thoughts, Thanks!

  • TheTerrariumShop

    TheTerrariumShop said 8 years ago

    Such great advice, thank you!

  • breedingfancy

    breedingfancy said 8 years ago

    Great article; thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  • ThePickledPossum

    ThePickledPossum said 8 years ago

    You are so smart! I always love to learn from anyone, young or old!

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I need to start working on the first tip.

  • GrandeAnimales

    GrandeAnimales said 8 years ago

    I love that first tip!!! Have to crack the whip!

  • LittleMissCards

    LittleMissCards said 8 years ago

    Wow! She's a really impressive woman. Great article.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 8 years ago

    Fab tips!

  • LOVEnLAVISH

    LOVEnLAVISH said 8 years ago

    Great ideas,thanks for the great article.

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 8 years ago

    I spent 4 long years of my adult life doing a job I hated. Now I work twice as hard, much longer hours, but I love what I do. Now to line up my love w/a matching income. THAT would perfect. It sounds like we need a business class--but I want one for artists, who can make it playful & not scary. Someone who's very grounded, intuitive, smart but funny too! It HAS to be light hearted & spirited or I won't go. If it is all those things though, I know I will work twice as hard & bring myself up to match my love of art, vintage, creating, living with good finances. :-) Dear universe, send us this teacher--& we will follow! dahlila xo

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 8 years ago

    #1 is sooooo true! After a year of putting off all the nitty gritty of book keeping the first year I started, I got my behind handed to me when I went to figure out my taxes. Now, it's the one thing I always force myself to do and it's so worth it.

  • elisemahan

    elisemahan said 8 years ago

    this is incredibly helpful thank you so much!

  • nanaandneanies

    nanaandneanies said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Thankyou

  • graceandfavourshop

    graceandfavourshop said 8 years ago

    No. 1 is the piece of advice that resonates most with me - I look around at all the lovely things I've made but know if I don't plan to get them seen and help people find my business then they won't sell! Yet the longer I leave the bits I don't want to do, the bigger the fear of the task - until the fear is more of a problem than doing the work! Reading this advice reminded me of great Spanish (?) proverb, I read once - 'Eat a live frog every day before breakfast' - get the horrible things out of the way as quickly as possible and everything else about your day will be better by comparison! Now, excuse me - my frog is calling... ax

  • BabassuForYou

    BabassuForYou said 8 years ago

    This was really good. See you

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Nice.

  • ReinventYOURself

    ReinventYOURself said 8 years ago

    Very helpful, Thanks!

  • yarnamania

    yarnamania said 8 years ago

    Great advice luv it , I

  • yarnamania

    yarnamania said 8 years ago

    Great advice , I know that the tips will be extremely useful in the future!!!! Luv it

  • DaniiElla

    DaniiElla said 8 years ago

    Thanks!

  • yarnamania

    yarnamania said 8 years ago

    Great advice , I know that the tips will be extremely useful in the future!!!! Luv it

  • KwestStudio8

    KwestStudio8 said 8 years ago

    So simple! Why do I try to make it more complicated than it needs to be in order to make it work?!!! Thanks for the reminder to KISS!!! K

  • wowwear

    wowwear said 8 years ago

    love your style - thank you!!

  • RetroStash

    RetroStash said 8 years ago

    This was a great read,you go girl :)

  • StarrShinePottery

    StarrShinePottery said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the boost! The icky stuff always takes a back seat, and it is necessary.....great advice!

  • TonysWoodworking

    TonysWoodworking said 8 years ago

    Great Advice. Being new to Etsy, I can use all the help I can get.

  • LaceNSneakers

    LaceNSneakers said 8 years ago

    Thank you. Your advice is simple (like getting back to the basics) yet very powerful.

  • ParkDayAdventures

    ParkDayAdventures said 8 years ago

    Very helpful, thanks!!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 8 years ago

    kudos, thanks!

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 8 years ago

    Great Ideas, Keep um comin...

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations said 8 years ago

    great advice thank you for sharing!

  • GaelGolden

    GaelGolden said 8 years ago

    Fully retired and 73, I am starting on Etsy. Nobody should be too old to take advice. I was too shy at your age to boldly go forth, but now I'm having a blast. Thanks, so much for speaking out. I love new challenges, it keep my brain working better why I try new products.

  • KokomoBoutique

    KokomoBoutique said 8 years ago

    I have just started on Etsy and have no clue how to get going. I am 71yrs old and have always wanted to make things but never had the time before. I just didn't know how to get my name and product out there. Thank you for the tips, I need all the help I can get. Social Security just isn't enough. LOL.

  • GoldenStitches

    GoldenStitches said 8 years ago

    I agree, I am a seventy year old who does not want to be, I have tons of energy and I think young. I have struggled with getting my other shop going. People seem to love it but do not buy. I started Golden Stitches to just offer supplies and things I will make. I hope I will do better I do not have a clue how to promote, so this was a good article..

  • PheatherHead

    PheatherHead said 8 years ago

    I was planning on putting a few items up for sale tomorrow, and hopefully starting an online shop! Thank you for the tips! -Alison

  • fido1cat

    fido1cat said 8 years ago

    Eye opening. I do a family Blog why not a Blog for my business? Right?

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 8 years ago

    I love that first tip!!!

  • gertuine

    gertuine said 8 years ago

    great advice! My summer goal is to do just that: sit down and make a plan about what my shop ought to be. (it is getting very slooow sales lately, and I must learn why). I am considering the possibilities of completely "throwing away" what I do now and going in other direction(s) with my shop (I have ideas I am excited to try!) but I am definitely not skilled at figuring out what needs to be done, or at networking either (whoops) or those other important things. It is hard for me to socialize.. I hope I can work at it and become successful.

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your tips for success! I really need to start focusing more on what I don't like to do. Because in the end, if that is what allows me to do what I love, it's obviously worth the effort.

  • DittyDrops

    DittyDrops said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advise, thank you!

  • nosetotail

    nosetotail said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thank you!

  • wanderwitch

    wanderwitch said 8 years ago

    I feel I have come home in finding this site thanks to a friend. Great advice and can't wait to get my creations (and creatures) on here. Lots of lovexxxx

  • aidenmidoridesigns

    aidenmidoridesigns said 8 years ago

    Great post!! Thanks for the insight, this was VERY helpful. :) Blessings

  • AmySchroeder

    AmySchroeder said 8 years ago

    I think this is my favorite part: "A couple of months after I launched the website, I received a one-sentence email that said, "Please send more information." After researching the person who sent it, I realized it was a well-known business icon who invests in start-up companies. Through dumb luck or serendipity, I had landed one of my first and most important business advisers. Put yourself out there so people can find you." I like it, because she's sort of saying that she learned from her mistake. Call me crazy, but I think that's my favorite part about entrepreneurship. ... It's sort of like making mistakes is required, because it helps you learn what not to do next time. Melissa will be giving even more awesome advice at the Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference on June 26, 2011. If you enter "Etsy" during the final part of registration, you'll save $14. Register here: http://diybusinessassociation.com/brooklyn-diy-business-association-conference-2011/

  • Neverkissandtell

    Neverkissandtell said 8 years ago

    Really great advice, I hope to be able to implement your clues in helping grow my business on etsy.

  • luckyflaggboutique

    luckyflaggboutique said 8 years ago

    thank you thank you :)

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 8 years ago

    So true! Thank you!

  • melissaperruccci

    melissaperruccci said 8 years ago

    Really looking forward to meet you Melissa and learning more about Splashlife at the DIY Biz Conference on Sunday! www.Indieshop.com will be there looking for new designers as well as strategic partnerships for our upcoming TV show about creative entrepreneurs, www. IndieScene.com.

  • melissaperruccci

    melissaperruccci said 8 years ago

    www.IndieSceneTV.com is the website for the TV show. oops!

  • rootedgypsy

    rootedgypsy said 8 years ago

    Just the sort of smart, to the point, and honest guidance I needed! Thanks and thanks eve more for all the humanitarian work you do!!!

  • nikisha

    nikisha said 8 years ago

    The links are down...

  • pragueloop

    pragueloop said 8 years ago

    i very much like the part about doing the "boring" things, and would add that it is critical to stick to this, even if, for instance, everyone is having fun in a pub because they actually finished working. we have been building a new business recently and yesterday i talked to a lawyer who coined this very topic. inspiring!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 8 years ago

    thank you for the advice. i have been thinking about the sharing element of what i do lately, and how to go about sharing. i agree, it's important and can only bring more good about.

  • ByCoco

    ByCoco said 8 years ago

    Self-discipline, Self-promotion, Sharing Knowledge are like three sides to a perfect triangle...Thanks.

  • erinhewgley

    erinhewgley said 8 years ago

    thanks!!! really needed to hear exactly what i have been avoiding!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 8 years ago

    All great tips thank you!!

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    ApplewoodHandwovens said 8 years ago

    So basic and soooo necessary... well instructed! Thank You

  • RipandStitchDiva

    RipandStitchDiva said 8 years ago

    Wonderful post! Thank-you.

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 8 years ago

    thanks for this!! great ideas.

  • mammajane

    mammajane said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Jane :)

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 8 years ago

    Great advice - thank you!

  • BarkingDogBlanket

    BarkingDogBlanket said 8 years ago

    This is very true and I admit that I put off the 'not fun' stuff. My husband and I have our own business in which I work full time and it takes up a big hunk of my time (this is the business that pays the bill plus some) so I can't slack off there. I find it difficult to keep my etsy product coming, adding new product and getting the things I know that have to be done with my etsy shop. I need to find a balance and that is where I am struggling. I already have a friend that helps me with sewing but there is so much more I want to do. I love doing my blankets because it makes me so happy when customers tell me how much their dog/cat love their blanket and how useful it is. Plus I love making those donation checks to the animal shelters each month. Sorry to ramble but this hit a chord with me.... aloha

  • hmmills

    hmmills said 8 years ago

    Great tips, I really do need to force myself to network more often...

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 8 years ago

    great ideas! i especially connect with #1.

  • thepinkpoodle2008

    thepinkpoodle2008 said 8 years ago

    I think that it is wonderful that you take the time to share. God blesses us with that! Thank you for being so pink poodlicious! We ALL need that support and encouragement. I know that God is going to bless you even more. Darlene

  • fanciestrands

    fanciestrands said 8 years ago

    I totally connect with #1. I also think its awesome that Melissa has done so much with her life in such a short time. Kudos to you Melissa.

  • tbyrddesigns

    tbyrddesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips.

  • iquantascores

    iquantascores said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this article! I'm absolutely missing the first tip!

  • iquantascores

    iquantascores said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this article! I'm absolutely missing the first tip!

  • sarahndippity

    sarahndippity said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice! This summer I will be teaching for the very first time. I am so excited and hope to spur others imagination and creativity. I was so glad to so that you included teaching in your advice. Thanks, Sarah

  • LucysClosetVintage

    LucysClosetVintage said 8 years ago

    Spot on advice! I loved your serendipitous email from a business icon. Great story. Thanks so very much for sharing your tips.

  • debs1967

    debs1967 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Great advice.

  • IdBeads

    IdBeads said 8 years ago

    This is really helpful. I'm going to start making a list of things I'm avoiding and try to do them first every day. Great advice.

  • shirkdesigns

    shirkdesigns said 8 years ago

    I am inspired! Thanks

  • abbyloutwo

    abbyloutwo said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

  • elneldesigns

    elneldesigns said 8 years ago

    Oh so true, thanks for the pep talk!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 8 years ago

    Makes me want more info and to attend the conference. Will there be telecommuters? I need that ticket.

  • homeandcottage

    homeandcottage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 8 years ago

    Excellent advice! Thank you for sharing.

  • banfflines

    banfflines said 8 years ago

    Excellent advise. Being a tosser and turner into the wee hours of the night I can certainly relate to what you pointed out. I really must stop procasinateing about planning a schedual. I know the importantance of one but life seems to get in the way and then bang I am doing something else.

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 8 years ago

    Great article and tips. merci...

  • apronanatomy

    apronanatomy said 8 years ago

    Got it!

  • banfflines

    banfflines said 8 years ago

    Excellent advise. Being a tosser and turner into the wee hours of the night I can certainly relate to what you pointed out. I really must stop procrastinating about planning a schedule. I know the importance of one but life seems to get in the way and then bang I am doing something else.

  • karenleanneking

    karenleanneking said 8 years ago

    Great Advice! I hate planning. I really need to start LOVING IT! I have a blog. The last entry was when???? Teach... Now that's something I can do really well. Just need to learn how to do it over the PC. Perhaps a webcam is in my future? I think it would be great if our ETSY shops had a bit of blogging space built in, so we could add a tutorial or photos that are not an actual listing. For example, I would start with pattern grading tutes. I know they are out there on the web, but why should we be sending someone off-site to see it? Just a thought to offer up!

  • KoppelStudio

    KoppelStudio said 8 years ago

    Good solid information!!!

  • ArtFromTheHeartBySue

    ArtFromTheHeartBySue said 8 years ago

    What great advice! How true it is to love what you do and try to put off what you feel is mundane.... Thanks for the "push!"

  • AnandaSaba

    AnandaSaba said 8 years ago

    Very interesting. Thanks for the advice!

  • casamoda

    casamoda said 8 years ago

    great advise. thanks!

  • JoWoodBeadArt

    JoWoodBeadArt said 8 years ago

    Good to hear this again and again. Sometimes we know what we should be doing and need a reminder. Thanks!

  • AbsolutelyDottie

    AbsolutelyDottie said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this post. It was very helpful. I need to pull out my business plan, dust if off and get back on track! As far as completing the things we don't like to do..I make a list of each item and break it down into bite size jobs so they do not seem so daunting. When I complete a small task, it is checked off. It gives you such a great sense of accomplishment. Much success to all of you!!!

  • SacredCake

    SacredCake said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your valuable advice...and I really needed to hear the first part about pushing yourself to do what you don't really want to do!

  • kisforkitty

    kisforkitty said 8 years ago

    Terrific article! Great comments from everyone. Gotta get to WORK!

  • kisforkitty

    kisforkitty said 8 years ago

    Terrific article! Great comments from everyone. Gotta get to WORK!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    So inspiring - congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing some great tips!

  • HelenRawlinson

    HelenRawlinson said 8 years ago

    No 1 I'm not so good at, No. 2 I'm getting better and No. 3 was the best thing I ever did. Teaching what you do is both inspiring to others and to yourself. Nice simple tips!

  • beadelight

    beadelight said 8 years ago

    Great advice--thanks! It's fun to read what others have posted in response, too :)

  • GillyLynn

    GillyLynn said 8 years ago

    Great post and inspiring advice. Love the quote about serendipity. It's so true!

  • nancyhughesmiller

    nancyhughesmiller said 8 years ago

    great info - thanks!

  • katylunsford

    katylunsford said 8 years ago

    Great interview, thank you I enjoyed it! All great things for you!

  • interiorsbymillie

    interiorsbymillie said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement, some great stuff.

  • designedbybettyshek

    designedbybettyshek said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your great advice.Learn a lot !

  • designedbybettyshek

    designedbybettyshek said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your great advice.Learn a lot !

  • BentWhimsStudio

    BentWhimsStudio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing some good tips!

  • CustomDesignedShoes

    CustomDesignedShoes said 8 years ago

    Great post. Will be working on my marketing plan as a result!!

  • DigItDog

    DigItDog said 8 years ago

    I like this a lot! Thanks for the Advice!

  • katelynnskloset

    katelynnskloset said 8 years ago

    Awesome advice!! Thank you!!

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl said 8 years ago

    What fabulous advice! I'm totally inspired, thank you! :)

  • Hofferstudio

    Hofferstudio said 8 years ago

    thank you for the post-sharing info/ advice. Your so right. Get the things you don't enjoy out of the way. Being a creative it's sometimes hard to focus on what we don't enjoy.

  • tatimaia

    tatimaia said 8 years ago

    I know everyone said the same, but this post is very inspiring! Thanks a lot for sharing; that's exactly what I'm needing right now! Hugs and greetings from Brazil, Tati

  • rosesandlemons

    rosesandlemons said 8 years ago

    Excellent. Thanks!

  • januaryhart

    januaryhart said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you!

  • ARTinVENICE

    ARTinVENICE said 8 years ago

    thank you! super

  • ChristinasMagic

    ChristinasMagic said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks!

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 8 years ago

    An inspiring post, I'm guilty on at least two counts!

  • glassypainterdesigns

    glassypainterdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your great advice!

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl said 8 years ago

    I'm inspired to do the hard stuff. Thanks!

  • gipseegirl

    gipseegirl said 8 years ago

    I've tried to charge for my craft workshops. People don't even want to just pay for supplies!

  • PinkyLoco

    PinkyLoco said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you! I'm inspired by you and your words! Thanks! I needed the "Just do it" advice of #1! I've also been "thinking" about #2....Hmmm I needed #1 to do #2! LOL Have a great day and thanks again for the post! Pinky Loco

  • susanjenkinsart

    susanjenkinsart said 8 years ago

    I too teach. It's fun and so rewarding. It does provide the opportunity to meet people, buy materials and promote my art business ! Thankyou so muchyour advise and for taking the time to share!!

  • alpacakids

    alpacakids said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice; I will take it to heart!

  • GreenGablesLane

    GreenGablesLane said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Wonderful advice!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Very wise advice and inspiring! It all helps! Thank you!

  • hramiechoffman

    hramiechoffman said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring message!

  • craftluxuries

    craftluxuries said 8 years ago

    I really needed this advice! so helpful. thank you

  • Adriannelrh

    Adriannelrh said 8 years ago

    Some great advice!

  • BlueMoonCrochet

    BlueMoonCrochet said 8 years ago

    After reading this, I had to laugh at myself because "do the things you hate to do" and "start a blog/network" are one in the same for me. I know I need to do a better job of networking, but I can't bring myself to blog. What would I write about? Why would someone care about what I have to say? Or do I really have anything anyone would care to hear? Opening my shop in the first place was an emotional investment, blogging would just make that feeling more acute.

  • BereniceDesigns

    BereniceDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the tips! Great article!

  • mainili

    mainili said 8 years ago

    Thank you!

  • twirlswithpearls

    twirlswithpearls said 8 years ago

    Thank you for these words of wisdom! I know what you're saying about do what you hate! It's important, and can make the difference between succeeding and failing. And don't forget to get help. If you hate accounting, maybe you can trade for services when you first start up. Doesn't hurt to ask. Thank you for good, sound advice!

  • CloudberryAndMoss

    CloudberryAndMoss said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Do the things you don't want to do. So true! Thanks....

  • CloudberryAndMoss

    CloudberryAndMoss said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Do the things you don't want to do. So true! Thanks....

  • magicwithyarns

    magicwithyarns said 8 years ago

    Great advice......Thanks

  • TheMillersHouse

    TheMillersHouse said 8 years ago

    Common Sense and a Great Reminder of what we need to do. Even when we don't like to. It will pay off in the long run.

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 8 years ago

    Oooh great tips! Thank you!

  • JazzySeams

    JazzySeams said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Great advice and inspiration!

  • justineviens

    justineviens said 8 years ago

    This was a simple but very helpful article. Thank you so much for the tips and the interesting look at an amazing woman and all that she has accomplished.

  • rhill69

    rhill69 said 8 years ago

    How inspiring. I'm going to get busy and get my site up and moving. We're so lucky to have people like you.

  • BucksCountyImages

    BucksCountyImages said 8 years ago

    Great advice and I have done each one however nothing is selling on Etsy. I have put long hours into creating my shop since the end of January 2011, making treasuries, posting items each week, free shipping, discounts, and picking favorites only to be so disappointed. I am coming up with some new photo products and toying with the idea to open a second shop. Please check out my shop and e-mail me your helpful advice. I see other photographers work selling on Etsy. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

  • CypressSweetgrass

    CypressSweetgrass said 8 years ago

    Sounds like a fantastic conference! Seems like Melissa has a fascinating story. I'd love to hear even more!

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

  • ArgyleSt

    ArgyleSt said 8 years ago

    Straightforward -- and true. Thanks....

  • meaicp

    meaicp said 8 years ago

    Thanks! Interesting advice.

  • rustysecrets

    rustysecrets said 8 years ago

    Blog Shmog....I hate the thought of it, but you are right, I need to get myself "out there" even though I consider myself somwhat of a "private aloneist." Thanks for the advice! Gina

  • dreamaginarius

    dreamaginarius said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring and great advice! Sometimes when it comes to a business we want to build the house by the roof.. Made note of them :) http://dreamaginarius.blogspot.com/

  • pimssupplies

    pimssupplies said 8 years ago

    Awesome...thanks so much for sharing

  • CirclesandStones

    CirclesandStones said 8 years ago

    That's exactly what I'm doing right now! The stuff I don't like. I took a break to check my emails and what do I find--but validation that I'm on track. Thanks!

  • ChristyBeardDesigns

    ChristyBeardDesigns said 8 years ago

    I needed that advice thank you! Many blessings, Christy

  • michelleperkett

    michelleperkett said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for your great business advice. I keep hearing over and over again the importance of blogging and I still dont do enough of it and its free advertising, dont know what I'm waiting for, thank you for giving me the kick I needed!

  • Reinhabit

    Reinhabit said 8 years ago

    Yay I love this!! I need a little kick in the butt sometimes. ;)

  • DarlingBridget

    DarlingBridget said 8 years ago

    I used to teach craft years ago as part of my day job but I don't know where to start to offer for fee classes online. Although there's lots I could teach. Any thoughts?

  • WhimzyThyme

    WhimzyThyme said 8 years ago

    Great information -- thanks for sharing.

  • uniquejewelrybybarba

    uniquejewelrybybarba said 8 years ago

    wonderful advice, thanks !

  • heatherla123

    heatherla123 said 8 years ago

    Very motivational for me and so true on many levels. It's hard to do what you love and love what you do!

  • AdornmentsbyKamin

    AdornmentsbyKamin said 8 years ago

    I love reading your blog! What an inspiration! This past year has been one with many changes for me. With change, this has opened my passion for what I am now working on. Adornments by Kamin ~ My creation of beautiful one of a kind Adornments. I have done a few shows and have had wonderful comments. I know I need to come up with a marketing plan and am slowly but surely getting there :) The people part is the hardest for me. However, once I'm out there ~ I love it! I have most of my items on my FB page. Kamin Brown "I would love to Adorn you!"

  • SweetSeamz

    SweetSeamz said 8 years ago

    Ok .... I'm hearing you :)

  • branchandsky

    branchandsky said 8 years ago

    One of the best things about Etsy is their commitment to seeing the success of their shop owners. Every article I read here has been chock full of helpful advice. Thank you, Melissa, for encouraging us to Teach Others. I'm a teacher and think there's nothing more gratifying than sharing our passion for the things we love to do. My students always respond so positively when I'm teaching something I love. And likewise, when sharing my paper crafting passion with others, I get giddy and it's truly infectious!

  • ZiBagz

    ZiBagz said 8 years ago

    bravo Melissa ♥

  • ZiBagz

    ZiBagz said 8 years ago

    bravo Melissa ♥

  • DeerBunny

    DeerBunny said 8 years ago

    Thank you!

  • UpOnTheRoofFarm

    UpOnTheRoofFarm said 8 years ago

    Very good words of wisdom!

  • JeralynsCreations

    JeralynsCreations said 8 years ago

    Great ideas. I'm going to get serious about a blog. I've been putting it off.

  • NinthStreetNotions

    NinthStreetNotions said 8 years ago

    Thanks much for the advice!

  • KoniFrazer

    KoniFrazer said 8 years ago

    Awesome, thanks for sharing your wisdom and advise!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 8 years ago

    This is AMAZING article. Totally taking everything that is said and applying it fully. YAY! xxxxxx EL Vintage

  • KoniFrazer

    KoniFrazer said 8 years ago

    oops I meant advice:)

  • ClearCreekFabricArts

    ClearCreekFabricArts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. Good to know! Best to you and your business!

  • blessedhandzs72

    blessedhandzs72 said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the advice and the wisdom.

  • RoxanneBellDesigns

    RoxanneBellDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for yet another motivating email, Etsy! Thanks to Melissa and Amy too. Great tips.

  • SerendipityCrossings

    SerendipityCrossings said 8 years ago

    Thank you, Melissa! I just opened up shop and can use all the advice I can get!

  • MarianDesigns

    MarianDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • jamiesondesigns

    jamiesondesigns said 8 years ago

    Splendid!

  • knitella2011

    knitella2011 said 8 years ago

    great advice! :D thank you for sharing :)

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts said 8 years ago

    I always appreciate these fresh business tips. Often they are simply that little push I need to get back on track and stay the course! Forward never straight.

  • beadloverskorner

    beadloverskorner said 8 years ago

    Great information! Thanks so much!!

  • DeborahJulian

    DeborahJulian said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the advice.

  • urbanfrillsboutique

    urbanfrillsboutique said 8 years ago

    Good advice!

  • JanieMarieDesigns

    JanieMarieDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice thank you for sharing.

  • ChristineSutter

    ChristineSutter said 8 years ago

    Thanks Melissa! This helps give me a kick in the rear!!

  • Luali

    Luali said 8 years ago

    This is so true, I'm with you on this one. Thank you, great post! ;-)

  • jamiesondesigns

    jamiesondesigns said 8 years ago

    If doing the part I donot like is worth doing then I will make myself like doing it because it will only enhance what I actually like and make me want to do it more.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips! I am having a little chuckle as I'm reading tip number 1 and procrastinating on doing the sewing that needs to be done today. I guess that's my cue! ;) lol

  • DittyDrops

    DittyDrops said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the advise. Its good to be reminded that you have to make time to do the 'businessy' stuff and the making stuff (the fun part!) to get the full rewards of working for yourself. May have given me the final push to commit to a blog as well!

  • LittleBirds1

    LittleBirds1 said 8 years ago

    I'm consulting many artists as a Social Media consultant and I always recommend blogging as a starting point to grow your network. Before you start your blog, make sure you have an outline of your topics for the next 4 weeks. If you have many great topics and ideas in your mind, start writing blog posts for the times, when you don't have time to write. Set a goal, how often you want to publish. Nothing is more annoying than following a blog, where I get 3 posts a day and than 3 weeks nothing. I started as a crafter with Little Birds on Etsy and met so many great people who encouraged me to start my own Social Media Consulting company- Just Jump Marketing- now I do what I really love- find the best way to advertise wonderful things, crafters make!

  • StoneDesignsbySheila

    StoneDesignsbySheila said 8 years ago

    I like this,thanks! I know I need to blog more,I can talk about glass all day.

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione said 8 years ago

    Good advice! Thanks! Now, implementation on my part!

  • Adonnasattic

    Adonnasattic said 8 years ago

    That is good common sense advise. If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life.

  • optic

    optic said 8 years ago

    Thanks Melissa. I agree, it is so easy to not do what you don't want. Thanks for the great advice.

  • LtdEditionOutfits

    LtdEditionOutfits said 8 years ago

    Time to sit and do my business plan!!! thank you for encourage crafters, artists and people that need a little push to do the next step in their business.

  • Skyhawkdesigns

    Skyhawkdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this! It is so easy to lose focus when you are creative and not do the other mundane tasks. Thanks for reminding me!

  • sheaclay

    sheaclay said 8 years ago

    I just wanted to see if anyone was still reading these comments... as a matter of fact, I do teach, and it does help to keep my biz afloat - right on.

  • rosaliestreet

    rosaliestreet said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advise, I've been trying to decide whether to blog or not to blog ?, I think you just helped me make my mind up.

  • TheStitchinChicken

    TheStitchinChicken said 8 years ago

    Great advice. How can we move with no direction. Thanks for the reminder!

  • pinkrocktutuboutique

    pinkrocktutuboutique said 8 years ago

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Etsy for this very reason......Constant advice at your fingertips, constant reminders to work hard and you WILL one day get there. Thanks for all the advice from EVERYONE. I love doing what I am doing, creating looks for children. It is my dream to become a "Real" business. Making this my ONLY job, love it. Thanks again

  • contentbutterfly

    contentbutterfly said 8 years ago

    I am intentionally spending time learning who my networking trible should be. Thanks for your valuable input.

  • casamoda

    casamoda said 8 years ago

    great advise. thanks!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    thanks for this advice ~ love hearing stories like yours. one thing i think about a lot: how weird it is to try to plan art. i guess it's the business side of it that really needs planning :)

  • bebeknits

    bebeknits said 8 years ago

    I always appreciate the advice of others who have traveled this path before me! Thank you.

  • melaniem55

    melaniem55 said 8 years ago

    Step one down. Step three not so hard. Step two, I'll need some techno-skills. Maybe step four should be listen to the people who offer you help. I have had someone offer to do websites for me for free and someone offer to have my jewelry in their store for free. Free is really really good! Thanks to you insight! Melanie

  • BlueDayDesigns

    BlueDayDesigns said 8 years ago

    Oh boy - I winced when I saw the first point. I really, really, REALLY need to start paying attention to my accounts and pricing strategy. I failed math at school and it's the thing I resist the most. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  • gypsyspiritstudio

    gypsyspiritstudio said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the advise...been thinking about starting a blog and was not sure if it would be worthwhile....sounds like my next project! Most appreciated information...:) ~Sharon

  • whittleseycreek

    whittleseycreek said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you for all the tips!

  • atmadeit

    atmadeit said 8 years ago

    thanks. smart and inspiring advice

  • jmaeson

    jmaeson said 8 years ago

    So simple but yet such awesome advise.

  • Tabithas34

    Tabithas34 said 8 years ago

    I second all that! Thank you Etsy for sharing her story.

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    nancynelsonjewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • LoveStitchesByNaomi

    LoveStitchesByNaomi said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks. Lots I need to work on

  • Norrby11

    Norrby11 said 8 years ago

    thanks so much i really enyoyed reading your tips

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings said 8 years ago

    Just the push I needed...I stopped teaching my craft years ago and so remember the thrill of it. Thanks for a great post.

  • Emmeee2

    Emmeee2 said 8 years ago

    Thank you!

  • dolcedreams

    dolcedreams said 8 years ago

    Great info, thanks!

  • kinaink

    kinaink said 8 years ago

    Often the best advice is the stuff staring you right in the face, so it would seem! So logical, yet so few people actually do it. Great tips, and congrats on your success!

  • BBOYSANDGIRLS

    BBOYSANDGIRLS said 8 years ago

    Thank you. I needed to hear that.

  • capitalcitycrafts

    capitalcitycrafts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice! I never have enough time so many of those essential tasks fall behind. I'll have to make more effort to keep up.

  • lovebeadsbyjp

    lovebeadsbyjp said 8 years ago

    I like it! No, I really think I can do this! And now that you mention it, regarding Tip 3., I'm a pretty good teacher (a family trait--the whole clan is lousy with 'em) and I do seem to recall getting started via a very nice lady who showed me how to finish necklace ends about 8 years ago. The rest is history. "Hello, Universe calling Janet, it's time to Give Back." Cheers!

  • NimrodsTackle

    NimrodsTackle said 8 years ago

    Apreciate the article. Skipping or procrastinating the mundane is so easy to do.

  • SerebaDesigns

    SerebaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Such uplifting tips for the newbies as well as for the experienced. Love the idea about teaching what you love to do. This has Been something I have been doing in my local communiity as well as having a little book published with some of my bracelet designs! Yea -----to all etsians and to the customers who support our endeavors !

  • MadAboutHue

    MadAboutHue said 8 years ago

    That was to the point and incredibly helpful! Thank you!

  • architette

    architette said 8 years ago

    Thank you for posting this! I first heard of Melissa when I was contacted by her team at Splashlife to be featured in her article "30 Under 30 Crafter's". I've kept up with her site ever since! What a wonderful and positive site! :)

  • siviaknowsgoodart

    siviaknowsgoodart said 8 years ago

    I feel that I've been doing everything right when it comes to my shop. However, I have been having difficulty having a following. I really needed to hear this advice the way it was stated. This is a great idea.

  • siviaknowsgoodart

    siviaknowsgoodart said 8 years ago

    I feel that I've been doing everything right when it comes to my shop. However, I have been having difficulty having a following. I really needed to hear this advice the way it was stated. This is a great idea.

  • MikesIncredibleCards

    MikesIncredibleCards said 8 years ago

    Great great advice. Thank you.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 8 years ago

    great ideas - thank you for "teaching" us!

  • silverliningxmas

    silverliningxmas said 8 years ago

    I am impressed with your wisdom and your success - congratulations!

  • hextasy

    hextasy said 8 years ago

    very smart sound advice, thank you for sharing.

  • 2LilMunchkins

    2LilMunchkins said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice!! I can relate with the first tip!!lol

  • chloeswirl

    chloeswirl said 8 years ago

    Okay! Thanks. I'll keep working.

  • Cottonette

    Cottonette said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 8 years ago

    Great article, congratulations on your success!

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 8 years ago

    Yes, I totally agree with marketing yourself. Marketing yourself and you sell, sit back and you don't. Congratulations on your entrepreneurial spirit to pursue your passion and yet have the realization to do what must be done to succeed.

  • PriaVanda

    PriaVanda said 8 years ago

    Amazing advice! Thank you.

  • PJaysGallery

    PJaysGallery said 8 years ago

    Great tips. This article I will save and use. Thanks

  • DreamCake

    DreamCake said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips. As a fellow entrepreneur under 25, this was an especially exciting article. :)

  • ALittleBitTattered

    ALittleBitTattered said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Concise. Doable. Helps bring focus.

  • SeizingLifeWristlets

    SeizingLifeWristlets said 8 years ago

    THank you so much for the tips! Doing the things I hate to do is such good advice. For example, I hate writing product descriptions, but without a gripping description, no one will buy your product. {duh, i know} Thanks again

  • ACESfinds

    ACESfinds said 8 years ago

    Wow~ Very Encouraging~ Thanks!

  • theLaughingLife

    theLaughingLife said 8 years ago

    Excellent mantra for any aspect of life...

  • CakisCottage

    CakisCottage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Great advice.

  • KidliciousDesigns

    KidliciousDesigns said 8 years ago

    That is awesome advise! Very inspirational and something to take back to my shop and apply. Thank You!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Amazing kick in the pants! I love these tips, thanks for sharing with us!!

  • GandHDesign

    GandHDesign said 8 years ago

    Good advice!! Even successful business people have to do things to keep thier business going that they 'd rather not have to do. It's not all fun all the time.

  • tinarosa

    tinarosa said 8 years ago

    great sharing

  • tinarosa

    tinarosa said 8 years ago

    great sharing

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Much appreciated. Thank-you!

  • dozencookies

    dozencookies said 8 years ago

    Good ideas!

  • KeepSakeCenterpieces

    KeepSakeCenterpieces said 8 years ago

    Just joined Etsy and have hit the ground running! I made a plan, stickin' to it, and am excited and amazed at the talent and willingness to share success stories! Thanks so much ... see you again soon! KeepSakeCenterpieces

  • gataeb1159

    gataeb1159 said 8 years ago

    Great, Thank you for sharing, and I think you are unbelievable :)

  • JSerraDesign

    JSerraDesign said 8 years ago

    It's so easy to lock yourself away with your work and want to stay there. These are such great reminders to branch out and connect. Share your story and your work.

  • gracelinepaperstudio

    gracelinepaperstudio said 8 years ago

    Learn and grow .... After 67 years yet. The blog part is just not working for me though and i am very bad at marketing. The pace on Etsy has been slow but steady. I will probably pass on into the crafty land above poor but happily folding paper.

  • SinfoniaJewels

    SinfoniaJewels said 8 years ago

    Exactly what I needed to hear! Thanks :)

  • fashionablyL8

    fashionablyL8 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice. Thanks for the simple reminder to do what we dislike first!

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 8 years ago

    Thank you

  • annamariapotamiti

    annamariapotamiti said 8 years ago

    Points well made- Thank you- I always wondered how one makes a business plan when one is an artist, because unfortunately it is not something taught in art schools.

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    TreasuredMemoryLane said 8 years ago

    great tips, Thanks

  • awesometownvintage

    awesometownvintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks!! It's always great to be reminded to do the basics FIRST :) http://www.awesometownvintage.com

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 8 years ago

    BRAVO! Fresh ideas over big-time realities. Thanks for the shove, Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • moranutrition

    moranutrition said 8 years ago

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing - and for the great reminder that its important to focus on some of the less fun aspects of running a business. ~Kati

  • meeshy

    meeshy said 8 years ago

    Ok, I'm off to do the hard stuff. Thanks for the reminder!

  • idamku

    idamku said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!.. The great tips! ^.^

  • Moderngemdesign

    Moderngemdesign said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.

  • lopamudrahomedecor

    lopamudrahomedecor said 8 years ago

    these three points are the backbone of any successful business.. thanks for sharing this .. this is indeed very helpful.. i would take a print our and paste this on the wall of my studio... thanks again...

  • micey41

    micey41 said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing. good timing!

  • unmisted

    unmisted said 8 years ago

    These are great tips, I will definitely do things I don't want to do more diligently. Thanks for sharing.

  • CosyGiftsbyDeNatura

    CosyGiftsbyDeNatura said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your useful tips and for sharing

  • PurpleSageTreasures

    PurpleSageTreasures said 8 years ago

    I think the greatest gift back to the community is to teach, history or welding, gardens or masonry, philosophy or morals we all find great satisfaction in teaching, sharing and contributing. The rest is just distractions

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  • partyqueenotexas

    partyqueenotexas said 8 years ago

    Great ideas, Thanks for teaching us!!

  • handmade4parties

    handmade4parties said 8 years ago

    Just Great ideas, thanks

  • mycartouche

    mycartouche said 8 years ago

    Thomas Edison once also said "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration! " Planning ahead and dong all the important business stuff are the hardest things to do for me. Will try to follow your advise. Thank you for a great tip Melissa. :)

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 8 years ago

    Great article! Thank you for sharing

  • artis4fashion

    artis4fashion said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thx for sharing!

  • mandyandme

    mandyandme said 8 years ago

    Great info. Thanks!

  • LillianJade

    LillianJade said 8 years ago

    Great ideas....thank you for sharing!

  • LillianJade

    LillianJade said 8 years ago

    Great ideas....thank you for sharing!

  • SucculentsGalore

    SucculentsGalore said 8 years ago

    This is very valuable information. Thank you!

  • charmedjewel

    charmedjewel said 8 years ago

    inspiring and helpful, Thanks for sharing..

  • rockmybeads

    rockmybeads said 8 years ago

    Words to live by. As much as it hurts, she's right! I myself neglect what bores me -- paperwork! -- but realize that it has to be done. Great article.

  • HanaKratochvil

    HanaKratochvil said 8 years ago

    great advice! thanks for sharing, hana

  • Madaboutpink

    Madaboutpink said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! It was very helpful

  • kuberacove

    kuberacove said 8 years ago

    Very nice.

  • LilypadLaneDesigns

    LilypadLaneDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wow...all three things have been mulling around in my head for months. This now makes it concrete to....Just Do It! lol Thanks so much for this valuable info, Becky

  • Zodiaque

    Zodiaque said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice!!! Well taken.

  • JoAnnesEtc

    JoAnnesEtc said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Great advice! Would love some info on how to create your own blog.

  • KoalitaCraft

    KoalitaCraft said 8 years ago

    Very good advice. Thanks for sharing.

  • talulahblue

    talulahblue said 8 years ago

    I now have some new ideas, which were tiny seeds in my head, but suddenly I can see the fruits of labour in front of me, many thanks for sharing, Sue x

  • vbaschung

    vbaschung said 8 years ago

    thanks for the great tips wishing you all the best in your business

  • aviyaglass

    aviyaglass said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I especially need to focus on 'the boring bits' more! A fab tip I heard was 'you never know when you will meet someone' (plane/train/vacation) so always have a mini pitch and a few pics of your work to hand'

  • pinkcaliko

    pinkcaliko said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing :o) Great advice to help you focus on all aspects .

  • MelatiRose

    MelatiRose said 8 years ago

    3 powerful tips in building your business to a success.....I love it...!! Thank you for sharing them...!!

  • MelatiRose

    MelatiRose said 8 years ago

    3 powerful tips in building your business to a success.....I love it...!! Thank you for sharing them...!!

  • MelatiRose

    MelatiRose said 8 years ago

    3 powerful tips in building your business to a success.....I love it...!! Thank you for sharing them...!!

  • GoshnPoche

    GoshnPoche said 8 years ago

    Yes ! I must stop being so passionate about my sewing machine and start to appreciate my computer just a little bit more. One I understand, the other ......!

  • atelier44

    atelier44 said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • TheMetalPersuader

    TheMetalPersuader said 8 years ago

    Hey I for one have a long way to go and lots I can do yet to improve things, thanks for the tips and the reminders to bring me into the here and now.

  • chriswaind

    chriswaind said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you.

  • TheBigFabricGirl

    TheBigFabricGirl said 8 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!

  • Woollymammothzone

    Woollymammothzone said 8 years ago

    As someone who is just starting out and learning new things everyday, its wonderful to find so many people who re willing to share, advise and help. Your tips are really appreciated. Thank you.

  • pavia

    pavia said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the great practical advice. :)

  • WeddingAndGems

    WeddingAndGems said 8 years ago

    Great tip to do the boring stuff, that way it's done and you're not trying to constantly trying to push it to the back of your mind. It's time to finish my taxes so I can submit them early and forget about them for another year.

  • chickaprint

    chickaprint said 8 years ago

    I totally agree with the planning, the networking and the getting done of what we resist. I would simply add that balancing is also quite a challenge! Thank you!

  • Lubavyshka

    Lubavyshka said 8 years ago

    Thank you very much, this is good advice for beginners in this challenging and favorite business

  • TracyChambersVintage

    TracyChambersVintage said 8 years ago

    Great advice. The first one is key and probably the biggest challenge. I had to start with giving myself 20 minutes a day for "the boring stuff" - I know it is not much, but it is a start.

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your advice and tips, Christine

  • quattrocento

    quattrocento said 8 years ago

    Thanks a lot!!!

  • mayyow

    mayyow said 8 years ago

    Wow... this is great advice and I need that badly being a newbie at anything abt 'internet' & entrepreneurship. TQ so much, melissa & this will go a long way:)

  • zafirenia

    zafirenia said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you so much! : )

  • NeedlinOnTheRidge

    NeedlinOnTheRidge said 8 years ago

    Excellent! It's time to get to work! Thank you, Judie

  • evaPhotos

    evaPhotos said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice!! I keep thinking about making my own blog..

  • limezinnias

    limezinnias said 8 years ago

    A great way to start the day. Thank you for the tips!

  • tretutu

    tretutu said 8 years ago

    Great advice! My buisness plan changes daily. I think I need to write something down!

  • AngelaAleeceDesigns

    AngelaAleeceDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the timely advice. Simple. To the point. Relevant. I now see why you are doing so well. Blessings.

  • nettesneedle

    nettesneedle said 8 years ago

    Great advice, thanks so much.

  • ThePinkScarab

    ThePinkScarab said 8 years ago

    First, kudos for your accomplishments! You are inspiring and I wish you continued success! 'Put yourself out there so people can find you.' I will set a goal date to get a blog and website up and running. Many thanks for your great advice!

  • UtopiaUF

    UtopiaUF said 8 years ago

    Word.

  • reikienergems

    reikienergems said 8 years ago

    Well done, Janet Hill! I trained as a life coach and I have had my life plan, all nicely written out. Then life took a hand and I learned that there is a natural flow which we fight at our peril. The life or business plan which REALLY works is to follow your heart and choose a path in life you really love, learn what opportunities there really are and keep banging on doors until one opens to you. Keep costs under control and say 'no' to people who offer to do your marketing for you in return for high fees because your voice needs to be just that. We're all used to marketeers' language and the slick website designs of the professionals! I believe we want sincerity and authenticity. We're all indie makers, for heaven's sake! It hardly seems appropriate to start running our lives like corporate execs. Yes, we need to be organised and do the basics - set up your website, start a blog, keep accounts, post items and deal promptly with orders. But we might need to be flexible about how and when we are able to fit it all in. Especially given that once you ARE over 18 you probably have to earn a living and run your home and family at the same time as being an Etsy seller!!

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 8 years ago

    Great tips!!

  • FiorellaJewelry

    FiorellaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Love this article, thank you. You get back what you put in I think, if that makes sense.

  • shellypsoulcircles

    shellypsoulcircles said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips & inspiring story! As a newbie I appreciate all the advice I can get. Gotta get to work...

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the advice, it was a good day and moment to be reading this. I will take it all to heart. This also sounds like and amazing and inspiring person.

  • Morninglightglass

    Morninglightglass said 8 years ago

    Great info!! So glad I read this article! I just this morning had a request for classes and was wondering if I should...I think I should!!

  • DoodlebugCrochet

    DoodlebugCrochet said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences - very inspiring!

  • scarletfields

    scarletfields said 8 years ago

    Very well done! Thank you-Scarlet

  • greenthreadsboutique

    greenthreadsboutique said 8 years ago

    "Do what you don't feel like doing"...that one spoke to me. I'm searching for ways to grow my business and my lack of focus on the boring stuff is holding me back. I have to work on that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • theotherart

    theotherart said 8 years ago

    Great advice!!! I will keep that in mind!!!!

  • theotherart

    theotherart said 8 years ago

    Great advice!!! I will keep that in mind!!!!

  • BearStitches

    BearStitches said 8 years ago

    Thank you. I really appreciated that part on doing what you need to do, even if you don't like doing it ! How easy to get lost doing what you love most and not what necessarily needs to be done !

  • sofiart

    sofiart said 8 years ago

    Really helpful and higly apprecited:)Thank you..

  • Suzie2010gemdesigns

    Suzie2010gemdesigns said 8 years ago

    Hi Melissa, Thanks for the inspiring tips. I look forward to becoming a full time designer.

  • LisasCraftiques

    LisasCraftiques said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the ideas. I really needed some new ones!

  • ClassyBelle

    ClassyBelle said 8 years ago

    Yes! Thank you very much for the great ideas and advice!

  • BelleMaisonetMoi

    BelleMaisonetMoi said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the tips!!! I recently started a blog and I'm hoping it's helping to get the word out about my etsy shop and vice versa when I am convoing on etsy with customers. Plus I just love the connection blogging builds with others that you may never meet, it's super fun and creative in it's own right. Alicia bellemaisonetmoi.blogspot.com

  • InnerEarthJewelry

    InnerEarthJewelry said 8 years ago

    Good, to the point applicable advice. I like the part about personal info too and am guilty of few words and also putting off doing what I don't like, thanks

  • eastwitching

    eastwitching said 8 years ago

    Thank you - going to put these tips in action ! Alison

  • Paintpotsplus

    Paintpotsplus said 8 years ago

    Just finished working with a group doing some demos and I think it will work into lessons. Thank you for the great advice.

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical said 8 years ago

    wonderful, thank you!

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical said 8 years ago

    wonderful, thank you!

  • CurlicueCreations

    CurlicueCreations said 8 years ago

    Good advice. It is hard to be disciplined and do the things you "don't want to do".

  • CurlicueCreations

    CurlicueCreations said 8 years ago

    Good advice. It is hard to be disciplined and do the things you "don't want to do".

  • TshirtOz

    TshirtOz said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much, really good info.

  • GingersnapKids

    GingersnapKids said 8 years ago

    After sewing all day the last thing I want to think about is a business plan, but it makes sense to grow a business, you have to plan it out.

  • AllSpelledOut

    AllSpelledOut said 8 years ago

    Excellent (simple) advice-Thank you so much for sharing!

  • three3peas

    three3peas said 8 years ago

    Thank you for being direct with the information. I appreciate hearing about doing the things you don't want to do....good reminder to be disciplined.

  • AVATARB3DCOV3R

    AVATARB3DCOV3R said 8 years ago

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  • eyespotdesigns

    eyespotdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • TwiceNicePurses

    TwiceNicePurses said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great info!

  • JenIshDesigns

    JenIshDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great and informative! I get so wrapped up in designing and crafting jewelry that I postpone the mundane tasks like bookkeeping to another day...

  • JenIshDesigns

    JenIshDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great and informative! I get so wrapped up in designing and crafting jewelry that I postpone the mundane tasks like bookkeeping to another day...

  • SDGARTISTRY

    SDGARTISTRY said 8 years ago

    Sooooo wish I could be in New York for that conference!!!! Thanks for the great advice :) Sherri Ohler www.sdgartistry.com www.thepaintedlife.com

  • SaysTheStone

    SaysTheStone said 8 years ago

    Excellent concept! I've been kind of reluctant to start a blog...more time away from the work table!! That is an example of something I don't want to do... Thanks for the info!

  • KatysCache

    KatysCache said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Just what I needed to Hear! Thank you

  • THicksCnhp

    THicksCnhp said 8 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring advice...much needed. Thank you! Now, it's my turn! LOL!

  • romyandclare

    romyandclare said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thank you very much!

  • IshkasBody

    IshkasBody said 8 years ago

    so simple, so true!

  • FlowersFromFatima

    FlowersFromFatima said 8 years ago

    Great article with beautiful tips! Thank you!

  • TreehouseIllustrator

    TreehouseIllustrator said 8 years ago

    "Charge a feee." Love it. :)

  • prprinces19

    prprinces19 said 8 years ago

    Great advice and tips! Thank you! Now off to write a business plan..

  • travelingtailorstudi

    travelingtailorstudi said 8 years ago

    Hey There, Great suggestions served very well in small bits. Congrats! Eleanor

  • beachbumchix

    beachbumchix said 8 years ago

    great tips...more reminder to do the things i'm not so nuts about so i'm able to do the things i love.

  • TheTreasureFairy

    TheTreasureFairy said 8 years ago

    Excellent advice to follow,thanks!

  • snoocks2

    snoocks2 said 8 years ago

    Nice first tips for newbies. As a former finance administrator for the DEGC (Detroit Economic Growth Corporation) let me say how important a business plan really is. Without one, most banks will rarely give you 10 minutes of their time. Most entrepeneurs love their product, but hate the paperwork it takes to get the job done. Time after time, they'd come to my office with a shoebox of receipts, ideas on a half sheet of paper and huge smiles and tag lines. But...when I explained that we first needed a 'written' business plan - usually over firve (5) years - they would blance, get edgy and often be unwilling to buckle down and get the job done properly. My suggestion: Ask any bank for an SBA (Small Business Administration) application. Study it thoroughly before you commit to any rental space, any new purchases beyond what you may need for your craft or product, and dig in! You'll be surprised what insurance, phone and internet charges, rental for space, paying yourself, expensing your items properly, and a laundry list of things you'll need to know prior to going into business for yourself. Do not forget the cost of: Shelving, retrofitting the space, cash register, show cases, packaging, proper lighting, etc. I would use Craig's list for getting an idea what things really cost. Unless you expect to begin in your home, check with your country or city's signage regulations. Many are more strict than you'd think. Good luck and God bless -

  • printarcheology

    printarcheology said 8 years ago

    Just what I need to hear.

  • MALIjewelry

    MALIjewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips...I guess you get what you put in. Again thank you!

  • MALIjewelry

    MALIjewelry said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips...I guess you get what you put in. Again thank you!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 8 years ago

    Great article and tips. I agree with doing what you don't want to do! My tip is: do it straight away - do it first thing in the morning before you do anything else and NEVER put it off as if you put it off once, you'll do it a 2nd and 3rd time. Horrid thought, but true. It's taken me many years of wasted time to learn this one!

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes said 8 years ago

    Very interesting article and extremely helpful tips which I shall be mindful of. Thanks!

  • frenchsoul

    frenchsoul said 8 years ago

    Brilliant advice, thanks so much!

  • RaskolInkLLC

    RaskolInkLLC said 8 years ago

    Rad! Thanks for the tips and article. I am re-launching my Etsy Site today and trying for growage, these ideas help. Cheers

  • LeahLakeDesign

    LeahLakeDesign said 8 years ago

    Amazing advice. I'm starting my first Blog right now. And the 'charge for it' advice was wonderful. Won't feel guilty about that idea anymore. Also really appreciated the comments above. From play writing, I always knew the left side of the brain was creative, while the right side was the editor. Time to do what I resist. And boy have I ever resisted. Esp. appreciated comments above about business plan. Thanks again

  • CarolsClovers

    CarolsClovers said 8 years ago

    Thank you for these thoughts, Melissa.

  • lasermoose

    lasermoose said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed the advice and the also the comment from vintagemaison. Says it all.

  • creationsbymonica

    creationsbymonica said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the advice. Make your plan and do not neglect to work your plan.

  • mitchellcreations

    mitchellcreations said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great insight - very helpful!

  • MaisonMaudie

    MaisonMaudie said 8 years ago

    Inspiring - thanks for the helpful tips. It's so easy to concentrate on what you like doing, sometimes you need somebody to remind you abou everything else!

  • Allthingswithwings

    Allthingswithwings said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing yourself and your knowledge, I really appreciate that:)

  • caravancrafts2

    caravancrafts2 said 8 years ago

    thank you I think it inspires everyoneto do there best and to never give up and to always keep trying thank you for this information it makes me want to keep trying and to keep on living the dreams that you make for yourself and to never give up no matter what someone does to you or says that you should never give up on your dreams because they will always come true in one way or another because I've heard so many times that you can't do this or make a difference because your to young but you always can and I thank you for this inspiring story thank you

  • BibleGemstones

    BibleGemstones said 8 years ago

    Thanks for reminding me to focus!

  • FlutterbyUniques

    FlutterbyUniques said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful, simple advice! My husband and own an antiques shop and your advice definitely pertains to all business ventures. We love selling on Etsy, but definitely have a long way to go on figuring out all the ins and outs of it...Thanks for the inspiration!

  • APotteryStudio

    APotteryStudio said 8 years ago

    Great reminders and suggestions. As artists we tend to work in solitude and it is sometimes difficult but we all need to "get out there" and market our selves and our work and one of the best ways, I agree, is to teach others. They see your passion and often want to collect your work and are great because they also often tell others.... and it just keeps going - growing :-)

  • jonnajae

    jonnajae said 8 years ago

    I'd love to see your friend's site! (the one who makes her own cards) Please share! great article ;)

  • heartybags

    heartybags said 8 years ago

    What an inspirational lady! Well done and thanks for the advice. I'm just starting out so I definitely need to put myself out there! Best wishes for the future. R x

  • go2vintage

    go2vintage said 8 years ago

    Simply put - concise and to the point! Thanks!

  • ReinventionbyAngelaB

    ReinventionbyAngelaB said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the good advice. Just what I needed to hear!

  • flowersanddolls

    flowersanddolls said 8 years ago

    Right ! Let's go now !

  • jessicayerxa

    jessicayerxa said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thank you! What do you do when you can't think of anything to blog about? I've thought of starting one, but I never can think of what to say!

  • creativesque

    creativesque said 8 years ago

    Simple but great advice. Most of us know this stuff already but it's always good to hear it again from those who are successful.

  • TinglingStudio

    TinglingStudio said 8 years ago

    Yes, networking. I'm doing it right now ;-) And off course passion. Without passion no soul in your service or product.

  • itsablockparty

    itsablockparty said 8 years ago

    Having just put our first items on Etsy this week, this article was exceptionally timely for us. Thanks!

  • moonchildvintage

    moonchildvintage said 8 years ago

    Inspiring and so helpful! I think it is so right on with the advice that one must put time in doing the things you don;t really want to do. All of us know how easy it is to do the things that we are easily passionate about, but the nuts and bolts work is where the business grows. Let's roll up those sleeves and get down to it! Thanks so much for this posting!

  • DinkyDonksart

    DinkyDonksart said 8 years ago

    Good advice. Self promotion is the hardest thing for me, but to get anywhere I need to set those hours aside each day to focus on it. You have given me the kick where it was needed. Thank you

  • MABeverDesigns

    MABeverDesigns said 8 years ago

    As an Artisan Beadwork Jewelry Designer who put aside my "stash" to focus on an older, deeper passion (Growing Greener KIDZ of All Ages) as a Certified Eco-Consultant, I want to recommend all crafters to contact a local Chapter of SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives - who provide FREE counseling to business wannabees - as well as those already in business. Check out: www.score.org for local services. SBA-funded - that's why it's FREE. CONGRATUALTIONS on your VISION - perseverence and willingness to Do The WORK, day after day.

  • natureofart

    natureofart said 8 years ago

    I am working on my business plan right now.....great to hear that it is an important step! thanks for the advise!!!

  • flawlessfinds

    flawlessfinds said 8 years ago

    JEAHHHHHHHHHHH!

  • SPIHobbies

    SPIHobbies said 8 years ago

    I have never blogged before -I need to re-think of it as "written word of mouth" I guess

  • CreationsbyDJ

    CreationsbyDJ said 8 years ago

    I am learning. Thanks for the tip. Hard to learn when you are new at the business.

  • CreationsbyDJ

    CreationsbyDJ said 8 years ago

    I am learning. Thanks for the tip. Hard to learn when you are new at the business.

  • 2chicdesigns

    2chicdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great advice thanks for sharing!

  • ForEverYoungByRuthie

    ForEverYoungByRuthie said 8 years ago

    You give great advice. I have a very hard time when it comes to promoting my self, but I do love creating any type of jewelry, and love teaching, so I think I will find more time for that. Thanks for your advice and keep up the good work.

  • masonke

    masonke said 8 years ago

    So true. . . . . you have to do the things you don't like, to do the things you do! Thanks for reminding us of that!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 8 years ago

    thanks so much for the motivation :)

  • octobeer

    octobeer said 8 years ago

    terimakasih. thanks for sharing.

  • NatalieDArt

    NatalieDArt said 8 years ago

    What great advice, thank you for sharing - for free :))))

  • TheAvaCloset

    TheAvaCloset said 8 years ago

    Many thanks for this great advice! I'd been struggling..

  • JulieAnnLopez

    JulieAnnLopez said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the advice!

  • hopscotchgraphics

    hopscotchgraphics said 8 years ago

    thanks for passing this information and passion along to us

  • LyLuDesigns

    LyLuDesigns said 8 years ago

    Good advice! Thanks! Finding the time to do it is my biggest challenge!

  • JudyMurrahDesigns

    JudyMurrahDesigns said 8 years ago

    I'm working on a comeback hopefully through etsy and will soon start a blog. I taught quilting for 30 years, have 7 books published, but now it's time to use social media for my craft. Thanks for the nudge.

  • lmlois

    lmlois said 8 years ago

    Thank you !

  • deesigns4u2

    deesigns4u2 said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thank you so much !!

  • DarkBay

    DarkBay said 8 years ago

    VERY helpful points!!! thank you!

  • DarkBay

    DarkBay said 8 years ago

    VERY helpful points!!! thank you!

  • mypinkpoppy

    mypinkpoppy said 8 years ago

    Great article, great advice! Thanks!

  • ARTnHEART

    ARTnHEART said 8 years ago

    Thank you! I put off the not fun stuff like uploading photos & writing descriptions, as well as updating spread sheets. I needed to hear this!

  • ARTnHEART

    ARTnHEART said 8 years ago

    Thank you! I put off the not fun stuff like uploading photos & writing descriptions, as well as updating spread sheets. I needed to hear this!

  • DebzDoodlez

    DebzDoodlez said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others!

  • NetWorth

    NetWorth said 8 years ago

    Thanks for providing wisdom and a gentle shove in the right direction.

  • TheGildedTassel

    TheGildedTassel said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing..........good advise:)

  • GiftCreation

    GiftCreation said 8 years ago

    Really great tips!Thanks for sharing!

  • VeraidaGifts

    VeraidaGifts said 8 years ago

    Great advice!

  • leighsdesigns

    leighsdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement to go for working hard but doing what you love. Good advise. I need to work harder on a business plan.

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the helpful advice, I hope to take in your tips and boost our shop. A business plan is indeed very boring and tedious work, but it is immensely helpful in organizing your business priorities. Good luck to all sellers and entrepreneurs alike!

  • CharitableCreations

    CharitableCreations said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!!

  • aLuckyClover

    aLuckyClover said 8 years ago

    Great information. Thank you.

  • maartjejewels

    maartjejewels said 8 years ago

    Some how, these are things I already heard off. My problem is, how can I follow up on these rules, with all the distractions like, children, household etc. that are pulling me away? Need some serious advice on time management;). Feel free to advice! Am reading all the tips with huge interest, thanks!

  • Adalynscreations

    Adalynscreations said 8 years ago

    I love this advice!! Thank you very much! I could use some advise on how to better my time management skills as well. Thank you!

  • AmaniArts

    AmaniArts said 8 years ago

    L know all this, but seems I need to hear it again and again. I am making my list today, with your #1 as my #1! Thanks for the inspiration you offer, and for sharing it so generously!!

  • CoastalCreativity

    CoastalCreativity said 8 years ago

    Integral advice! I have been using the strategy of doing at least one thing I dread to do each day, like paying bills would be one example. You have now inspired me to increase my “to do” list to a daily dreaded two jobs I would rather not do. Yet, to procrastinate on these daunting but necessary tasks, like financial business plans, would me that I would miss out on enjoying the majority of my time doing what I thrive on.

  • DancingClouds

    DancingClouds said 8 years ago

    Appreciate the good advice. Thanks, Many Blessings

  • CathyMcKeighanDesign

    CathyMcKeighanDesign said 8 years ago

    Excellent advice! Thanks!

  • FrutoDaEstacao

    FrutoDaEstacao said 8 years ago

    You are so right! Thanks a lot Cristina

  • MightyPlush

    MightyPlush said 8 years ago

    Clear and concise, great advice. I would love to hear more. Thanks.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    great steps to follow... thank you for sharing!

  • anxiousalphabet

    anxiousalphabet said 8 years ago

    thank you for the tips :D

  • Mamoooo

    Mamoooo said 8 years ago

    great post lots to think about and do!

  • Mamoooo

    Mamoooo said 8 years ago

    great post lots to think about and do!

  • KraftKorner

    KraftKorner said 8 years ago

    I started keeping bookkeeping records at the beginning of 2011of what it cost to make each of my products. Every piece of ribbon or elastic really adds up. If I was really feeling creative, I would just add a bit of extra lace or an extra ribbon rose, forgetting that extra $ .30 cut into my profits. I realized I was making about $2.00 an hour and very little profit on the materials. Now I price my items as to the exact cost of the materials and what labor I want to add. Before it was easier for me to price every category item the same, than to take the time to figure the cost of each item before listing.. Sometimes I had paid a little more for a fabric, even though it was on sale or added an extra embellishment. Also, remember the shipping costs. I had $3.99 listed for shipping from an item 3 years ago and just sold it and the shipping was $5.65 for a 4 oz package to Oregon. Before a 1# or under priority package was the same price where ever it went. Now it's according to area. My cart covers ship from $4.95 to $5.85 and that's getting the discount for online shipping labels from USPS. I lost money on that for the shipping that cut into my profits for the item. Just a few tips I have learned along the way.

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    Still so much to learn...

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    Still so much to learn...

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    ..didn't mean to echo..

  • BeCharmedDesigns

    BeCharmedDesigns said 8 years ago

    Excellent. Thank you.

  • BeCharmedDesigns

    BeCharmedDesigns said 8 years ago

    Excellent. Thank you.

  • element5

    element5 said 8 years ago

    Great advice. I am with you on all aspects!

  • Nolacandles

    Nolacandles said 8 years ago

    So true about the business aspect. Most people do not succeed because the creative side takes over and can lose site of the business strategy It isn't fun but that's what it takes. I am going to start a blog today!

  • MGHdesigns

    MGHdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article. I really needed the inspiration to revive my shop.

  • Free2BeCreatives

    Free2BeCreatives said 8 years ago

    Wonderful information. It's nice to see that I'm working in the right direction. Thanks so much!

  • FeliKiwi

    FeliKiwi said 8 years ago

    I was dreading #1 and figuring out how to do #2 and #3. By the time I was done reading this post, so many ideas came into my head. Thanks so much for this valuable information!

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue said 8 years ago

    awesome advice! we really have to be well rounded "creatively" speaking....running a business that is a success takes ALOT of work! even "not fun" stuff,....but its sooo worth it in the end to be able to continue to do what you are passionate about and be able to share that passion with others....thank you! your'e inspirational

  • renarockwellart

    renarockwellart said 8 years ago

    You are a real go-getter! I have been forcing myself to do the not-so-fun-stuff and it's paying off. That's the business side of the creative, which can't be neglected. I DO enjoy teaching! My enthusiasm catches on. Thanks for sharing.

  • MakeOneLA

    MakeOneLA said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice! Very inspirational!

  • mothclothing

    mothclothing said 8 years ago

    Great advice, thanks! And seeing other people's comments made me felt that I am not alone, there are a lot that I need to learn and stop procrastinating on!

  • julenas1oak

    julenas1oak said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing!=D you're soo right the first step is darn difficult to do but you got to do it right from the start!

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    RenataUniqueGifts said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your tips! When I competed, finally, the "boring" matters, I felt more energized and accomplished. Thanks again.

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 8 years ago

    Inspiring!! Thank you brain juices are flowing with ideas, now!

  • JuBilly

    JuBilly said 8 years ago

    thanks for the tips. as always the simple is the best!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    good advice

  • SusanWindsor

    SusanWindsor said 8 years ago

    This is SO helpful! Thank you for spelling it out so simply and clearly.

  • somethinspecial

    somethinspecial said 8 years ago

    Great post, great tips, especially about the business plan. It's my necessary evil :)

  • heycaryann

    heycaryann said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! Sometimes I take so much time doing the emails, social marketing ect. That I don't have time for the fun stuff: creating!

  • StuckOnSilver

    StuckOnSilver said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • 3Aces

    3Aces said 8 years ago

    thanks this is just what i needed to know at this precise moment! :)

  • SueStitch

    SueStitch said 8 years ago

    Thanks ...

  • wiredroxz

    wiredroxz said 8 years ago

    Great advice............merci :)

  • sureynot

    sureynot said 8 years ago

    What an amazing woman! Thanks for the advice.

  • THEWILDHEARTSHOP

    THEWILDHEARTSHOP said 8 years ago

    great advice! Thank you.

  • OraclesForest

    OraclesForest said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the Great Info.

  • espurna88

    espurna88 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your advices

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! thx for the tips and advice.

  • Cookingonpurpose

    Cookingonpurpose said 8 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you for taking the time to share.

  • codysanantonio

    codysanantonio said 8 years ago

    Concise and helpful--thank you.

  • Caramelka

    Caramelka said 8 years ago

    Brillant ideas.

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 8 years ago

    What an AMAZING young woman! I would love to meet her one day! Thank you for posting this!

  • harvestmoonsoapco

    harvestmoonsoapco said 8 years ago

    Wonderful advice! Thanks for this one!

  • RaspberryMarket

    RaspberryMarket said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such good advice!

  • ChocolateStarShop

    ChocolateStarShop said 8 years ago

    thank you I am so motivated right now!

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  • DeerSpringsCreations

    DeerSpringsCreations said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the advice...im off to do my plan! Have a wonderful day!

  • uplifterscard

    uplifterscard said 8 years ago

    Very practical tips, you certainly know what your are talking about. Thank you.

  • uplifterscard

    uplifterscard said 8 years ago

    I cherish your advice and it is easy to follow. You are refreshingly down-to-earth.

  • VolcanicVulture

    VolcanicVulture said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thank you!

  • katieguinndesigns

    katieguinndesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanx for the good tips! Your post was very specific and helpful.

  • MomMind

    MomMind said 8 years ago

    Great advice! ^_^

  • MadeinMogotes

    MadeinMogotes said 7 years ago

    Not bad at all for someone who flunked 9th & 10th grade indeed! Cheers for the tips. I need to work on number 1, especially. I have half a business plan on the go but more excited to make stuff...

  • Papeeyay

    Papeeyay said 7 years ago

    You have a most impressive bio and the three things you advised on were things that have crossed my mind. Writing it down and sharing it made it all the more solid. Thank you for putting things in black and white. :)

  • MyVintageAlcove

    MyVintageAlcove said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!!

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