Autumn Yellow Sunflower Wine Glass from Judi Painted It
Are you the jack of all trades in your small business? Do you always feel there are not enough hours in the day or that you need a clone, or two or three? Are you constantly pulled in 10 different directions on a daily basis as a small handmade business owner? Me too!
I set high goals in a short time frame and dream big, with that mindset comes being consumed with work and stress. After all, you want to succeed at what you do and if you love your craft and have an insane desire to keep it your full time job or make it one….. be prepared to work your ass off! Be prepared to work harder than you ever have in your life.
It’s one thing if your reselling an item someone else made, it’s an entirely different animal when you physically make something and sell it. You need craft time (the easy part), then the battery draining part of everything that comes with marketing yourself. That is when the hard work really starts.
Some of the things that I have learned the hard way to keep me in touch with loving what I do and keeping me inspired.
Stop with time wasting tasks! Some things I just totally suck at are writing and visual marketing ads. If you need help with something and have a small budget Fiverr.com has been a life saver for me, along with reaching out to those who are looking to build their portfolio like HS kids. Ask family members or friends to help with what ever they can. At times, I put my entire household to work.
Create a work schedule and stick to it! This, I will admit, I struggle with because I work from home. I cannot just leave the office and walk away calling it a day. I have found that my family time suffers. As hard as it may be if your really backed up, start your work day and hour early or pick it back up when the household went to bed.
Clean, organize and de-clutter your office or work space. If your home office is anything like mine in a matter of one week it can easily look like a tornado went through. Between orders, accounting, show schedules, marketing plans, other projects, etc it can get nuts. I have found if I keep it clean and try to follow the rule I tell my little one “When your done playing with it put it away”, but I’m never really done playing with it. If I walk in my office and my brain is overloaded with a mess… it drains my creative juices and all motivation to get through my work day.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You would be amazed what cool creative things I have come up with just by messing around and trying something new.
TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF that is not work related!! Im 100% honest here when I tell you I watch 1 hour of TV a week and that is the only time I sit on my couch. Don’t let your craft take over your life. I’m a very energetic and on the go person. BUT I do schedule a full body massage every 6 weeks or so (partially because I have to with my neck always looking down painting), but the rest is a treat to myself. I also go to kickboxing classes about 4 days a week. Find what works for you and take care of you.
These are just some of the things that I have found work for me. I would love to hear what works for you.
Editor’s note: Judi has been a reader of Handmade Success for a while and was our 1st reader interview last year. We have made a lovely connection over email and social media. I love following her artwork, craft fairs and adventures. I added the photo above to give you a glimpse of her amazing work. I hope you check her out too! Her new Pumpkin glasses are now on my “must-have” list for my favorite fall pumpkin beers 🙂
Judi Jamieson-Rader – Judi Painted It
Judi Painted It started out as a hobby that took off to new levels in 2010.
She believes in hard work, dedication, quality and getting the best possible value for your hard earned money.
The name came about when people would see her work at friends or family members home and ask “Wow, where did you get that?” and the answer became the name of her new business as the response was always the same…. “Judi Painted it”.
Judi is a mix of self taught artistry and artistic family traits, she is a workaholic who pushes for perfection. She is also wine lover who enjoys sweets, red and white. Deep sea blue fishing and sky diving were two activities she enjoyed in the past.
Hard work and determination does pay off over time if you stick with it and don’t quit.
If you would like to read more about Judi and her learning experience growing this business, you can read some of her blog posts by clicking here.