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  • 2013 Plan

    Hi All

    Do any of you have a plan for 2013?
    As in, what months you will be making/marketing certain products? (like, Valentines in Feb, Halloween in October, Christmas in Dec etc)

    I did aim to get my business started out this year, but December came up on me too quickly. I'm thinking of using 2013 as the year to get properly established.

    Thanks in advance
    Pearle x

  • #2
    wish I was that organised! I'd love to plan out my stuff but lack of time seems to get in the way, my major plans for this year include geting my blog back up and running properly and also working my way through the projects I've bought materials for but never managed to get the time to actually make up!
    The end of the year really does creep up so quick doesn't it!
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    • #3
      Oh I know that feeling. I've bought loads of materials to make stuff and it's just not happened.
      I guess working (full-time) has got in the way a bit, which is why I'm aiming to be more organised.

      (Just had a quick look at your resin jewellery, and it's lovely!)

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      • #4
        My Plan:

        Before the New Year - learn the basics of crochet.
        January - prepare samples and begin making stock; make mock-up of on-line store.
        Jan/Feb - send sample to a magazine to be used as promotional give-aways and to raise awareness of my on-line store
        Feb - prepare for on-line store to go live and make more stock based on feedback to samples.
        Mar - go live.
        ~~The old ways are the future~~

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        • #5
          I plan to pass my Complimentary Therapies Diploma, start a Foundation Degree in the same subject, start my holistic skincare product range and get my certificate, open my own business offering holistic therapies from home and look into learning Shiatsu too. Looking at tinkering again after a long break into glass stuff like candle holders, wind chimes and carrying on teaching metal/polymer clay from home and at Westhope Craft College in Shropshire.

          Then have a big snooze next winter
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          • #6
            Thank you polkadotpearle, yeah I'm at college full time right now, plus also train 6 days a week (martial arts and kettlebells!) so struggle for time for the business! So many plans...so little time!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Abij View Post
              Thank you polkadotpearle, yeah I'm at college full time right now, plus also train 6 days a week (martial arts and kettlebells!) so struggle for time for the business! So many plans...so little time!
              Yay! I've just restarted kettlebell training. I must admit though, that I do this in the comfort of my own living room. I've just finished a 30 minute session of Resistance. It's very addictive. I'm a sucker for those exercise videos you see advertised satellite television... I've completed P90X, most of Insanity (had to give up due to knee problems), love KettleWorx, and have tried LA Fitness' Kettlebell workouts.

              Why don't you train every other day, alternating with the business?

              Back on topic - I also plan to take a look at completing an MA in education or maybe revisiting taking a PhD in psychology. I get bored if my mind is not stretched, which is why I'm always trying to learn new things.

              Lenny
              ~~The old ways are the future~~

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              • #8
                New website and regular artisan market to try to build up some regular customers. Make more, internet less, always difficult when the studio is cold and the sofa is warm.
                www.beadtopia.co.uk
                http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadtopiaStudio

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                • #9
                  My plan is loosely to make my business profitable, that involves sorting out what craft fairs / shows are worth doing, getting my web shops well stocked and publicized, working out what stock is best at what locations and promoting my tuition and demos. Help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  Seriously though we have been going through the diary working out what markets we can do and what we can focus on. I am going to set up a wedding page on my Artfire shop for example and also build up stock aimed at specific occasions such as Valentines day, mothers day, Easter etc etc etc. Not sure when I am going to get into the workshop LOL

                  Pete
                  "Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art" ... Leonardo Da Vinci
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lenny View Post
                    Why don't you train every other day, alternating with the business?

                    Lenny
                    I compete at international level so need to train as much as I do, plus I love it ;-)

                    once college is finished this summer I'll have more business time, right now it's late nights and early mornings!
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                    • #11
                      Blindly, you lot put me to shame!

                      2013 WILL be the year I'm more organised!
                      I'm starting off by getting rid of 30 bags of rubbish in 30 days (with some ladies from another forum I go on) but it'll mean I can't get another 30 bags of "stock" to replace them!

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                      • #12
                        I have a lose plan in that I know what I'll be making for myself but then I have things for my shop which I will also be creating.


                        So for myself it will be:

                        January: Tunisian crochet one square, one pattern knitted square, and one grannie square with flower all in spring colours for a charity blanket competition on another forum in conjunciton with Lets Knit Mag.

                        February: Finish a Cabled jumper dress for adopted daughter

                        March: Find some sparkly red yarn and design my new knitted jacket.

                        April/may: Patchwork cushion covers for the 4 dinning room chairs, patchwork table runner, patchwork cushion for the window seat, patchwork place mats and coasters all for my new conservatory

                        June: some fabric painting

                        July: Glass painting

                        August: Candle making.
                        May:
                        So many projects, so little time

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                        • #13
                          I plan to do everything in reverse. When I complete something, I'll put it on a list and yell "Huzzahhhhh!!!!" =)

                          That way, I will have no sense of failure over something not done, no sense of stress to finish something, no sense of anything hanging over me. =D

                          I really need to just get back in to the fun of crafting. My crafting is never going to pay any bills, so I will simply craft for the fun of it. And, as always, I'll facilitate my husband and eldest in accomplishing their arts. I am very happy with that! The pressure is off! Woooooot!!!

                          A couple of you mentioned getting established at a regular market or two - yay for you, this is so very important! My husband has a lot of online orders from people saying they saw us at this market or that...and we've had a number of people come into our booth panting that they were afraid we weren't there anymore, because we weren't in the usual spot, but they asked around and found us. So it really is valuable to be always at one or two markets, and hopefully in the same spot! And make announcements every time, on your website, that you will be there.

                          Pete, a wedding line - awesome idea!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Abij View Post
                            I compete at international level so need to train as much as I do, plus I love it ;-)

                            once college is finished this summer I'll have more business time, right now it's late nights and early mornings!
                            International Kettlebells or international martial arts?

                            (please say kettlebells).

                            You must be so fit. My resting heart rate is just around 40-45bpm which, on a recent hospital stay, caused the monitoring equipment to sound its alarm. At one point it fell to 38 which caused a bit of a stir!

                            Despite that, I am far from fit. I would like to be fitter, but hate training with other people around.

                            Lenny.
                            ~~The old ways are the future~~

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                            • #15
                              Please stop referring to exercise as I might be guilted into putting it into my 2013 plan and we don't want that now do we
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