Friday, 27 March 2015
I used to be quite the keen crafter, but it has been probably a few years now since I sat down and actually created anything. A Beautiful Mess has been one of my favourite blogs since I've been about 18, and the interiors and DIY posts are always so inspiring. When I read their marble clay ring dish post I thought that would be the perfect idea to ease me back into crafting, and although I hit some speed bumps on the way, I'm quite happy with how they turned out!
Would you make your own marble clay ring dishes?
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
04. I shared on Sunday my tips for getting through the bad times in business, and a couple weeks ago business wasn't exactly booming for me. I think the biggest tips I followed was not letting it effect me negatively and trying to work through it; despite it being the last thing I wanted to do, I carried on listing as much new stock as I could and sharing it online. It worked because I've had two really fantastic weeks now, and things look to be continuing in a positive way. This definitely sums up how I've been feeling about it all.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015
There are always going to be highs and lows in business, it's just one of those things that if you're thinking of setting up shop you'll just have to get to grips with. Occasionally it doesn't matter how hard you're working, how enthusiastic you are about the product, people just don't want what you're selling. Today is the 5th anniversary of opening my little ebay store, and whilst the majority of it has been fantastic and rewarding, I've experienced a lot of said highs and lows. There are a few things to take into consideration if you are going through one of the tough times.
P L A N F O R I T
It would be great to think business will always be smooth sailing, but sadly it's just not practical in this day and age. I need to take my own advice on this one; I'm 25 this year and from week to week, month to month, I live within my means. What savings I did have have disappeared when I've needed to pay rent and bills and I don't replace them. If I do go through a bad sales week I'm counting on it picking up, which luckily it usually does, but it's not a great idea to not have any savings at all. Just in case.
W O R K T H R O U G H I T & L E A R N
It's the same with life experiences, I really believe how we react to difficult situations in life shapes us as a person. We can either sit and mope around, feeling sorry for ourselves, or we can act. Get your ass into gear and get working, don't take it lying down; bad weeks give me the motivation to work that extra bit harder to make next week an improvement. Take that attitude with you into the future, and the bad weeks may not come around as frequently.
M A K E S O M E C H A N G E S
Although it may not feel like it, change is good, and is necessary every once in a while to keep up with people's ever changing styles and preferences. I've recently altered my shop's images, as well as changing the shop front and design of the listing too; after a couple hours work it looks a lot more professional and intriguing to customers. Look around at what others in your field are doing to see what people are buying - don't steal ideas, but take inspiration from that to see what you can improve.
O F F E R A S A L E
A sure fire way to get people buying is to offer a sale. It clears out any old stock for space for new, and attracts more customers your way. I regularly have sales on, even if it's only 25% off or so; in these sorts of times everyone appreciates discounts, and despite not being on the high street you could benefit from creating a seasonal sale or two.
W O R K H A R D
At the end of it all, we get out what we put into our businesses, so put in a ton of hard work and shed load of effort, and you'll see results.
Do you run your own business? What advice do you have for getting through the hard times?
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Despite not really being much of a drinker, I've bought a bar cart. It's actually a vintage trolley that I'm going to paint and upcycle a bit, and it'll probably end up being more of a storage for some plants and flowers than bottles of booze, but still. After a bit of a Pinterest session pinning to my bar cart board I decided to get myself one after selling my previous one from the old house.
I want a couple trays to store glasses and bottles on, and of course where else could these be from, H&M Home. I feel yet another big order coming on from them, the concrete candle is from them too and they have some gorgeous new releases online. I don't really need any more glasses but the gold shot set are just gorgeous. Although before splashing out I'm considering buying some clear ones myself and doing a bit of a gold glitter fade DIY!
I'll be sticking with a wood, white, gold and copper theme (is there anywhere left in my house that isn't like this!) so some gold paper straws are essential; these ones are part of a long list of beautiful items from Paper Mash. And of course, a gorgeous candle is a must, and being also the name of a cocktail and having a beautiful scent, Diptyque's Mimosa is high-up on my wantsie list.
Are you a fan of the bar cart?
I'm Catherine! I'm a 24 year old business owner and blogger currently based in Bolton. New around these parts? Read all about me here!