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Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« on: February 03, 2019, 01:07:49 AM »
Come on in, you entrepreneurs! It can be a cold, lonely world out there - come check in and share what you've done TODAY and what you plan to do TOMORROW. At the moment, I sell on eBay (in addition to a Youtube channel and website) shamelessly, I'm looking for support and encouragement. Also looking to encourage and support as well. So c'mon in - share what you've done TODAY to move your business forward!

My store has 380-ish items listed and I'm looking to get to 600 items total THIS MONTH (Feb 2019)

The things that move my business forward:
+Photographing and processing items
+Listing items!!
+Exploring new inventory sources

Yesterday, (Sat, 2/2) I listed 5 Items. Small, but it's a step. 

Today (Sun, 2/3) I plan to list 10 Items.

What will you do TODAY to move your business forward!?!?

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Re: Entrepreneurship - Daily Check In!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2019, 05:34:22 PM »
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What will you do TODAY to move your business forward!?!?

Good thread, good question:)

I did some research and started on an outline for my upcoming e-book. Just brainstorming some ideas and thinking about networking.
My plan is still a bit nebulous, but beginning to take shape.
Starting on chapter one this week - I'll need three chapters to start with.

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 10:45:20 AM »
I have a real estate business, and I send out direct mail which I estimate will bring me 5-10 new properties to buy and resell.

Also assigned some tasks to my VA

WellBehavedWallet

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 10:25:41 PM »
Hello Rosy and MoustacheDArgent!!! So happy you guys stopped by!!!

Today (Mon) I listed 10 items and looked at 2 manifests for liquidation lots...
Tomorrow (Tue) I will list 10 more items, photograph at least 10 items, and learn more about the products I want to resell...

Keep on going, you brave warriors!!!

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 11:24:39 AM »
Less than 6 months ago, I opened up an e-store selling my craft (handmade soap) and have since then made over a hundred sales and sold at two different events. :)

TODAY I'm going to put a few packages in the mail, and finish packaging up the rest of this week's orders (so I can toss them in the mail tomororw.)   Later this week I'm going to work on going full KonMarie on my space so I can free up more room to store my soap-- space for equipment and inventory has been one of my biggest challenges!

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 12:00:14 PM »
Today I'm going for a swim.

WellBehavedWallet

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 11:52:56 PM »
Great job, fish sweet and Alex Mar (self care can be an important part of being an entrepreneur!)

Today, I listed 10 items, shipped 1, and am considering an offer on another.

Tomorrow, I plan to list an additional 9, shoot and draft and additional 11 more.

One step at a time!

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 09:43:47 AM »
I'm sending out a couple of emails to potential referral partners in order to rustle up a few more clients for my small bookkeeping business. I love me some QuickBooks and the more business owners I can help the better!

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 04:34:24 PM »
Less than 6 months ago, I opened up an e-store selling my craft (handmade soap) and have since then made over a hundred sales and sold at two different events. :)

TODAY I'm going to put a few packages in the mail, and finish packaging up the rest of this week's orders (so I can toss them in the mail tomororw.)   Later this week I'm going to work on going full KonMarie on my space so I can free up more room to store my soap-- space for equipment and inventory has been one of my biggest challenges!

How did you get your initial customers via your site? I sell handmade candles and I've only sold through friends, family, coworkers...

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 07:44:44 PM »
Great job, everyone!!! MarciaB, you are my hero!!! I love me some people who love Quickbooks!

TODAY I did (and plan to...)
Check out a UPS postal address
Photograph and list 11 items

TOMORROW I plan to ...
Photograph and list 20 items
Find at least 80 items in my house to sell!
Purchase a UPS postal address
Apply for an EIN!

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2019, 08:11:07 PM »
Set up a free shipping promo and did a quick Facebook/ Instagram ad hoping to convert a few sales for Valentines day. 

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2019, 09:58:16 PM »
Yesterday (Friday, 2/8)
Acquired a UPS postal mail box!
Listed 10 items

Today (Saturday, 2/9)
Shot 20 items
Listed 10 items

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2019, 11:53:47 AM »
Less than 6 months ago, I opened up an e-store selling my craft (handmade soap) and have since then made over a hundred sales and sold at two different events. :)

TODAY I'm going to put a few packages in the mail, and finish packaging up the rest of this week's orders (so I can toss them in the mail tomororw.)   Later this week I'm going to work on going full KonMarie on my space so I can free up more room to store my soap-- space for equipment and inventory has been one of my biggest challenges!

How did you get your initial customers via your site? I sell handmade candles and I've only sold through friends, family, coworkers...

To be totally honest, it sounds like a weird humblebrag when I write it all out, but the three things I had going for me when I launched my soap store were: a love for writing copy, a pretty good grasp of my target audience, aaand NEPOTISM.  I made nerd/geek themed soaps, and have close friends with large followings in the nerd artist community.  They were willing to promote my store on social media, so that was definitely a big help to me initially (and by promote I mean tweet my stuff once, maybe twice, not spam their followers with my info.)  This is also on twitter, so having good pictures and encouraging re-tweets also allowed me to put my stuff out there.  I'm also part of that same nerd/geek community, so interacting with my fellow fans and making friends with shared nerdy interests meant that I had some insight into what sells, and friends and community members who are happy to also promote my shop.

I also gave away a lot of soap in the beginning, both to friends and via giveaways promoting people to repost/comment/engage with my social media posts.

For my shop itself, I spent a LOT of time writing compelling copy targeted toward my (niche, nerd) audience and making soap/products targeted toward that audience as well.  Artisan soap and candles are a really oversaturated market right now, so if you want to be able to reach a wider audience you really need to work on branding (blech, I feel like a corporate drone just typing that out) and identifying that makes YOUR stuff stand out from the rest of the pack.

Off the top of my head, here are some ideas and stuff that I do/have seen other people do:

- If you haven't already, THEME YOUR STUFF.  Go for a specific "look and feel"to your products and your packaging, hopefully one that matches your own interests and attitude.  Are you going for geometric lines and artful minimalism?  Witchy black magic vibes? Natural, organic products with a forest/greenery theme?   Ocean surf and beachy relaxation?  If you're using a service like say, etsy, what keywords should people be typing in to find your candles?

- Go where your people go.  I have a friend who's really into the pentagram/goth/ETERNAL DARKNESS aesthetic, and she shops at online/b&m stores and goes to events catering to that crowd.  Whatever or whoever your target audience is, where do they go, how do they shop?  How can you engage and promote and reach out to them?

- Arts & crafts fairs.  Straight talk-- getting in, paying for space, accomodations, food and drink, can make these very expensive.  However. they can also be pretty lucrative, and are a great way of getting your products out into the public view, attracting first-time customers that become long-time customers, etc.etc.

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2019, 12:29:51 PM »
As for my actual check-in, I made a fresh batch of soap on Wednesday, and am experimenting with making silicone casts for some custom molds.  Still not sure if it'll work out, but it's also fun practice for some other crafting projects I've got in the pipeline!

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Re: Daily Check In - Entrepreneurs - Come On In!
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2019, 01:59:39 PM »
Less than 6 months ago, I opened up an e-store selling my craft (handmade soap) and have since then made over a hundred sales and sold at two different events. :)

TODAY I'm going to put a few packages in the mail, and finish packaging up the rest of this week's orders (so I can toss them in the mail tomororw.)   Later this week I'm going to work on going full KonMarie on my space so I can free up more room to store my soap-- space for equipment and inventory has been one of my biggest challenges!

How did you get your initial customers via your site? I sell handmade candles and I've only sold through friends, family, coworkers...

To be totally honest, it sounds like a weird humblebrag when I write it all out, but the three things I had going for me when I launched my soap store were: a love for writing copy, a pretty good grasp of my target audience, aaand NEPOTISM.  I made nerd/geek themed soaps, and have close friends with large followings in the nerd artist community.  They were willing to promote my store on social media, so that was definitely a big help to me initially (and by promote I mean tweet my stuff once, maybe twice, not spam their followers with my info.)  This is also on twitter, so having good pictures and encouraging re-tweets also allowed me to put my stuff out there.  I'm also part of that same nerd/geek community, so interacting with my fellow fans and making friends with shared nerdy interests meant that I had some insight into what sells, and friends and community members who are happy to also promote my shop.

I also gave away a lot of soap in the beginning, both to friends and via giveaways promoting people to repost/comment/engage with my social media posts.

For my shop itself, I spent a LOT of time writing compelling copy targeted toward my (niche, nerd) audience and making soap/products targeted toward that audience as well.  Artisan soap and candles are a really oversaturated market right now, so if you want to be able to reach a wider audience you really need to work on branding (blech, I feel like a corporate drone just typing that out) and identifying that makes YOUR stuff stand out from the rest of the pack.

Off the top of my head, here are some ideas and stuff that I do/have seen other people do:

- If you haven't already, THEME YOUR STUFF.  Go for a specific "look and feel"to your products and your packaging, hopefully one that matches your own interests and attitude.  Are you going for geometric lines and artful minimalism?  Witchy black magic vibes? Natural, organic products with a forest/greenery theme?   Ocean surf and beachy relaxation?  If you're using a service like say, etsy, what keywords should people be typing in to find your candles?

- Go where your people go.  I have a friend who's really into the pentagram/goth/ETERNAL DARKNESS aesthetic, and she shops at online/b&m stores and goes to events catering to that crowd.  Whatever or whoever your target audience is, where do they go, how do they shop?  How can you engage and promote and reach out to them?

- Arts & crafts fairs.  Straight talk-- getting in, paying for space, accomodations, food and drink, can make these very expensive.  However. they can also be pretty lucrative, and are a great way of getting your products out into the public view, attracting first-time customers that become long-time customers, etc.etc.

BEST post on marketing I've read in a long time! What you are describing is the difference between someone who makes something that everyone else makes (jewelry, candles, soap, cards...etc. etc.) and someone who is making money making those things because there's an actual customer for them.

No customer...no business. No customer...you have an expensive hobby.

If you don't stand out in a crowded marketplace you will have no sales (and no customers, and hence no business).