The new year begins with the best intentions, changes to be put in place, new goals to be met. If you run a one-woman business, these changes have to be made real with a daily, weekly and monthly practice. Having just revamped my various schedules, I thought it would be a good time to share some of it with you.
For the past three and a half years my handmade business has grown from a hobby-based whim to a full time job. It didn’t just grow by happenstance; I had a plan.
This plan changes every year and involves daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks. Yearly accounting and taxes must be done. Holiday planning begins in the summer and each year I set myself a goal of a skill I would like to master. Last year it was cold-forging, this year it’s soldering.
Monthly tasks are scheduled for different weeks of the month:
- The Feral Newsletter must be written (Subcribe here: http://eepurl.com/ADxaX)
- the Birthday Club must be alerted. (Are you part of the fabulous Birthday Club? Special birthday greetings and savings await you! To join, send an email to feralstrumpet.info @ gmail.com with FERAL BIRTHDAY as the subject and the day and month of your birth as the content.)
- And of course there is the Google Analytics glean once every full moon, give or take a phase.
- make orders and new stock
- log expense receipts
- blog (or try to!)
- source supplies,
- take and edit photos.
- post new listings to http://www.feralstrumpet.net as well as Etsy
- schedule interesting social media posts for Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook. This is something that has definitely changed over the years. Facebook and Etsy have changed their policies and attitudes toward mirco businesses, and the one-woman shop has to invent other places to be seen and heard..
- And somewhere in the week a day must be devoted to self-care and nurturing the creativity that drives it all. This is definitely new this year– I’ve learned this is a necessity.
There are also tasks that must be completed daily:
- Emails answered
- orders wrapped up
- Packages taken to the post office
- inventory updated
- As well as a monthly and weekly tasks broken into doable chunks on an ongoing basis.
The first thing I do every morning is write out these “chunks” with a big circle next to them. I number these in the order they must be done and I get to colour them in when they are completed. I find this totally satisfying and necessary before I move on to the next task. It’s the little things, right? And it’s been little things, or big things made little, that have allowed me and my business to flourish.
Maybe that’s why I love making momento mori inspired jewellery– they are a reminder that how you spend your limited time gives life meaning!