A Lesson I Learned While Crafting A Creative Business

Most creative folks have a common dilemma. Tons of ideas, a need to get them out of their heads quickly and then hurry to the next project, next thrill.

tulip I did not plant next to my front porch stairs. Thanks previous owner.

I am absolutely guilty of being so excited about an idea that I drop what I am currently working on and start in on the new fun pretty things around the corner. Telling myself I will get back to the older project. I have done this many times with small projects, big plans and items in my shop.

Started working on the new and adding them to my shop or even creating a new shop, only to move on to the next project before finding out if what I last created is a keeper.

You can’t rush through life, business or blooming

Perhaps if I waited, took a breath between projects I would have found out a lot more. Learned something from my success or my failure. Instead I let it jump from my lap to flop on the ground and not build upon it. To think of what could have been with some of those projects is forehead slapping worthy and a lesson in itself. If you don’t want to slap your forehead in the future slow down and finish what you start.

The Lesson Learned: Patience. Learning to have patience with myself and my business is constant work. For so long, I have moved so fast onto the next thing without giving it time to simmer and slowly come to a rolling boil, such a hard habit to break.

Amazing what happens when you give it time.

4 Ways that I am incorporating patience into my business that you can try.

  1. Work on one project at a time
  2. Commit to finishing it before moving onto the next
  3. Don’t publish – post or add an item to your shop or blog unless it fits the current mission, theme, style, esthetic
  4. When an idea strikes – jot it down – it will be safely waiting on paper, while you complete your current project.

How can you or have you, incorporated patience into you business?

Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Finally An Introduction: Cultivating A Creative Living.

Hi there, I just realized I hadn’t introduced myself. My name is Tehlia Lauerman, Owner – Operator – Pencil Pusher – and Coffee Go Getter for this site. I have created many spaces for myself online and in doing so I have finally found the 5 things I am passionate about. And Five might be a few to little. If you are smiling you know very well what I mean… Us Creatives have an addiction to creating. With that said, WELCOME again and keep reading ~ ~ ~

Cultivate:

  • To grow or tend (a plant or crop), promote the growth of.
  • To nurture; foster. Form and refine, as by education.
  • To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.

Creative:

  • Having the ability or power to create: Human beings are creative animals.
  • Productive; creating.
  • Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative: creative writing.
  • One who displays productive originality

Entrepreneur:

  • The owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits

Does any of that sound like you? Are you a creative, an artist and seller of what you make or hope to start selling what you make? Do you cultivate, grow and nurture your ideas? I have to say it sounds a lot like me. When I am not in my studio crocheting, embroidering, painting or creating block prints, I am on twitter and my facebook fanpage making announcements and being a social media maven. Then before the evening ends I am creating logos – banners – blogs – websites & fanpage profile/cover images for other creatives.

I love to create whether it is for myself, to sell in my handmade online shop or to help others cultivate their creative dreams. Follow along to get tips on selling what you make, social media pointers and website/blog tutorials along with random adventures around the house, from chickens in my yard, to dogs sleeping on my lap and definitely a dreaded “I hate laundry” rant. Be sure to subscribe, follow *look to the sidebar*, comment, ask questions and share your successes.

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Who Really Owns Your Online Handmade Shop?

Blue Pendant from tehlia.com

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On my days off from the “Regular Day Job” I like to take an hour and read through some of my favorite Handmade Blogs. This morning I came across a post from Handmadeology. It was about Etsy, a shop and what can happen if you don’t read the fine print.

I was just about to re-do my Item descriptions and thought this might be a good read before I get knee-deep into editing and deleting. This post got me thinking even more about where I want my own shop to go. How I want to take it to another level. Be more independent, take my world and own it. It has been on my mind for a while and I have determined it is the next step in my future success. But now I have even more proof that it needs to happen sooner than later.

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This was the HUGE point of the post, along with being prepared for the worst,

“The point of this story is not to bash Etsy as a selling platform. This was a wake-up call for me, and I wanted to turn it into a friendly warning for you. I thought I owned my small business, but by having my only presence on Etsy, it turns out that I didn’t. Etsy owns the shops they host, and they reserve the right to manage them however they choose.”

So while I take a few hours to edit and continue to upload items to my “Etsy Owned” online shop I am searching the web for alternatives to selling Online. Studying the list that Lisa Jacobs from Energy Shop Jewelry & Marketing Creativity has provided. Hop over to Handmadeology to read the entire Post.

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If you make it they will come

photo by Tehia.

Remember the movie Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner plays a family man/farming man, that hears a voice telling him to build a baseball field in his cornfield. Then he waits and suddenly…

Now there is no doubt that you have heard a voice similar to that in your own head. If you create what you love, sell what you love, you will succeed. This is only partly true. Yes you need to create what you love. But you also need to price what you create correctly, take fantastic photos and then Advertise that, YOU MADE SOMETHING AWESOME!

Crocheted Cotton Facial Scrubbies

So once you make that Amazing Scarf, Pillow, Quilt, Coffee Table or Soap you must, MUST start talking about it. On Social Media, on your Blog, to your friends and family. You need to tweet it to the heavens or no one will know you made it. Why? Because they can’t hear the same voice in your head.

Share your tips for getting people to come to your Field of Dreams

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