With owning a handmade business, I am always learning something new. And lately it seems I have been testing myself on how much I can actually do. I want to participate in every LBF opportunity, but realistically, as of right now my business is run by me, myself and I with the occasional help from a couple family members.
I'm learning it is ok to say no sometimes.
Recently, I have been excited to see LBF grow. I have dreams for where I want to see my business go, and taking risks, putting yourself out there and working hard is a part of this.
I've had a couple marketing and store consignment opportunities come my way that I was super excited about. I am always wanting to reach a new audience and my first reaction is to always hop on board. I've realized that by myself, I can not yet take on all of the things I want to. Instead, I need to choose the better business decisions for right now. Does that mean I can't try again in 6 months? Absolutely not. I think the best thing I can do for my business is to treat it like a business, but make smart choices creatively, financially and realistically...
Then I can see where LBF can really grow.
Sometimes saying no, or passing on one opportunity, makes way for something new. Something different, and something better suited for your business. As soon as I started questioning if I could really take on another consignment store, I was emailed with requests to place another wholesale order to a store I sold wholesale to earlier in the year. That same day...I got another wholesale request in my inbox.
One door closes, another door opens, right?!
Learning to say no, I can't leave my studio today because I have a lot to work on...is OK.
Saying no to a store consignment offer is OK if you think it will be a lot more work than you have time available. More opportunities, exciting opportunities, will keep coming around if you keep putting yourself out there. Until then, I am still learning my limits and finding more efficient ways to run my business and make my products.
"...Treat it like a business and it will produce like a business. Treat it like a hobby, it will produce like a hobby. Don’t be afraid to delegate things so that you are able to focus more on using YOUR talents on income-producing activities..."
-Jaima of Ring Around The Rosies.
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