What Motivates YOU to Carry On?

When your business is not panning out as planned, how do you get past it? When you work hard on a task only to feel unhappy with the results, how do you get past it? When you become overwhelmed, how do you bring it back to the basics and and carry on? We all have those days we’re human We all have those days, may be weeks when uncertainty creeps in and messes with all the belief we have in…

6 Ways to Differentiate Yourself Online to Attract Your Ideal Clients and Customers

One of the biggest challenges creative entrepreneurs face when it comes to marketing online is how to stand out among the thousands of other creatives who offer a similar product or service. Even though handmade goods and creative services by their very nature can be unique, if you’re a crafter, designer, maker or other creative entrepreneur trying to get traction for your business online, you’ve still probably noticed how much “competition” you have. The problem is, if you’re indistinguishable from…

What to Create When You Don’t Know What to Create

When we identify ourselves as creative people but can’t figure out what to create, it may often indicates a block that is stopping our creative flow. Once the block is identified, sometimes the best thing to do is to keep creating. Why? Because, as Maya Angelou, puts it so well, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” We live in a society that has taken a passive, watching stance to life. We watch reality…

Feature Friday: Something Special Bears

Today’s 34th Feature Friday is all about cute adorable teddy bears, created by Tania.  She shares how she came by her skill set, where she started out and her most recent yet awesome goal achieved. Business Name: Something Special Bears Business url: www.somethingspecialbear.etsy.com Blog url: www.littlevintagecottage.blogspot.com Name: Tania Pelletier Where are you based in the world? United States/Washington State Tell us about the person behind the business – You: I started making bears about 13 years ago, completely self-taught. At first I…

Are you Afraid to Market your Business on the Move?

When was the last time to marketed your business while you were out and about? Does it scare you or break you out in a sweat of the thought of talking to people face to face? If the answer is yes then you need to decide if you want to push your business and yourself out of your comfort zone or not. Being out of your comfort zone means you are progressing to new and exciting areas especially when it…

8 Things to Add to your Successful List

You want to be successful in what you do. We all have a different way on how to measure our own successes. But what can you add to your arsenal to help you make even more success happen for you and your business. Well i hope you can take a few pointers from this great info-graphic which is all about what successful people do. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. How…

Use your Customers Special Day to get Repeat Sales

What special day does everyone have including you? A Birthday, whether you like them or not we all have a birthday each year. Plus we love a gift. So by asking your mailing list for their birth date you can pull them back to your business every year on or around their birthday. That’s what Matalan did with me. I received a birthday card and inside was a discount card offering me 30% of my purchases on selected dates which…

Exploring New Packaging Ideas for your Products

If you follow me over at Pinterest you will know that i like to collect packaging ideas and inspiration. This part of your products final moment before it leaves your hands is still part of you marketing your business. We all know that when you get something we like we tell our friend and family. Then you have a free marketing tool now recommending your products to every one else. Yes word of mouth still works. So this post i…