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Years ago, as new goat farmer, and as an owner of a business, I nearly toppled over with the desire to soak up as much information as I could.  The more I read, the more I wanted to learn. There was (and is) passion and vitality behind all of that!

This week’s Handmade Chat hit a home run with me.  Based on the strong momentum on the chat floor, as we discussed books throughout the hour, I was not the only person in attendance that was ready to run out to the library, or to the book store, to pick up a major list of new books!

Thank you Alyssa Middleton of @highwireinheels, for leading the wonderful chat!

Need I say more?

Here is a small sample from the chat:

How do you have the time to read when running a business?

  • @highwireinheels Even reading for 30 minutes, can help start your day right & give new ideas to think about/implement.
  • @INDIEassist This is a huge challenge. It needs to go into your Google calendar with everything else. Respect your own time!

The entire chat flowed with book recommendations and tips, too many to list here, like this one:

The transcript from the chat can be downloaded here.  If you are looking for a list of excellent books for a small business entrepreneur, start with printing the transcript!

I will lead next week’s #Handmade Chat, Thursday, 8/9/2012, at 8 p.m. ET, How To Manage Unhappy Customers.

We, the Handmade Chat team, look forward to seeing you there!

Mary Humphrey

http://www.anniesgoathill.com

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planning productivity www.anniesgoathill.comIn any given business day – one hour slips by, then two, then three.  “Oh goodness, I am tired now.  And, you know, tomorrow is a new day.  Who is going to know that I didn’t spend any time on my business today?”

I can honestly say that I have been there.  It is very easy to not stay committed when I am only answering to myself.  But, am I answering to just myself? No.

I have customers that want great soap.  I have followers on Twitter that are not going to be interested if I only post tweets one day a week.  I also have products to market.  None of it is going to happen if I, or my help, do not implement plans.

So, what keeps me on the ball? I facilitated the #HandmadeChat this week, Organizing Your Day For Small Business Productivity.  I shared some of my tactics, and many others shared their terrific productivity tips too.  Here are a few of them:

Q1 WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK YOU DO DAILY TO ENSURE YOUR BUSINESS RUNS SMOOTHLY?

@anniesgoathill Planning. Plan ahead! Do not operate without a game-plan. Time is money.

@INDIEbusiness Each night, I write down what specific things I will get done the next day. Keeps me on track, helps me avoid distractions.

@SkinCaringSoaps Set up my priorities for the day… Goals ahead of time.

@anniesgoathill Remember the keys to time management: planning,organization, and action.

Q2 HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH TASKS TO PRIORITIZE
WHEN THE LIST IS SO LONG?

@anniesgoathill Determine which tasks are vital to the successful operation of your business.

@INDIEbusiness For business, I generally prioritize the tasks that lead most directly to money.

@AstridaNaturals I try to tackle anything that directly leads to customer satisfactionearly in the day. Answering questions… etc.

Q3 HOW DO YOU FOLLOW A TASK TO COMPLETION, EVEN THOUGH YOU WEAR SO MANY HATS AS A#SMALLBIZ OWNER?

@anniesgoathill Once a task is scheduled, make it your appointment. Stick to it.Stay focused. Your time is valuable.

@donnarosa Break larger projects down into smaller tasks. Or pick one large project and focus only on that.

@highwireinheels I have to use self talk because the multi-task demon tries to make me start on something else.

Q4 HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE TIME FOR SOCIAL MEDIA?

@anniesgoathill Social media is an important way for your business to publish content and interact with others

@SoapCoach Every day while I check my emails or once I am done with everything else.

@INDIEbusiness I don’t think about scheduling time for “social media.” I think about scheduling time to market my biz.

@anniesgoathill Schedule your Twitter, Facebook, and other social media time in blocks. 10 mins morning, 10 mins afternoon.

@anniesgoathill If you want personal social time, limit it to lunch breaks and after working hours.

Q7 WHAT THINGS HAVE WE NOT DISCUSSED THAT YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS AND ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS?

@anniesgoathill  Difficult as it might be, when you leave the office, say goodnight. Tomorrow is a new day. Enjoy life!

@bubsandscrubs Protect my health and energy levels. Need the strength to keep things moving.

The entire #HandmadeChat transcript can be downloaded here.

I hope you enjoyed this chat, and if you did, I hope you join us join us on Thursdays at 8pm ET and follow @HandmadeChat on Twitter

The next #HandmadeChat will be held on 7/26, 8pm, ET.   Melissa Rivera will facilitate Attracting Companies To Sponsor Your Website.  Hope to see you there!

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work at home mom www.anniesgoathill.com

Successfully mixing the daily schedule and responsibilities of a home-based entrepreneur with raising a family entails energy and precise organizational skills.  This weeks #HandmadeChat addressed how to blend parenthood with entrepreneurship and achieve positive results.

Here are some hi-lights from the discussion:

@bathbodyacademy HOW CAN YOU LEVERAGE YOUR CHILD’S NAP SCHEDULE TO GET MORE WORK DONE?

  • @bathbodyacademy Schedule tasks to be done during nap time. If there’s no plan, the time will slip away too easily.
  • @bathbodyacademy Work in ‘chunks’ -write 1 week’s blog posts in 1 sitting instead of many tasks that use different parts of your brain.

@bathbodyacademy: WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING A MOM ENTREPRENEUR?

  • @bathbodyacademy: Satisfaction that I’m making difference in the world while setting an example for my kids, making money all at once!
  • @INDIEbusiness: Enjoying life, setting a good example for my kids. The fruits of combining passion and labor.

This was a helpful discussion for parent-preneurs, with insights into time management that were also valuable to those (such as myself) that do not have young children under-foot.  A full chat transcript is located here.

The facilitator of this chat was Alyssa Middleton, owner of Bath and Body Academy, where she offers entrepreneur coaching and consulting services, and products at Vintage Body Spa.

Thank you Alyssa! And hat’s off to the many work at home parents around the world!

Don’t forget to join us next week on the Indie Business #HandmadeChat on Thursday, 8pm EST.  I will be the co-host, leading a discussion on “Organizing Your Day For Maximum Productivity.”

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It was a super Indie Business #HandmadeChat, led by La Shonda Tyree, owner of Handmade Soap Coach, Topic:  Content Marketing Using Blogs and Email Newsletters.

As small business owners, we really can get hung up on what to write about, what to share on our blogs, and how to find content for our email newsletters.

The chat hour flew by, with tons of great questions, responses, and recommendations that helped clear the air on small business content marketing.

Here is a sample from the chat:

@SoapCoach –

Q5 DO YOU SHARE PERSONAL LIFE EVENTS IN YOUR
NEWSLETTER OR BLOG? HOW DO YOU DRAW THE “PERSONAL
LIFE” LINE?

@Anniesgoathill – 

A5 Some personal information is good content. People get to know
who you are, what you are about. (Yes, I do hope people do feel as if they know me through my content writing!)

@INDIEassist –

A5: Absolutely – a personal connection to a brand is a powerful force.
Perhaps THE most powerful connection. (I love this! Small business has a distinct personal opportunity, advantage, over very large businesses.)

If you missed the chat, you can download the transcript:  HandMadeChat-2012-07-05-transcript.

Join us at the next Indie Business #HandmadeChat, Thursday, 7/12/2012, with Alyssa Middleton of Bath and Body Academy, topic:  How To Manage A Business As A Mom With Young Kids.

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I attended the Handmade Chat (#HandmadeChat), How To Make Money Teaching DIY Classes, hosted by Donna Maria of Indie Business (@INDIEbusiness) on Twitter,  June 7, 2012.  The guest was LaShonda Tyree (@Soapcoach), the owner of Handmade Soap Coach.

Before I go any further, I must say that I am so enthused that the Indie Business Handmade Chat has fired back up!

I love a good Twitter chat.  Why is that? I always learn something new.  I always make a new friend or business contact.  I always come away from the chat with a renewed perspective. There is nothing like a group of people sharing their thoughts, ideas, and expertise.  It simply rounds things out! It is a great tool for business.

So, what were some of the hi-lights from this week’s Handmade Chat? I will sum it by posting a few of the questions and answers!

INDIEbusines question Q2:

WHAT ARE YOUR BEST TIPS FOR STARTING TO TEACH #DIY CLASSES WITHOUT BEING OVERWHELMED?

LaShonda answered A2A:

Don’t try to teach everything at first. Choose what you’re best at, do it well.
Focus on your strengths.

I love this response! Those of us that enjoy creating handmade products often learn the hard way to not make everything that we love.  We learn to keep it simple.  We learn to sell what we are good at creating.  Apparently, where DYI (do it yourself) classes are concerned, it is also best to streamline only to what we are best at!

INDIEbusiness Q3: WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES TO MAKING A PROFIT TEACHING #DIY CLASSES?

LaShonda answered A3a: Charge what you’re worth. So many undercharge, and end up barely breaking even or losing money. Do the math!

Again, this holds so true for the handcrafted industry.  Charge what you are worth, what your products are worth! Handcrafted soap, for example, is a luxury.  Handcrafted soap takes time to make (market and package), and contains ingredients that are expensive and sometimes unique.  It only makes sense to ask for the full value of your class, your handmade product, or for your service.  This is very important!

LaShonda added A3c: Be sure to charge a materials fee so you don’t eat that cost. People often overlook this!

I love LaShonda’s point here.  A handmade instructor, or even a handmade product maker, should always include all of their materials in the price that they set.  Every penny counts!

I am preparing to offer handmade soap and lotion classes locally.  Thank you to LaShonda Tyree, the Handmade Soap Coach, for sharing your expertise!

The full transcript to this Handmade Chat is available here.

Annies Goat Hill (@anniesgoathill) will be the guest on next week’s Handmade Chat (June 7, 2012 at 8:00 EST).  We will be talking about How To Include Milk In Handmade Soap.  I look forward to it! I hope to see you there!

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I love a good Twitter chat! The scoop is a person can learn so much valuable information and make fantastic business and personal connections while participating in the chats.

I am thrilled to be a part of the upcoming Indie Business Handmade Chat which was designed for people who make and sell handmade products, and for retailers who like to carry handmade products in their locations.  The chat schedule is as follows for June:

Thursdays 8 to 8:30pm EST
6/7 – La Shonda Tyree (@soapcoach) – How To Make Money Teaching DIY Classes
6/14 – Mary Humphrey (@anniesgoathill) – How To Use Milk In Handmade Soap
6/21 – Alyssa Middleton (@bathbodyacademy) – How To Approach Retail Stores To Buy Your Products
6/28 – Melissa Rivera (@natgoodsoaps) – How To Use Herbs And Natural Colors In Handmade Soap

For more detailed information about the #HandmadeChat topics and the fantastic small business owners leading the chats, check out the Indie Business Blog.

 

 

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