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Thursday Thoughts: Plan of Attack

In less than three weeks, I’ll be on a plane to Florida.  I’m  not sure which I’m more nervous about: dealing with the TSA or meeting my Spousal Equivalent’s mother.

So, to keep my mind off these particular terrors, I’m going to spend March concentrating on business planning, organization, and new product creation.  I have spent/am spending this week getting my studio cleaned up and organized, and on Monday I’m going to post some pictures here so you can see what it looks like.  Too bad I didn’t think to take some before pictures, because it’s a pretty dramatic transformation!

Now that I have a much more workable space, I’m ready to get back to the One Hit Wonder Project.  However, since I will be shutting everything down for the week I am in Florida, it seems better to just wait and start everything up again after I return.  This will also give me some time to work ahead, having things ready to go so it’s just a matter of a few clicks to get things posted.  One of my goals is to always have two weeks worth of posts completed, so that I’m not scrambling at the last minute to get something up because something unexpected happened (like the Invasion of the Snot Monster) and I wasn’t prepared.  Therefore, the Project will start up again on April 4th, after I get back from Florida.

I also want to start introducing new products.  I have a lot of ideas: more bracelets, earrings, framed prints of some of my Badly Drawn Designs, Rewondered clothes (reworked and upcycled from used items), clothing and costume pieces inspired by items available in the City of Heroes costume creator, altered art collages featuring motivational quotes… just to name a few!  The widget on my website shows the last 25 items I added to my Etsy shop, so my plan is to create 25 “samples” for each idea and post one set every Tuesday, beginning April 10th.

The other big goal for this month is to rework my business plan, and see what I can do about getting some funding.  I’ve been looking into various crowdfunding sites, like IndieGoGo, and I’m trying to figure out the best way to present my ideas.  Should I look to fund the entire business or try a series of smaller campaigns for particular new product ideas?  What kind of perks can I offer to entice people to donate?  If you have any ideas, I’m happy to hear them!  And if you want to donate something now, you can do so via my ChipIn. 🙂

I will be keeping you updated on my progress this month, and posting some teaser pictures as I get things done.  I’ll also put up a poll asking which of my ideas you’d like to see first, so please be sure to check back often and give me your vote!

But for now, I need to get back to sorting beads!  😀


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