As a ‘seasoned’ business person (heehee) I am starting to feel more attuned to the seasonal shopping shifts. Not being a big shopper myself, it could almost be easy for me to overlook the rushing about that happens, come November, in our sleepy town. With October here, I am starting to think about building some inventory so that I might be even just a teeny bit ahead for the holidays this year. I can’t even believe I am talking about the holidays (I was just swimming in the lake last week!), but I had a customer just this week though, mention that her purchase was a Christmas present. It is never too early I guess.
Last year was my busiest year of business yet, and this year has shown incredible growth as compared to all previous years. Until I hire some help, I need to work on a new strategy for how to gracefully handle a season busier than the last.
I am also making efforts to improve my studio. I have been working in my little loft space for about 2 years now, and in some areas it looks like I just (haphazardly) moved in. There have been evolutions, rearrangements, lots of additions of shelving, but it is still somewhat of a semi-finished ‘project.’ It’s a challenging space to work with – oddly shaped and with no full height walls – but as my business has evolved I have honed what tools and materials I use and don’t use, so there is a lot of room for refinement and clearing out. This refinement should leave me a lot more room to spread out.
I made a decision recently, to spend at least 10 minutes each day organizing and clearing out, and if there was more time on any given day, I would spend more. I have made a bit of headway with that plan, and am feeling pretty excited about it. If anyone has any great tips they’d like to share for keeping organized and managing your time with a really busy schedule, I’d love to hear. Sometimes the simplest ideas go a long way.