Actually I’ll start this post on a positive note. I finally succeeded in getting my transfer at work, I’ve been trying to make this happen since the advent of October (yeah, it’s been that freaking long). Anyway, I’m thrilled with the new situation, but there is a catch. My work schedule is going to be a killer for a few weeks before it evens out. Due to this, I am not going to have the time to post for a bit & must take a few weeks off from this blog that I love. I will miss sharing, but there is little I can do at this time.
I have been with Kitsy Lane for a long time, at least as long as one could be with such a fledgling company anyway. I stumbled across it nearly at the beginning. Originally it was a wonderful shop with way too many pieces to select anywhere near all of them for my boutique. The past little over a year I have watched the potential stock dwindle from well over 500 treasures to a bit over 100. A while back they stopped hosting the newsletters, so when they did choose to run extra sales it was unlikely to be noticed. The sales they have chosen to run, since last year are advertised after they expire. The vast majority of the selections cannot be placed in my weekly flash sale, as their prices do not actually reduce. While they always had a small percentage of good quality pieces, now that the number of pieces has dwindled to nearly nothing there are really very, very few that are worth purchasing.
I sent an email to my concierge a bit back to inquire about the total lack of attention from HQ & all they had to say was (paraphrasing here) too bad, we’re making money doing other things. It really breaks my heart that I have to leave them, having been so devoted for so long, but what else can I do at this point? I’ve sensed this moment coming for quite some time & the inevitable has finally come.
Jewelry has been my life for many years & until blogging came into my life it was also my only job. Now that my schedule has been cleared I will be focusing a lot more energy into my blog & instead of posting every other day as before, I will be posting 6 days a week. At this point it will be one post for each of those days, until I get into the swing of that hustle, it’s possible that there will be multiple posts in a day in the future, but this is what I can guarantee for now.
I appreciate you, my lovely readers, for taking part in this point of transition in my life. As always my heart is with you all. ❤
Every day seems so hectic as I research & prepare my for each week of posts, in addition to my daily & weekly promotion of my boutique. Not only do I have to write each post but then I fill endless hours with trying to attract new readers across social platforms, while keeping an eye open for other methods. I am rather pleasantly surprised I have managed to stay on top of my schedule.
In order to maintain this pace I have to prioritize my daily goals & organize them into a daily to-do list. While this strategy may seem a little rigid it’s actually quite flexible as each moment of my day is not strictly regulated, so as things come up the flow of my day is not disrupted. Accomplishing the highest priority items on the list are where my energies are focused into first.
Meditation is a must to keep my mind sharp & centered on the task at hand. I spend 20 minutes a day at this, 10 shortly after I wake & another 10 about midday. I try not to meditate too close to sleepy time as it can increase the instances of insomnia by its restful & almost nap-like features & I have enough trouble with that on my own. lol
When things decide to spiral out of control for a day the most important thing of all is to not panic. Nothing ever gets better while I freak out, so it’s best to remain calm, no matter what life has chosen to throw at me at the moment. Sometimes you just have to let the day flow the way it wants to rather than force your own will onto it.
I am so grateful that you, my lovely readers, have taken a moment out of your, no doubt, equally busy day to commiserate with me at this time. 😉
The setting of goals & creation of plans to achieve them are the most efficient way to manage our time & resources. So I’m going to take a few minutes of my lovely readers’ time to talk about this subject. I’m sure we’ve all seen references to SMART & whether you have or not, that’s what I’m going to focus on.
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound
Specific: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
Measurable: Establish a method for charting progress.
Attainable: Focus on what is most important to reach for.
Realistic: It’s best to set a high goal that you are willing to work for & are able to achieve.
Time-bound: No time frame, no immediacy to attain anything.
That’s a pretty complete & comprehensive summary & I don’t want to bore anyone by droning on. Come see me sometime at my boutique. 😉
If you’re like me, you want your treasure to maintain their initial luster. Cleaning costume jewelry is not quite the same as cleaning the real deal, so I’m going to give you my tricks to keeping my pieces at their very best.
First, for the sturdier pieces of your collection you’ll simply need a soft cloth, a toothbrush & some toothpaste. The kind of toothpaste matters not, for this any type works equally well. Spread some of the paste over your treasure, then scrub it with the brush, after the thorough scrub rinse it off in lukewarm water, then dry immediately. Make sure the piece is completely dry, any remaining moisture can leave marks or cause overall degradation.
For your more delicate treasures you will want to take a much more careful approach. You will need a soft brush, a can of compressed air & a soft cloth. After a careful examination of the piece use the brush to gently remove any debris that may be present. If this doesn’t quite do the trick you can loosen anything that might still be clinging to the piece with the compressed air. When using the compressed air make sure that you hold it about an inch away, any closer & the pressure could dislodge the cut glass or crystals used in its construction. After using the compressed air go back over the piece with the brush. The cloth can be used to buff the shine back into the jewelry as a finishing touch.
If your more delicate piece is being especially stubborn use some lukewarm water on the brush before going over it again. Should this not be enough use a small amount of soap diluted with lukewarm water on the brush. Rinse afterward & quickly dry the treasure with a soft cloth.
Remember to visit me at my boutique sometime for your costume jewelry needs ^_^
When you commit to working for yourself it is critical that you set goals & put forth the effort to achieve them. Always make a plan so that a course of action is laid out for goal acquisition. Setting a schedule is perhaps the next step that must be taken, once established only adherence will bring success.
I keep a busy schedule of social advertising & have recently started blogging. Only through my sustained efforts am I able to accomplish anything worthwhile. Slacking off on my plans can only send my business into a downward spiral that could ruin everything i have worked so hard to create for my family.
Plans themselves have to be reviewed, for they may not be as feasible as first thought. While working your business enough is of vital importance to your success, you can’t work yourself to death either. You have to go with what works & throw out whatever does not. Running any kind of business is a learning experience, no matter how much business schooling you may have had before beginning your journey.
As always keep the dream alive & do what must be done to get there. If you’re interested in adding another income stream you may consider working with me & opening a boutique.
This in an important part of life & there are so many suggestions on this topic, so many are good but not necessarily the right fit. I work from home, which presents a large set of difficulties when balancing my work with having a life.
A lot of people suggest unplugging for a while to promote relaxation, but I don’t find that to really work for me. I enjoy using some of my personal time gaming & video games do not function well without power.
I try to use a simple strategy & maybe it will work for you too:
Organize: Plan out work time, family time & personal time with the understanding that a certain amount of flexibility is a prerequisite to make it work out.
Meditate: I try to meditate at least 5 minutes every day, it helps to sharpen my focus & keep me from having a stress melt-down.
Play: Critical that play time happens, seriously what is the point of living if there is never time to enjoy it.
Focus: When work time rolls around I put most distractions to the side & get it done. I say most because I come from a large family & I will go crazy without TV or music in the background. Growing up in chaos has conditioned me to do my best thinking with a chaotic background.
Reevaluate: As with any plan, every now & then it needs to be looked over. This is the time when I eliminate anything that isn’t working & develop new strategies if needed.
Making resolutions may have fallen out of style for individuals but it’s always the in thing to do for business. After careful consideration I have put together a list of goals or “resolutions” for 2015.
I resolve to provide greater support for boutique owners who have signed up with me by spending more time guiding them in managing their shops & assisting them with creative advertising strategies.
I will increase my sales by at least 10% in 2015 by further reaching out to the communities at large both in my local area & on the internet.
I will improve the excellent customer care by paying closer attention to the needs, concerns & desires of every one of my customers.
Just a few thoughts & plans to implement in the coming year. I hope the new year will bring you all wonderful blessings. Sign up to Orbb’s Fashion boutique, check out the beautiful jewelry, or set up your own boutique.
Setting up weekly flash sales is a must when running your own Kitsy Lane boutique. I have noted that some people like to choose their items the week before, but this has bitten me on the behind so I usually select my sale items within 24 hours of the deadline. Too many times I have made my selections early only to find that many of the items I had chosen were sold out by the time my sale started.
Only 12 items can be marked for flash sale each week. There are times that it is easy to fill & you will wish for more than that & there are other times that it’s difficult to find enough items for it. Your boutique will always have well more than 12 items, but not all items will reduce their prices when added to the flash sale. I’ve taken a few screenshots to illustrate, the button outlined in red is the one you would click to add to your flash sale & the number outlined in red is what the price will become while the item is in your sale.
Unable to place on sale, price does not go down:
Unable to place on sale, was in last week’s sale:
Perfect sale item:
On occasion there is a glitch where an item is included in a sale that comes from corporate HQ, rather than your sales, where the price would actually be higher if purchased from your sale. It can also be frustrating to have an item in your sale be added to a corporate sale the next day or really any time during your sale, because the item appears to be the same price on or off your sale, giving the illusion of there being no discount when the price is actually much lower than you could make it for your own sale.
After I make my selections for the coming week I like to take a screen shot of the collection, because the Kitsy Lane basic flash sale image is quite boring for social media advertising. In order to capture all items that will be in the upcoming sale in the same image I have to zoom the image out, do my screen shot, paste it into an editor & crop it down to just the items. Then I remove extraneous things from the image like my button selectors & usually the regular price. As final touches I often add cute little images & some text that goes something like this:
Date – Date”
An example of a recent sale pic I used:
I did actually commit a small error in that sale pic where I accidentally covered one of the prices, but no one is perfect & the image is still catchy. Just in case you’re wondering, I use 2 editors to make my images. I run Windows 7 which came with Paint, because Paint is not great at high quality graphics I only use it to paste my initial screen shot & then to crop the image down to the sale items. I like to consider myself frugal so all of the other edits are done in Gimp which is a free, open source image editor that I find quite handy for putting together a lot of pictures.
Sign up to Orbb’s Fashion boutique to work with me, or just to browse & buy if you like. 😉
Enticing new customers is a large part of the jewelry business, but in the mad dash for more sales we have to take the time to remember your existing clientele. Providing excellent customer service & pampering those who have proven their loyalty to your shop is always important. This is especially critical during the holiday season when everyone is so stressed out trying to find the perfect items while trying to ensure things arrive on time.
Keep a steady dialog with your regulars. Take the time to recommend products that you think will be of special interest to them. Always, always, always listen to any problems they may have experienced & do everything you can to make it right. When codes are available to distribute, remember first those customers who most frequent your shop.
Taking care of your existing customers goes a long way to keep them coming back to you for their jewelry needs & their word of mouth advertising never hurts.
If you’re not signed up already come check out my boutique!