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My affiliate application with Billy the Tree was finally accepted. I absolutely love their site, so many beautiful treasures! I’m going to showcase a few of their affordable pieces. There are many, many affordable jewelry pieces but the site does range all the way to (insert expletive). They also have free delivery on US & Canadian orders, on orders of $45 or more free shipping outside of those two nations. A few extra dollars & they’ll even gift wrap for you. 😉

Earrings1) Sea Turtle Dangle Earrings Sterling Silver ($9.95)
2) French Wire Fashion Earrings with Shell and Glass Beads ($10.95)
3) White Glass Pearl and Black Bead Fashion French Wire Earrings ($12.75)

Necklaces

1) Black Macram Fashion Necklace with Wood and Shell ($8.95)
2) Multicord and Wood Bead Fashion Necklace ($12.50)
3) Rhodium Plated Crystal Ring Fashion Necklace ($15.95)

Bracelets

1) Multistrand Turquoise and Gold Bead Fashion Stretch Bracelet ($9.75)
2) Adjustable Macrame Multistone Bracelet ($12.95)
3) Gold Tone Sea Shore Themed Stretch Fashion Bracelet ($13.95)

Rings

1) Solid Black Jade Narrow Band Ring ($10.98)
2) Purple CZ and Crystal Fashion Ring ($15.39)
3) Glass Rose Ring 925 Sterling Silver ($19.95)

Anklets

1) Brown and White Wood Bead Fashion Anklet ($8.50)
2) Double Strand Wood Bead Fashion Anklet ($8.95)
3) Rhodium Plated Shell Anklet 925 Sterling Silver ($14.95)

Toe Rings

1) Silver Rhodium Plated Shiny Cuff Type Toe Ring w/ Small Drop Heart w/ White Cubic Zirconia ($10.95)
2) Silver Rhodium Plated Shiny By Pass Like Toe Ring w/ 1-flower w/ 1 Cubic Zirconia ($11.95)
3) Celtic Design Toe Ring with Pink Crystal 925 Sterling Silver ($12.50)


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2 Days Only & Only Online

One of my favorite shops, Lane Bryant, is running an online sale for the next 2 days. Get $50 off a $100 purchase by using the code FUNDAYLB at checkout! There are other perks for hopping on this deal, free tote with purchase. Valid to 5/24 in store and online. Here are a few of the new arrivals you might want to take a look at 😉

Tassel Necklace

Beaded Wedge Sandals

Fringe Earrings

Print Top

Stretch Bracelet

Coral Shades

Deco Maxi

Fringe Necklace

Lane Bryant

The Long Haul

Planner

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.

Finding Work/Life Balance

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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.

2015 Resolutions

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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.

Weekly Flash Sales and Getting the Word Out

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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:

Sale Example 01

Unable to place on sale, was in last week’s sale:

Sale Example 03

Perfect sale item:

Sale Example 02

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:

“Flash Sale

Date – Date”

An example of a recent sale pic I used:

24 Dec 2014 FS

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. 😉

Tried and True

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Jewelry Shop

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!