Today I want to write a thank you to all my customers, my accounts, and art show jurors who accepted my work. I probably should add a thank you to my biggest fan, my mother, and my groupie/intern/woodworker-in-a-pinch husband. Sales have increased, and I think the quality and creativity of designs is representative of me.
It might not be for everyone, but it’s nice to run your own business. When I started the jewelry designing it was a hobby, but I did intend for it to become a fully fledged business. For those just starting out with their own companies, be prepared to give it time. I’m still not at the capacity I plan to be some day, but the growth has been incredible the past few months.
It still is lots of hard work bit it is exciting when that work begins to pay off, and it becomes time to juggle a host of professional things like meetings with galleries, e-mails from prospective accounts, and art show acceptance letters. It’s nice when finally after years of promotion, marketing, and networking that people start to come to YOU, contact YOU, and seek YOUR work out.
Today I need to visit a gallery and bring work samples, I sent off my wholesale sheet to a prospective buyer, am putting another order in the mail to a customer, am paying my sales taxes for the half-year, and probably should make some more pieces as well.
So thank you to those who have been supportive. Thanks to the bloggers, twitterers, facebookers, and others who have helped with marketing along the way. Thank you for those who have purchased. Thanks to customers who left glowing feedback. Thanks to art show patrons who made selling outside in rain, heat and wind a little more fun, and thank you to anyone who believes in and supports small and independent business owners!
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