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Taking Care of (my) Business

Hello friend! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE reading about everyone’s New Years resolutions and goals! However, I am also aware of the very small percentage of resolutions and goals that are ever achieved. Something that dramatically increases a goals likelihood of being accomplished is the simple act of writing it down. I think you see where I am going here…

This year I am resolving to focus on improving 5 different areas of my life. Today I am going to kick off a week long series of posts about why I have selected these goals and exactly what I am hoping to accomplish. The first 2015 goal – “Growing my Business.” 

Sunflower Paperie Blog - Grow My Business

In May of 2013, I opened the Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop. I had made decorations for several friends parties and had toyed around with the idea of an Etsy shop of some sort for years, so at the prompting of friends and family I listed some products and opened my shop. Imagine my shock, when 3 days later I had my first sale! I still clearly remember my first customer and the joy I felt helping her plan her sons first birthday party. From that day forward, I was hooked! What is more fun than helping others celebrate birthdays, baby showers and weddings?!

Over 500 sales and almost 2 years in business later and I am ready to elevate my business to the next level. This coming year, I want increase the number of sales I have on a weekly and monthly basis in addition to expanding the line of products I offer. I want to grow my business, all while maintaining a high level of customer interaction and excellent customer service. In order to achieve these goals I am going to have to think strategically (what effort yields the most results) and consistently “work” my business like I do my day job.

Here are the mini goals I have identified to help me achieve the bigger goal of “growing my business”:

Work Sunflower Paperie like a part-time job. This means penciling into my planner a minimum of 20 hours each week to focus on my shop. Big thanks to my friend, Jennifer Kennedy over at Teach Good Stuff for sharing this concept with me.

Exceed 1,200 sales by the end of this year. This equates to roughly 52 orders per month. I averaged 23 sales per month in 2014, so I essentially want to double the number of orders this year (eek!).

Design a line of digital products for my shop.

Create a community on my blog. 🙂 

Implement a consistent and strategic marketing plan. I want to build relationships with business owners and brands I admire and spotlight them in this space.

Whew! I am both excited and nervous about putting these goals in writing (and on the internet!)! As I mentioned in my sneak peek 2015 goal posts, my five big goals for 2015 are going to guide the content I share on the blog with you, so be on the look-out for updates.

Not super interested in business related goals?! Never fear, tomorrow I am going to outline how I plan to “get healthier and take care of myself.”

Happy 2015!

Sunflower Paperie blog - Cheers to the New Year!

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but there is something that seems extra exciting about 2015 (perhaps it is my preference for odd numbers?!) or perhaps it is just the general excitement that comes along with the idea of “starting fresh”!

Overall, 2014 was pretty great, but I am definitely excited to see what 2015 holds. As I grow my blog, I would like to develop some common content themes. It dawned on me the other day, that perhaps my goals for 2015 could also help guide the content of my blog. Since these will be the items I am focusing on (and would like accountability in achieving), it seems like a pretty natural fit. Below are the 5 major areas I am going to be focusing on this coming year.

1. Growing my business

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

3. Having FUN / doing things that make me happy

4. Re-connecting (or staying connected) with family & friends

5. Being more creative

Next week I will be sharing longer posts about each of these goals and how I plan to achieve them. In the meantime, I am going to break out of my brand new paper planner and start sketching out the year!

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are your goals for 2015? I would love to hear about them in the comments!  

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