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Hi! I’m Lucy.
Chardonnay and vintage finds lover, founder of the handmade jewelry brand bel monili *and* your new guide to making your handmade business WORK online.
Running a handmade business can be fulfilling and rewarding. You’re your own boss! You make things every day! People actually PAY you for what you create! But it can also be challenging. Taxes, emails, inventory, photos, and more are your responsibility. Whether you’re creating your products from scratch, managing your online store, or handling administrative tasks, it’s essential to have strategies in place for maximizing productivity.
When you’re productive, you can get more done in less time, which leaves you with more time to focus on other aspects of your business, like creating new items, marketing and sales.
There are many ways to be more productive, but some of the most effective methods include setting SMART goals, time blocking, and using time management tools.
Let’s get cracking!
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One of the best ways to stay on track and be productive is to set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
SMART goals provide clarity and direction, helping you focus your energy on the most critical tasks that will move your business forward.
For example, if your goal is to increase sales, you could set a SMART goal of increasing sales by 10% in the next quarter. This goal is specific (increase sales), measurable (by 10%), achievable (with the proper marketing and sales strategies), relevant (to your business goals), and time-bound (in the next quarter).
To set SMART goals, start by identifying what you want to achieve. Then, break it down into specific, measurable objectives. Once you have your objectives, create an action plan with specific tasks and deadlines.
Another great way to be more productive is to time block. Time blocking is simply scheduling specific times for specific tasks. When you time block, you create a to-do list with set times for each task.
Time blocking can help you stay focused and avoid distractions. It can also help you get more done in less time.
To time block, start by listing all the tasks you need to complete. Then, estimate how long each task will take. Finally, schedule specific times for each task on your calendar. I like to use different colored blocks for different types of tasks.
Many different time management tools are available, such as to-do lists, calendars, and project management software. These tools can help you stay organized and on track.
Here are some you can try:
And here are some additional tips for maximizing productivity as a handmade business owner:
Remember, being productive is a journey, not a destination. There will be times when you’re more effective than others. The important thing is to keep learning and growing and to find what works best for you.
If you’re just starting your craft business, I have a guide that will make you instantly more productive! Called the Craft Business Kickstarter, this self-paced guide will get your business off the ground faster and easier. Check it out through this link; you’ll see how it will help you FINALLY get your business going!
After running bel monili (my handmade jewelry business) for 10 years, I launched Bloom in 2019 to create a community where handmade business owners could learn, grow, and support each other in this wild venture of small business ownership. Welcome to Bloom!