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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.
As a small business coach specializing in empowering product-based entrepreneurs like you, I get it. The hustle, the passion, the drive to create and succeed—it’s all part of the thrilling journey of entrepreneurship. But let’s talk about something equally crucial: work-life balance.
Work-life balance isn’t just a buzzword; it’s the art of nurturing your business while also nurturing yourself. Think of it as a delicate dance—a beautiful fusion of your professional ambitions and personal well-being.
For handmade business owners, this balance can feel like trying to spin a dozen plates at once. Your craft demands attention, your customers crave quality, and your business needs to thrive.
But here’s the secret: a balanced life enhances your creativity, productivity, and overall success. Let’s look at some ways you can achieve this boss lady “zen” state of mind.
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Start by setting clear boundaries between work and personal life. Define your work hours and stick to them as much as possible. Just as you allocate time for crafting your products, allocate time for yourself and your loved ones.
Imagine this: dedicating a specific chunk of your day solely to your craft and business operations. This focused time ensures productivity without bleeding into your personal life. Once that time’s up, switch gears.
Embrace personal activities guilt-free, knowing you’ve honored your commitment to your business.
As a handmade business owner, you might want to oversee every stitch and stamp. But I’m here to tell you – delegation is the name of the game!
Surround yourself with a reliable team or outsource certain tasks. Ask friends and family to help, or find a Virtual Assistant online that can take menial jobs off your plate.
This frees up your time, allowing you to focus on what truly matters—crafting and steering your business toward growth.
For instance, consider hiring help for administrative tasks, social media management, or even production if feasible.
Delegating doesn’t imply losing control; it’s about leveraging your time and skills efficiently.
Ah, the wonders of technology! It’s a handmade business owner’s best friend.
Utilize tools and apps that streamline your workflow. Whether it’s project management apps to organize tasks or scheduling tools for social media posts, these technologies can be game-changers.
But remember, technology is a tool, not a taskmaster. Don’t let it engulf your personal life.
Set boundaries on when and how you engage with work-related tech to prevent it from encroaching on your precious downtime.
Crafting isn’t just about creating tangible products; it’s an extension of your passion and creativity. And to keep that fire burning, self-care is non-negotiable. That’s why I talk about it so much on my Instagram (you are following me, aren’t you?).
Explore activities that rejuvenate your spirit. It could be taking a walk in nature, indulging in a hobby unrelated to your craft, or simply spending quality time with your loved ones.
These moments replenish your energy, sparking fresh ideas and fostering a healthier work-life balance.
Work-life decisions aren’t static; it’s a balancing act that requires constant evaluation.
Reflect on what works for you and your business. Tweak and adapt your strategies as needed to maintain that balance amidst evolving demands and priorities.
Remember, the goal isn’t perfection—it’s progress. Embrace the journey of balancing your entrepreneurial dreams with a fulfilling personal life.
As a handmade business owner, work-life balance isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. It’s the glue that holds your business aspirations and personal joys together.
When you find that equilibrium, magic happens—your business thrives, your creativity soars, and your personal life flourishes.
If you’re looking to turn your craft hobby into a viable business this coming year, then you know there’s a lot of “business-y” stuff to get done. Taxes, URLs, DBAs…it’s enough to make your head spin!
I created the Business School for Makers to help you get through all that “business-y” stuff like the boss that you are. It’s got everything you need to get your handmade business up and running on the right foot.
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!
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