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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.
Even though it’s the beginning of February, you may feel as if you’re still struggling with holiday stress. It can be tough to shake off the hustle and bustle, but avoiding burnout is crucial to our business success.
As we juggle the demands of our handmade businesses, it’s so important to prioritize self-care. So grab your favorite cozy blanket and let’s chat about avoiding burnout with some self-care practices tailored just for you.
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Running a handmade business is like crafting your favorite creation – it takes time, dedication, and a whole lot of heart. But amidst the hustle, it’s easy to forget about ourselves.
So, first things first, let’s acknowledge the hard work you’re putting in. You’re a rockstar!
Now, let’s talk about balance. It’s not about working 24/7; it’s about finding that sweet spot where your passion thrives without consuming you.
Set realistic goals, prioritize tasks, and allow yourself breaks. Your creativity will thank you for it.
One of the perks of being your own boss is having control over your schedule. So, create a schedule that works for you. My favorite way to plan my week is through batching my work. I think it gives you the most “bang for your organizing buck” when it comes to business tasks.
Plan your work hours, designate time for breaks, and don’t forget to include those all-important moments with family and loved ones.
Having a well-structured day not only boosts productivity but also helps in avoiding burnout.
In our digital age, it’s easy to be constantly connected. But here’s the thing, unplugging is a superpower!
Getting one more follower on Instagram is not worth over-extending yourself. Schedule some tech-free time daily to recharge.
Whether it’s a walk in nature, quality time with loved ones, or indulging in a hobby – give your mind a break.
Taking time to plan out your weekly goals will help you create MORE time for yourself. This includes the time you spend online. We talk a lot about using social media to market your products in my course The Marketing School for Makers. But remember to schedule that time, then walk away when your task is done.
As makers, our creativity is our currency. Set aside time for activities that fuel your creative soul.
Whether it’s watching inspiring movies, experimenting with new crafts, or immersing yourself in pop culture – let your imagination run wild.
Consider organizing craft nights with your family. It’s a fantastic way to bond, share ideas, and create beautiful memories. Plus, it’s a win-win – quality time with your loved ones and a creative boost for your business.
You’re a superhero, but even superheroes need a sidekick. Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks that drain your energy.
Whether it’s hiring help for shipping, social media management, or other aspects of your business – sharing the load can be a game-changer.
Collaborate with fellow makers – you can find over 18,000 of them in my Free Facebook group! Not only does it open up new possibilities, but it also lightens your workload.
A supportive community that understands the unique challenges of handmade entrepreneurship is something special. Take advantage of having groups like this at your fingertips!
Positivity is key to avoiding burnout! In the middle of the hustle, it’s easy to overlook your achievements.
Take a moment to reflect on your journey. Celebrate the milestones, no matter how small. It could be reaching a certain number of sales, launching a new product, or simply mastering how to make Reels on Instagram.
Consider keeping a gratitude journal where you jot down daily wins and things you’re thankful for. It’s a powerful way to shift your focus from what’s missing to the abundance in your life, fostering a positive mindset.
Remember this – your well-being matters. If you ever feel the burnout creeping in, take a deep breath, revisit these tips, and remember why you started this beautiful handmade journey.
Being part of a community of makers is a great way to keep burnout from creeping in. Join my FREE Facebook group dedicated to handmade business owners like you. You’ll find support and like-minded makers, as well as tips and guidance to help create a business that BLOOMS!
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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