Welcome back sisters!
Following on from my Happy Highlights post – where I reflect each month on the small things that made me smile and the big things that I achieved – today I want to zoom in a little closer to focus on my Sunray Sister 2017 business goals, and think about where to go next.
From now on I will be doing these goals reviews every month (on the Sunday after Happy Highlights), in order to closely assess and re-evaluate my goals (business and personal) as the year progresses.
Here is my original list of goals, as explained in my 2017 business goals post:
- Focus brand on spreading positivity through creativity
- Write business plan
- Stick to products which are sewn/made of fabric
- Use reduced and sustainable packaging
- Create YouTube videos
- Have 60+ items in Etsy shop at one time
- Have 50+ Etsy sales
- Get public liability insurance
- Have a stall at 20+ craft fairs
- Get products in at least one local shop
- Attend 5+ Etsy seller monthly meet-ups
- Increase social media following to 300+ on each platform
- Use a social media strategy
- Write blog posts at least one week in advance
- Gain 20+ WordPress followers
I have highlighted the ones which I have already made some progress with, and will discuss further below…
Write business plan
At the end of January I attended a Prince’s Trust Explore Enterprise course, which focused on starting a business, and gave us all the tools to go away and write a business plan. Since then I have had a 1-1 meeting with a mentor, which gave me a much-needed boost. I now have more clarity and enthusiasm to continue with my ideas, get serious in terms of creating a business, and get back to making products and art again!
Stick to products which are sewn/made of fabric
Even though I have not yet made many new products, I have been focusing on my sewing behind the scenes, and showed a few examples at my first ever exhibition as Sunray Sister a few weeks ago. At the same time, I have realised in the last week that I really want to create drawings and paintings to sell too! Don’t worry, I have a plan for the art to work alongside my dolls. All will be revealed soon.
Create YouTube videos
I have definitely achieved this one! On Valentine’s Day I launched my first video, and have been creating one video per week since then (expect last week!) Check out my channel and be sure to subscribe to support this new branch of my creative tree! Find my latest video below:
Write blog posts at least one week in advance
This goal hasn’t quite been met. But it is certainly at the front of my mind. Writing this blog feels so important, natural and fun to me. I have started planning my weeks more thoroughly overall, using the ‘bullet journal’ system, and just need to find a good time to focus on blog writing.
Gain 20+ WordPress followers
It may not seem like much, but I now have six followers here on WordPress, and this means so much to me. Clicking subscribe means you believe in someone, and want to support and see more of their content. So thank you, thank you, thank you a million times! If you are not subscribed, what are you waiting for? Simply find the little blue follow button in the menu, or click follow in the bottom right corner if you are already signed up to WordPress.
A few small steps. A gradual journey. It’s hard work, but it is so important to keep my eyes and mind open, keep reflecting, make changes if something isn’t working. And keep going.
I hope to see you again this Wednesday, when I will definitely have a new YouTube video! (It finally uploaded after a few failed attempts!) Have a brilliant start to the new week!
Peace and love,