Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I'm a bad host!

Sorry Ultimate Blog Partiers, I am a bad blog party host this year! This week has been a bit of a mess for me. For one, I'm in the middle of doing taxes. Doing taxes if you're self employed is NOT fun, especially when you have inventory stuff to deal with. Can you say nightmare??

I'm also in the middle of a new advertising thing. One of my goals this year is to start advertising our business. We've been extremely blessed in that our first year (half year, really, since we didn't officially open until the summer) went really well! Starting any business, especially online and especially in a competitive field such as artisan jewelry, is hard. It's usually a rough start. So we definitely feel blessed that our start up went well! But now that we're settled in and starting to get established, it's time to start growing and you need advertising for that. So this week I have been designing a graphic that will be used for it a coupon thing we're participating in. Since I'm participating, I will have packs of coupons from all sorts of indie companies. These coupons are awesome! Our customers can have the opportunity to get a pack if they want, and maybe I'll send some to my bloggy friends if any of you like to support indie companies. Just let me know.

Let me tell you, this whole advertising thing is very scary to me, even though I'm choosing fairly cheap advertising routes for now. But it's still money invested that you have no idea whether or not it will give you a return. I don't like risks! That's why I don't invest in the stock market. But investing in advertising feels almost as scary as playing the market to me. So it is a big step, and one I hope you will cover in prayer. :o)

I donated a prize to the Ultimate Blog Party list. We're number 147 on the list if you want to check it out.

There are also a billion and one other things going on right now, so I'm very scatter brained at the moment. Lots of stress! Hopefully I'll survive 2008. lol


Heidi @ GGIP said...

We haven't done our taxes yet this year. That is kind of scary considering that we're going to have a baby soon. It is on the agenda for this weekend.

Good luck with the advertising. I'm sure there are all kinds of scary things that you need to learn with a business.

I'm going to check out your prize. I have gotten barely any party guests. I haven't been able to visit too many either,b ut I was surprised!

Jessica Morris said...

I am actually secretly hoping I win those earrings... I know I said they're a bit big for me, but I would wear them, just not as often as I would the ones that I ordered instead - but it would be *so cool* to win them. But I suppose I should be nice and hope that someone who doesn't know you wins it, so that it'll be an avenue for more business for you! :)

I can totally imagine the advertising being a scary step - I would be so like you if it were me!!

The Rock Chick said...

Let me know when you have everything ready for your advertising burst!!! I will gladly post all of it on my blog! Every piece I have ordered from you has been gorgeous!!

Kim said...

March 14 has come and gone - did you get your answer??