Mar 15, 2016

Tips on Tuesdays: Part 1

Lately I have had a lot of requests for tips on how to run your own business.
So I've decided to post a few little tips on this lovely Tuesday morning.
Now these are all my own opinion and something that works for me. 
Not necessarily something that works for everyone and every type of business.
 

 
1. It's all in the Attitude
“Your attitude is like a price tag, it shows how valuable you are.”
 
My first little tip in running your own business is having a positive attitude.  I've found that the more positive and supportive a shop is the more I want to shop there. 
 
Plus be confident and know that your shop ROCKS!!
Its so easy to get caught up in the comparison game but honestly this just brings us all down.  Nobody has it all together and nobody is perfect.
 
2.  Picture Perfect
 
This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your business.  Personally I tend to buy from shops with clean and simple photos. 
I pulled a couple of photos of similar items off of Etsy & Ebay to show a little side by side comparison. 
 
Which one would you be drawn to first? Which one looks more professional?
These are things a shop owner should think about when taking photos of their products.  There are a ton of resources on the web with tips and instructions for taking amazing product photos. 
 
3.  Promote, Promote, Promote
 
There are a bunch of ways to promote your brand and honestly you will get nowhere without some form of promotion.  Even if its just word of mouth that is some form of promotion.
 
Here are a few ways to promote your brand:
Join/Host a Giveaway
Send Swag to Events (there are always workshops, shows and more on the lookout for swag for their attendees)
Send Swag to Subscription Boxes
Pay (via goods or cash) for promotion (again there are tons of sites that offer shout outs or connect you with others to promote your brand.  I like to use Hypemarket and Hello Dear Handmade occasionally)
Donate an Item to a Charity Auction
Plus there are a gazillion (my son's fav word) more ways to promote your brand. 
 
4.  Follow Through
 
Running your own business is going to be time cosuming and you have to follow through.  Follow through with getting orders out on time, emailing back quickly, etc. Of course there is always a little leeway when life gets crazy hectic but be sure and let your shoppers know ahead of time.  I of course have failed in this department in the past but as I've taken more pride in my shop I now find it a pleasure to get my orders out on time. 
 
I remember a few years ago I bought an item from a shop and lets just say after 2 months of waiting for the item to arrive I finally took action.  The buyer never responded to any of my inquires as to where the item was or if it was even going to be shipped.  They lost a customer and probably many more if this was their way of doing business. 
 
 
That's all the tips I have for today but I'll be posting Part II next week.
Please let me know if there is anything you'd like me to cover in the comments below or shoot me an email silverscreengem@yahoo.com
 
 
 
 

Jan 12, 2016

I Made a Card!!

Its been close to a year since I've made a card just for the fun of it.
I even used a couple of challenges as inspiration for the card.
Then after that card I made another card!!!
Ahhh maybe this means I'll be making a comeback.
 
For the first card I used the Fusion Card Challenge
 
 
Then I set my heart to making another card and I love how this turned out.


 


Jan 9, 2016

December Package of Pretties Reveal

Did you get to see all the goodies that we're in the December Package of Pretties? 

Each package contained;
Mason Jar by @apartythroughmyeyes
Greeting Card by @purejoycreative
Hoop Art by @earthcookiecreates
Pendant by @kofcolors
Planner Stickers by @djane_addiction
Holiday survival kit by @berkeandbradyjo
Planner Clips by @rubiesandgrace

Look for January's Package of Pretties reveal to be posted next week. 

Jan 3, 2016

2016 Already?

 
2015? Where did you go?
 
I am amazed that this past year flew by. 
I remember my grandmother telling me over and over again how time goes by so quickly when you're older.  This past year felt like it just whizzed right by me.  Now onto the new year and all the goals and expectations one sets for oneself.  I have quite a few and this year one of my main goals is to actually blog more than twice in year.  So be on the lookout for fun DIY, special coupon code and giveaways in the near future.

May 22, 2015

Day Tripping

As a mom of two very active boys I am constantly trying to fill up those extra hours in the day. However I don't have an excess of "fun money" so these little expeditions need to be on the frugal side.   Yesterday my kiddos had a half day at school so it was a perfect day for a little extra activity. 

First we went to the local Berry farm to pick our own berries. The Temecula Berry Company is the ideal Berry farm, clean and well maintained. The boys immediately grabbed buckets and set about filling them. 


After spending about 20 minutes picking blueberries we headed to the weigh station and purchased our berries. We also grabbed a jar of blueberry jam. 



Now it was onto our next stop. The Little Free Library #22195 located on puffin street in Temecula. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of quality books inside this adorable lighthouse library. 

If you've never heard of a Little Free Library then you need to head over to their website and take a gander. The little free library concept is just wonderful. You take a book and leave a book. 

The boys went home with these books and comics. We left quite a few children's books that we'd grown bored with. 

All in all this little venture cost us all of $11 (a pint of blueberries and a jar of jam).  If you don't have a local Berry farm you can also look for Apple farms or strawberry patches nearby. 

What kind of inexpensive activities have you ventured out to do?

May 6, 2015

Rocksbox Review

ROCKSBOX
 

Have you heard of Rocksbox?
It's an amazing service where they send you 3 hand selected jewelry pieces to on loan and then you just send them back when you're finished with them. Its like borrowing jewelry from your sister (if your sister is a fashionista on top of all the trends)
 
Yesterday I received my first Rocksbox and let's just say I think I'll be keeping all three pieces because they are gorgeous. My first box contained a pair of Perry Street lily earrings, Sophie Harper pave bar necklace and Gorjana taner charm bracelet. My hubby and I have date night this weekend and I'm planning on wearing everything.
 
If you're interested in trying this service for yourself I have a code that provides those who use it with 1 month free.
 Head on over to Rocksbox for more details.
Here is my special code: silverscreengemxoxo
(remember to enter it in during checkout to receive your first month free)

May 5, 2015

Bella VoxBox

My BellaVoxBox has arrived!!!
I am so thrilled and was even more excited as I pulled out each item from the box.
Here is what was included:
 
1. Not Your Mother's Deja Vu 'Do Style Extender
@nymbrands
 
2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss
@rimmellondonus

 
3. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
@sallyhansen
 
 
4. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss
@rimmellondonus
 
 
5. EcoTools Complextion Collection Mattifying Finish Brush
@ecotools
 

 
6. Dove Fruit Dark Chocolate covered Blueberries
 
 
7. Club W
Ebay Guides Campaign

 
I received all of these products from Influenster for testing purposes and I am looking forward to trying them all!!