My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1653: Investing in Your Business

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-13-2015 01:15 PM 646 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had my own business for over 20 years now. It began when I wanted to stay home and be with my son, yet still help contribute to the family income. Since I have always loved just about any type of crafting and creating, I felt that it was what I was destine to do – create and design. 

I won't tell you that I haven't had my rough times. There were those who doubted my ability to be successful (and still do) as well as the time and economic restrictions that are required when maintaining a home-based business. There is no such thing as 'overnight success' as far as I am concerned. Every successful person that I meet is only 'successful' because they were willing to work hard for practically nothing at some point and overcome the pitfalls and struggles that accompany being an entrepreneur. Shortcuts just don't make it, and resiliency is a must. 

Not every idea we have is a 'winner' either. I can tell you from experience that there are probably just as many ideas that I had that 'failed' as there are that were successes. But over the years I have learned not to allow the failures slow me down or deter me from forging ahead. Usually there are valuable lessons learned with each idea we have – whether it is a failure or a success. The way I look at it, if I learned something from an idea that maybe didn't go over so well, it wasn't really a failure at all. It was a valuable lesson that (hopefully) taught me to be a better business owner and make better choices in the future. These are necessary for our growth and I feel that it is truly important to remember that without taking some risk and venturing into new territories, it is very easy for a company to become stagnant in this ever-changing world of ours. We can't be afraid to try new things. 

Yesterday was an amazing day. Throughout the course of my daily routine, I got an idea. An epiphany, if you will. I realize something that may really help to expand our business and help it grow. It is not necessarily a 'new' idea (or one that is new to a crafting industry) but it is as if the puzzle pieces just fell into place and while I have been aware of these things for quite a while, I haven't really put the pieces together with our own business before in the way that I thought of yesterday. I must say I am excited. 

The idea took some investing on my part, as things such as this often do. But the investment (and accompanying risk) is relatively small to the potential return that we will possibly realize. It is pretty cool when I think about it. And while no investment of this type is 'guaranteed', it is such a small risk that it is certainly worth a shot. So I am going ahead with it. 

I don't mean to be mysterious about it but until things are more in place I am not going to share it with you. There are so many variables at this point that sharing would only be guessing and until I have a clearer picture of things myself, there is no need (or desire for that matter) to muddy things up at this point with speculation.  I probably wouldn't have mentioned it at all, but it occupied much of my thought process yesterday and I awoke early this morning because my head was spinning with ideas. So I am hopeful and excited that this will be something wonderful for all of us. 

I suppose the point that I wanted to make in today's post is that you shouldn't be afraid as a business owner to invest in yourself. Yes – sometimes there are risks involved. Sometimes things don't work out like you plan. But if you don't have enough faith in yourself to follow through with your ideas, perhaps you should focus on doing another job. For if you don't believe in your products or yourself, how can you expect your customers to do so? It really is that simple. 

So that is all I will say about it for now. I promise to keep you posted as to the progress of these new ideas. But just as I do, you need to wait until they are ready to be presented. I believe they will be worth the wait. 

For today, I wanted to also introduce a new pattern plaque set that Keith finished up and put on the site yesterday:

He created this beautiful SLDK627 - Christmas Carol Word Art Pattern Set #1 for you to scroll saw. As with all his pattern sets of this nature, each plaque pattern is available individually as well as at the discounted set price. We hope you like it. :) 

Today is a rainy and dull Friday morning. The sun has come up, but it is still not even that light outside. I don't really mind though, as I will be spending the day drawing and hopefully cutting some things out for orders. I have quite a few things to go out on Monday and I also want to cut some of my new ornaments out as well. 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Happy Friday to you! 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 01:44 PM

Since you have so much time LOL, maybe you should write a book about how to start a home based business. So much of what you say is very true and might help some people who seem to think that all they have to do is create a web page and watch the money roll in.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 01:54 PM

Well, Kepy – that is kind of why I started (and continue to) blog. I started here over 1,600 entries ago after I answered my phone and the person on the other side was amazed that they were talking to “me”! LOL! At the time, I had about $6.00 in my checking account and found it amazing how people perceive us as home businesses. Many think it is all glamour and as you said – starting a web site and spending your day making trips to the bank. It is SO not like that!

That is why I continue to post both the bad and the good. I share the good decisions, but also the not so good ones with everyone publicly in hopes that they can learn from MY errors or achievements and that they can somehow apply my experiences to their own lives and businesses.

I know I don’t always post just about woodworking here, but I do get incredible feedback on my posts both privately and publicly and I do feel that sometimes I make a little bit of a positive difference in someone’s life. My blog has over 3,000,000 reads here on Lumberjocks along (WOW! I just checked! I don’t usually look at those numbers!) and I post the blog in five other places than here. I suppose I am reaching people and they keep coming back.

So this is my book to you all! Every day adds to my story. I would have never believed I could still think of things to write about after over 1600 entries. But as long as I keep living and growing, I still keep learning and hope others do as well.

Thank you for being along on this journey with me and stopping by. :) I feel like we are old friends!

Have a great weekend!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 11-14-2015 03:53 AM

Keith’s plaques are beautiful as always. He does a great job on them. Looking forward to following you further into your journey of discovery and new ideas!

-- Anna

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 02:12 PM

Thank you, Anna. You have a great weekend. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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