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As any person who handcrafts and sells will know, October/November/December is the busiest time of year! There is lots to do, loads of places to go and a couple of times you are sure that you passed yourself on the way there. You really don’t know what day it is and you just plod on moving from one to do list to the next. So what happens in January? I think this is the point where we all differ.

Personally, I’ve been that busy for the past 3 months comes that when January happens and all the pressure and deadlines disappear I spend the first couple of weeks wondering what hit and generally flapping around like a fish out of water. Thankfully this year that didn’t happen for as long a period of time 🙂

I decided that this year instead of wasting my time I would use the time productively. I have made a ‘plan’ …. I am going to use this time to work on ‘business stuff’ including a series of webinars hosted by the Design Trust and #getintoaction . I have also been trying to design my collections for the coming year. I am not going to reveal them just yet though. Instead I’m going to release them steadily throughout the year. I am also going to teach myself some new techniques, so far I have taught myself how to tube set stones (more about that in another post) and next up is flush setting. This will enable to be able to offer more services and provide jewellery that literally sparkles. I’ll still probably stick to my delicate designs, but with just a touch of something extra.

I really want to try to improve my organisation skills when it comes to my Folksy store and I am even toying with the idea of opening an etsy store too, one goal of mine for this year is to improve my sales online.

So that is pretty much what I have been up to and what I hope to get up to. I have my goals for the year set out, now I just have to work out how to put them into action.  Do you have goals for the year? How do you feel about the January lull?

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