So…it’s now March 22 so I have been working on my blog or a whole 3 weeks! I am committed to learning and have not only been learning WordPress…slowly but also I’m trying to learn as much as possible about the online space. I have worked in the online arena before developing the theonlinebusiness.com.au and I recommend taking a look at that site but things move so quickly…. in a week there’s a million new developments. How to catch up?! The key is… to take it one day at a time. I will also talk about new developments in my business but we’ll get to that.
So the online space… I eventually want this blog to be choc full of content…. to look professional and be a great resource guide and community for women in business. So…I have committed my time to the blog and online tutorials. I am working towards doing a course in website development but by the time I start it (June) I may (A) Have enough info under my belt to get lots out of it or (B) Not feel it necessary I’ll deal with that when it happens. In the meantime I’ll share my experiences. What a difficult task I have set myself. Anyone that has dipped their twinkle toes into online tutorials and education knows what I’m talking about. My friend Libby spent 9 months! Nine months teaching herself all she could about social media platforms and then went onto work in social media so it’s great to chat to her about her experiences. I am using WordPress tutorials to learn a beginners guide to html and I’m already stuck! So I’m delving into online support forums I feel like an obvious fish out of water…. but who cares you have to just start! The other reason I want to educate myself in the online space is that even though I have worked online before I don’t really know how to do much? I can tell you what your website should do, and know how a good website should look and operate but I can’t actually do any of it. SO…to add to my skill base and because it’s relevant to me and my bsuiness I’m going to learn as much as possible…helping myself and my business in the meantime. Imagine the savings being able to build your own website and the income you can generate building others.
The Business Development:
So I always seem to attract people who would like to start a business or who are at the very beginnings of their business. They come to me for advice and moral support. I’m not a business genius by any means but I have done a business course and I have gone through a very detailed business plan process. Couple this with my generous helping of common sense and practical thinking and I’m good at doing for others what they can’t do for themselves…. “see the forest for the trees” it’s easy for me to step back take a look at their ‘idea’ and after talking with them and going through progress to date I can come up with a business ‘timeline’ for them. I have a good head for marketing, I’m progressive and most importantly I want to help. I want to see others succeed.
So… I’ve realised I need to make a sort of timeline template that I can input each business pathway into. It’s great fun…you get to research these different ideas and markets and you learn lots in the process. So that one new development for my business that I’ve stumbled upon…. now to develop and create. Remember it’s not that easy doing this for your own business…. so each new find is an exciting step in your own development.
Today I also learned how to add the below video to my blog…. take a look, it’s informative and will lead you off on an interesting online adventure of discovery and information prospecting!
Remember “smarter not harder”
One of the things I really wanted to do when starting this blog was to share online tips and resources with you. The reason being is that A. most of us struggling start-up business women have nigh money for (luxuries) like beauty up-keep skincare, make-up. I recently went makeup shopping at a couple of chemists on my street even though I knew I could get it cheaper online but i was desperate and couldn’t wait. The point being…I’d waited sooooo long to replace said dead makeup due to finances that it was do or die time. Ok die might be extreme but you try leaving the house at night sans no mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, self esteem…. ANYWAY I digress. So anyway I want to share with you all my little finds and these finds will hopefully cover way more than beauty products. ANYTHING worth mentioning, any bargain I can find I will share….and I’d like you…when YOU start reading this blog to do the same. The other part to this post is resources…. I’m always pointing people in the right direction to do this or that, this is the right organisation they have the best…..you get the picture. So I will also share resources with you…and I’d like you to do the same. I read somewhere on wordpress about a new widget or feature they introducing where users can start interacting with one another on a blog and sharing this kind of thing, the idea was to start a community….when I’m ready that will be on this blog and we’ll get the SWB community happening. Anyway the tip today is http://au.cosmeticsclub.com/ this site is the Australian Edition of the (probably US brand) but what I did like about it is that when you join you get a $5 voucher to shop and the will do all the hard work for you buy lisiting all the brands and great sites you can shop on. With just a little research you can find the cheapest deal…. hey it all helps!
I’m going to ask my super talented friend Nicole to start posting some beauty tips and more online shopping guides for you cos she is the discount queen!!! She has a ebay store called ship hot prices and boy does that girl know how to spot a bargain and get value for her dollar! She also is well versed in all things beauty and has never sent me a stray yet!In fact I can safely say that she was doing the online shopping thing way before it was trey cool AND she always looks great!
Till next time SWBers remember smarter not harder……
So today’s date is March 6th 2012 and what’s happened to our SWB idea and what are each of us doing as of….now? Well Emma the pocket rocket is still doing great guns with her business Wildseed and is on her (i’ve actually lost count) upteenth trip OS to restock her Wildseed range. Which she then sells at various markets across Melbourne. I’m hoping she get’s her online store up and running ASAP and puts more energy and finances into this….remember smarter not harder…. but she’s doing very well. Libby after spending some time unemployed and discovering what it is exactly she wants to do with herself, decided on Social Media…. pretty much trained and taught herself as much as humanly possible and now works as a Social media Manager for an online store….and is doing very well. I have one very valued client and have been contracting to a company I used to work for to supplement my income. I hate working for that company and I really need to find something else and have been meaning to start this blog since last month.
Here’s the thing…. personally I have had a bit of a trough with my business since getting off to a great start last year…. but I want to talk about it cos I’m certain I’m not alone.
I think in hindsight my passion or need to quit my job, get some control in my life and find out what it is I really want to do with my life was also probably heavily tainted with me needing a rest. The last 3-4 years of my life have been emotionally draining and physically demanding with working fulltime and being a single mother to a teenager who has had more than his fair share of difficulties. Thankfully for now things are looking up and said teenager is now a young man of 21 and getting his life together. Couple this with bad relationship breakdowns and debt you start to get a little weary…..
I think to be honest when you lose this kind of control in your life you need some time, some how to stop for a minute take a breather and re access. Unfortunately my trial by fire decision (see Serena Star leonard, How to retire in 12 months) to quit my job…. meant quitting with no savings…. or very little, plus a credit card…. not a great start! In truth had my level of passion and drive continued I probably would have been okay however finding more and more time on my hands kind of meant I gradually slumped into a kind of a funk where I was guiltily loving the time and resenting having to do anything about getting more money coming in…couple those things with my increasing uncertainty of what it is exactly I’m doing and want to do… I haven’t exactly continued my great head start! So for the first time in my life that I can remember I suddenly find myself bereft of any real direction and just surviving….getting by AND taking the kind of work I HATE and quit in the first place just to ‘survive’ arrgghhh square one!!!
So here I am. I did have a plan and that plan meant starting this blog late Jan early feb so I’m a little behind on that one but more importantly it meant continuing with the SWB meetings…. this hasn’t happened. We’ve tried but it’s been difficult with everyone’s schedules…. that’s something that really needs to change. I also have an opportunity should it come to fruition to start a secret women’s business online TV show with eyeworld tv I contracted to them as a producer with Playing The Game hosted by Wayne Carey and Mick McGuane not long after quitting my job. My pitch to them meant getting this blog up and running first so i could have a foundation and audience for the show. Still a great idea and opportunity but a fair way off yet.
For now I’m just glad that I’m getting my mojo back. I still have uncertainties and am not 100% certain that I’m on the right track but I am feeling better just doing something. I have a lot of resources and tips and ideas for this blog that I”d like to share. I think it’s very worthwhile to help others and lend assistance where ever you can. It will take time to build this blog to level that I see…in my head…the visionary but in just 2 days I’ve done quite a bit already.
The motto for this post is this….. even if you lose track and well meaning friends and acquaintances are bogging you down with advice and ideas sometimes you just need to ride it out. It’s not possible or even good for you in my opinion to be always on the go always chasing your finances and dreams whilst coping with day to day living esp when that living gets hard, as it does….. but if you are the sort of person that is willing and able and has in the past being proactive and creative you will eventually find your way out of your slump and will be those things again. So here goes hopefully my journey through this and getting back on track one ay at a time might also inspire and help you. Perhaps we’ll learn a little about ourselves on the way.
Remember….smarter not harder.
Till next time sweet people.