Crissy Says

Putting Some Motivation Into Your Monday

Happy Monday Morning!

I went looking through the Indie Biz Chicks archives for some great motivational posts and I found a few that will be great for those of you who need a slight kick-in-the-pants to get you going today!

Are You Stuck In A Business Rut?

Your Business: Are You In Or Out?

The Power Of Groups

And if you want even more motivation, check out The Indie Biz Chicks Accountability Group! We meet on Mondays in a web room to go over our goals and kick start our weeks. You can choose between 10am and 10pm. A new session is starting on July 5.

As Casie from says “This is my favorite group! It keeps me organized and on track.”   Click Here For More Info!

Indie Biz Chicks Accountability Group

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Managing Your Biz

Help Yourself by Helping Others!

As “motivation week” comes to a close, I have a final tip for you: Motivate yourself by helping others!

If you know of someone who needs help with a project, offer to help them. You can do this by offering advice, guiding them through the work, or donating a few hours of labor.

By working with someone else, and seeing how happy they are when the project is finished, you can motivate yourself to finish your own projects!

Now, I’m not saying you should abandon all of your work to go work for free on someone else’s stuff, but if you have the ability and are able to help someone for a couple of hours next week, why not go for it?

If you try it, and it doesn’t inspire you, then don’t keep doing it.

But hey – it’s worth a shot, right?

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Managing Your Biz

Power In Groups!

If you find yourself lacking in motivation, one of the best ways to get inspired is to bounce ideas off someone else. Once you start talking to someone, ideas may come to you that you didn’t even know you had inside you!

Now, if you work from home by yourself, it can be a little hard to do this … in person. But you can easily “talk” with people online!

You can ask for feedback on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, I would be a bit cautious when talking about an idea for a site or product – as someone could steal your idea. The stuff that you put out on Twitter is there for the whole world to see. But asking for feedback on a site or product you have already created is fine.

When I first started Indie Biz Chicks, I joined an online forum called Mom Masterminds. This was one of the best decisions I ever made! There were so many learning resources and I got some great feedback and ideas from the members. (and no, I’m not a mom and you don’t have to be one to join.)

Luckily, I have made some great friends close by who also have businesses. I have come up with many an idea over coffee or drinks with Beth Nixon and Lish Dorset (both of Handmade Detroit.)

If you are not connecting with other business-minded people, you are missing out on some fun – and a lot of motivation!

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Managing Your Biz

Have you been blogging? Or slacking?

If you’ve been slacking on writing blog posts or are just feeling like your blog needs something, it’s time to dust off your keyboard and get Back To Blogging!

What? You don’t know what to write about?  You have no inspiration? No motivation? Well, I can fix that!

Back To Blogging is a 30 day program that will deliver daily blogging tips and challenges – straight to your inbox!

I have run the program in 2008 and 2009 – and now it’s back (with new content) in 2010. Just in time to help you shake the blahs right off your blog!

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Each day, for 30 days, you will receive a blogging tip and a blogging challenge. You’ll have so much blogging motivation running through you, you may find it hard to stop blogging!

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Managing Your Biz

Goals & Rewards

When you reach a goal, you get a great feeling of accomplishment. For some, that feeling is enough of a motivator to help them work their way to that goal.

Unfortunately, that feeling simply isn’t enough for most people….

If you fall into the second category, don’t worry. You are not alone. And there is a very easy solution to your “problem.” Give yourself a reward!

Yes – a reward!

Knowing that you are going to get a prize can make you work a lot harder! It sounds very simple, but it does work!

For example, if you have a project that needs to be finished, and you’ve been procrastinating, tell yourself that you will get a pedicure when the project is finished, or maybe a new pair of shoes, or your favorite bottle of wine.

Don’t cheat!

For this to work, you really have to wait until the project is finished to indulge in your reward!

For a big goal, put out reminders to help you stay focused and on track. For example, print out pictures of your reward and hang them on your fridge or your bathroom mirror. Every time you see them, you will be reminded of what you are working towards and why you are working so hard!

Have you ever done something like this? What were your results? Did this help you work harder and avoid procrastination?

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If you are feeling a little sluggish and need a motivation boost, this is your lucky week! As you can see, it’s all about motivation this week on Indie Biz Chicks!

AND – I have a very special offer for you! For this week only, you can grab a copy of The Year Long Marketing & Blogging Plan for only $10. (Normal price is $30)

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Managing Your Biz

Money As A Motivator

I think that money is one of life’s best motivators!

Think about it, if you had millions of dollars at your disposal, would you really wanna get off your ass and go to work? Probably not. It would be a lot funner to travel, shop, and basically be a rich jet-setter.

Of course, the majority of us do not have that kind of lifestyle… If we want something we have to WORK to get it!

Now, I know that some people view money as a “bad thing” – they think that money is something people shouldn’t talk about, or that it isn’t “right” to make money from their art, etc, etc.

Well, guess what? I am NOT one of those people.

I think we should be talking about money. How to make it, how to spend it wisely, etc.  We are all adults here and we gotta pay our bills somehow. And if someone finds a way to pay their bills by doing what they love, more power to them!

There are a number of ways to use money as a motivator. Add up your expenses and set a goal to earn half of it / all of it with income from your business. Now, be realistic when you set that goal. If you started your business yesterday, you aren’t going to make all of that money tonight.

If you find yourself in a slump and feel unmotivated, picture yourself earning your income through your business. Now, picture yourself earning your income by working in fast food. Which picture is more appealing? Do you feel like working your business now? Thought so!

Do you use money as a motivator in your business? Why or why not? And if so, how do you use it?

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Take a Shot!

I often hear (and am guilty of it sometimes myself) small biz owners say “I’m not a big enough business to try that” or “I don’t have a chance of getting into that”, so they don’t bother to submit articles, send samples to magazines or websites, or try to get their product into that big store they dream of.

The problem with down-playing your business and feeling as though you aren’t worthy of more, is that you are simply hindering your own growth and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy! If you don’t dream big and reach for that dream, then your business will be stunted only by yourself.

Months ago, I saw a request from the giant shopping website, on HARO. RedPlum was looking for submissions for their many different holiday shopping gift lists. As someone that has used their gift lists in the past to shop for my friends and family, I immediately wanted to send them a picture and write-up on my Record Notebooks. Immediately after that, I thought to myself that there was absolutely no chance that I would actually get in their lists…in the past I’ve seen items from Banana Republic, Target and other big corporations on RedPlum. Still, I thought I should send them an email anyway. Maybe someone in the office would think my notebooks were neat and buy one, so I took a shot.

Weeks later, I got an email from RedPlum. They were interested in seeing a couple product samples to show test panels. Again, I thought “I’m just one person, a woman making these in her kitchen. I don’t have a shot at this. But maybe the test panels will like it, and I can make a few sales!”, so I sent them two of my favorite notebooks.

I was completely shocked and wonderfully surprised to then receive an email from their editor that they loved my samples and wanted to include my notebooks in RedPlum’s 30 under $30 Editor’s Choice Gift Guide! Not only was my small business included in the list, but the website would be hosting parties all over the United States for top bloggers to see the products included in that list! I was getting free exposure to hundreds of bloggers, and then through RedPlum’s website for practically nothing. I said to my husband “If only they knew I’m not a huge company, I’m just a girl working out of her home!”.

The Gift Guide came out this week. My notebooks were number six on the list, right above Demeter Fragrances. I LOVE Demeter Fragrances! I buy Demeter Fragrances! What a compliment to be right above them on this list!

All through this process, I thought it was crazy that I would be picked. That I wasn’t worthy of it, because it’s just me. No employees, no warehouse, just me. Then it occured to me… why not? What does any of that have to do with it? I make a great product, and one that a lot of people love. It doesn’t matter how small time I am, not to my customers and not to bloggers and not to RedPlum. What is important is that I make something people like. And the more people are exposed to it, the more sales I have, and the possibility of this tiny business that I have can grow.

So take that chance, even if you don’t think you have a chance in hell! Who knows what can happen, just dream big and keep telling yourself that it is possible, and work towards it! Everything that you can do and try is worth the time, and you are worthy of it!

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How to Make Working From Home Work For You

Four years ago I quit my day job to start my dream job – working for myself. My plans in college while studying entrepreneurship were to open a vintage clothing store, but five years later I had changed my mind and with my husband I started a vintage clothing website instead. It was a major change for me; I went from a job managing a store for someone else with a staff of thirteen people to working by myself at home in our second bedroom. Talk about an adjustment!

It took quite a while for me to settle into my new job. Being at home so much, I sometimes had the tendency mix in personal errands or housework in the middle of my work day. I realized that work and home were blending into each other more and more, and decided to set ground rules to put a stop to it.

Most of it was common sense, but to take a step back and look at your own habits and tendencies can be difficult. I incorporated much of what my previous job was like into my new job, and my productivity (and sanity) increased dramatically.

Below are some of my “Reware Vintage Standard Operating Procedures”. If you work from home, either part-time or full-time, try incorporating these into your work habits, and they just may help you with your business!

– Get ready for work. Get dressed, eat breakfast and prepare to go into the office. You may not have to drive to your job, but you still need to get ready for work just like anyone else. No working in your pajamas!

– Don’t let work take over your home. Try to keep an “office area” in one room, and make the rest of your home…your home! If you must sew on your kitchen table, do so, but put the sewing machine away when you are done. Making dinner will not be nearly as fun or relaxing if your machine is staring at you in the corner of your eye begging you back to work!

– Don’t feed the stereotype. You will undoubtably have friends and family in your life that will make comments that you don’t have “a real job” or that work can be put on hold at their convenience. Don’t encourage it, and always correct it. Your job is just as important as anyone else’s, and just as serious. Yes, you can move around your schedule if necessary, but don’t make it a regular habit or let anyone think it can be.

– Punch the clock. Set a time that you begin work, and a time you end your shift. When you are done working for the day, shut down your computer and close the door. You are done working, and that’s that!

– Take a lunch. It’s the law that businesses have to give each employee a lunch break and a 15 minute break for every shift for a reason. Everyone needs break times away from work to relax, reenergize and recoup! Take a lunch, and not hovered over your desk answering emails.

– Finally, get out of the house! A lot of women who work from home turn into hermits over time. Don’t be one of them. Make sure to get out of the house at least a few days a week – and going to the post office to ship out orders does not count. Pick an activity that will get you out and being sociable – Join a club, go shopping, or have dinner with a friend. You deserve it, hard working lady!

Have some other tips to share? Please add them in the comments for everyone to read and benefit from!

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