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Every Day is a Promise!

Jewelry Hand-Crafted With You in Mind. That is what Every Day a Promise is all about. Creating lovely jewelry items that will be a delight to wear is my passion! Each piece is carefully made with great consideration given to style and wear. Why purchase commercial jewelry in the mall that everyone else is wearing when you can have something unique and hand-crafted? Make a statement with your style choices! Everything you see on my site is purchasable through my Etsy shop. I also do custom orders for weddings and other special occasions, and you can contact me here or on Etsy to make arrangements!

I am writing this blog in the hopes that it may, in some small way, help someone who is launching a small business, either on a local level or on the internet. While these observations are things that I have found to be true for me, I hold no degrees in marketing or business management. For professional support or legal advice I would urge anyone to seek out someone in your local area who has expertise and can advise you as to the correct approach you should take. This blog is merely my own observations based on my own limited business experience. I am loving every minute of it! I wish you great success in your future endeavors!
Monday
May122014

Happy Spring!

Well it has certainly been a while since I have posted here, and it was a long, cold winter here in Upstate New York. We do get those, but this one seemed to go on a bit long, and we are only now, almost in the middle of May, seeing our grass needing to be mowed, our Spring flowers emerging, and warm temps!

Every Day a Promise is entering a new phase in our business development. We will soon introduce our new banners here, on Etsy, and on our Facebook page, which are being created by a very talented graphic designer from www.espalant.etsy.com! I am also excited about the coordinating business cards that we will have! And, we are developing some new designs in our jewelry, which will be coming out in the near future. There will be pics on here to follow as soon as possible!

This past year was successful for our business, and we did well in our local shows. This year we have expanded our participation in shows on the local level. We love to be a part of, and support, the local economy. This is National Small Business Week here in the US! We encourage everyone out there to get out and patronize your local artisans and local businesses. They pour into the economy of your area, and create employment opportunities for others!

Stay tuned for new updates!

Tuesday
Jan282014

Papers!

So here I am, deep into assembling the paperwork to finish out the year. Papers galore, because I like to have hard copy of things. Every bill printed out month by month. Every receipt for purchases of jewelry-making supplies set into order by month, and soon to be, by date. It's a love/hate relationship for me. I detest paperwork, but love when I manage to do it, and do it well. As I am working on that, I also have jewelry on the tray waiting to be finished, a list of things that I need to accomplish in this week, and several ideas simmering for things to create as soon as I can assemble the things needed to do so. There are a multitude of items that need to be re-organized, counted, and inventoried for this new year of 2014, and I will be learning and implementing a new bookkeeping program in order to better run my ever-growing business more efficiently.

It really helps to set things down in print and see what needs doing. And so, I take these few minutes out of an otherwise super-busy day to type this, knowing that I shall be very happy to re-visit this post when these tasks have been completed and I am able to check them off of my list.

Now, back to it all I return, printing out any hard copies I may need in order to compile my summary. Ever forward!

Friday
Jan242014

Wrapping Up 2013

Now that its January and the books are closed on 2013, it's time to update the sales ledger, finish up all the sales tax information, and generally set in place the business plan for 2014. Everything will be printed in hard copy (I know it's old fashioned, but I like something I can lay my hands on in the event, no matter how remote, that I might need to produce it), placed in order by date, and carefully filed in separate envelopes by the month they are from. The information will be tabulated in order to file State and Federal Income Tax in a timely manner. When all that is done, then we can truly move forward freely into 2014.

Next will be an assessing of the successes of the previous year and why less-successful endeavors might have had a better outcome. Nothing is as important as taking a real objective look at your business, listing things that have worked and things that have not, considered the effectiveness of the record keeping and how that can be improved/updated, and the list goes on. My business will be officially 3 years old as of the month of March. I want this next year to be the very best ever, and need to make some changes in order to help that along. I do strongly believe that if you feel that you are doing something that God wants you to do, it will be a success, but only if you do what you need to do and hold up your end. I can't expect God to bless my business if I don't put the proper effort into improving and maximizing every area of it that I am able to. I have done well in these last 3 years and seen growth in each one. This new year will bring the greatest growth yet! I better be ready!