Well, I am just back from nearly two weeks away from my home, away from making jewelry, away from everything, visiting family out of state and camping with dear friends. My take-away from this? Vacation is great for your soul, but very hard on your business.
In order to keep an internet presence up and running, I have been busily promoting my jewelry in blogs, local shows where business cards have been collected by many potential customers, on Etsy, Twitter, and various other outlets where people would find my little shop on the webs while they are looking through thousands of jewelry items. For the last two weeks, all that effort ground to a total halt as I ran away from reality into touristhood with my sweet husband, leaving all stress behind. We had a FABULOUS time!
Returning is another story however. Upon my return, I found that my little shop was in serious disrepair, as many listed items had expired and I had not been around to renew them. It looked positively bare as I checked it over for the first time in so long. Tumbleweeds were in there (after a fashion!)! I am now busily picking up the pieces and getting things back into full availability, although it seems to be a daunting task. Immediate progress came when I returned to Twitter and Facebook, letting people know that Every Day a Promise is still alive and well, albeit perhaps needing a bit of dusting off...
My newest challenge begins tomorrow, as I go on a short but necessary "vacation" due to having to have my dominant wrist injected with cortisone. How shall I deal with this? Well, I will need to avoid putting any stress on that hand/wrist for a few days at the very least while the joint recovers from having a needle invading it. No jewelry can be made for a week or maybe more. I have planned for this though, in that I have kept aside many new items that need to be photographed and listed on Etsy. My other hand can deal with this and the injected wrist will be under no stress using the sweet (but excellent) little camera I use for my business to take pictures. My other hand can also do the necessary typing, although typing with one hand can be exasperatingly slow!
As hard as my vacation was on my internet business, continued, steady promotion will build up the traffic again. The unfortunate timing of the wrist injection will have an impact, but when that wrist recovers it will be so very much better that production will be in a painless full swing in not too long a time, which is great since we have another local show in August! If you need to get away from everything in your business and take a vacation, be prepared to scramble a bit when you come back to the "reals", because that is what you will need to do. However, if given the opportunity, I would do it all again!