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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!
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!

 

 

Wednesday
Jan082014

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year and welcome to my blog for Every Day a Promise! This year is one I am looking forward to very much! We had an extremely successful craft show season from October through December, and after a bit of a respite we are ready to resume hand-crafting new items and developing new designs that are already percolating along on the back burner.

First item on the agenda is to photograph some lovely new jewelry pieces that we have recently made, and get them listed in our Etsy shop. Second item on the agenda is to wrap up the bookwork from 2013 and inventory what we have in supplies. Amazingly we came out of the year still pretty well stocked. However, we will be ordering new things, as our new designs will require all kinds of trendy and interesting stones, beads, and findings. This is one of my favorite parts, perusing catalogues/websites for the perfect items to purchase with which to make the ideas swirling in my head into reality you can wear and enjoy!

We have now cleared our calendar in order to make more time in the studio and increase production. Everything here is made on an individual basis, and very carefully. Woven pieces take much concentrated effort and are quite labor-intensive on a very tiny level, as the seed beads used are extremely tiny and are picked up on a needle and put in place pretty much one at a time. Because Every Day a Promise specializes in woven pieces, more time was necessary in our daily schedule in order to keep enough individual pieces in stock. We rarely repeat pieces, tending to keep each one of our accessories something different from the others. Repeated styles are usually popular styles that we find have buyers over and over again. Colors in these pieces usually vary from one another to keep the individual feeling going. Our supply inventory reflects this need to incorporate new and unique additions that update our designs, so we will be quickly getting it taken care of and orders in.

Watch for new blog posts, pictures, and additions to our shop www.everydayapromise.etsy.com! 2014 is going to be a banner year for us! Happy shopping!