Up In My Business #2

This is my weekly “state of the business” address, where you get to see all the gory details of my accomplishments (yay!) and learning experiences (Grr!). Not always strictly business-related. Yay! My first paying client was happy with my work. I created and sent out my first invoice. I started drafting my services page (technically, you can go look at it if you want but it’s far from done). I have a potential new client. I had a good learning experience about sales (I’d like to link you to the post I wrote, “I sold Myself for $30 at the Mall,” but I’m having technical difficulties. It would be nice of you to just back track through my blog posts to yesterday, 10/29/09, but I totally understand if you don’t want to go to the trouble). I commented on a Copyblogger post and the author responded to me! Grr! Technical difficulties with my site, in particular my blog page. For some reason, there’s nowhere to leave comments and I can’t link to individual posts. Still not done with my services and contact pages (not to mention my glossary and shout-outs pages). Still no biz cards or brochures, feeling like I’m leaving money on the table. That is all. Feel free to share your yays/grrs (biz-related or otherwise) in the comments (assuming I can get this function working, otherwise journaling or post-it-noting works, although I won’t get to see it...

I Sold Myself for $30 at the Mall

You want to know where my kiosk is, don’t you? So I didn’t so much sell myself as let myself get sold. The reason this is not embarrassing is because I was perfectly aware of what happened and I learned a good lesson about sales (at least, that’s what I tell myself). The Pre Lesson I had been in a department store purchasing an electric blanket and the saleswoman there was trying so passive-aggressively hard to upsell me on opening a store credit card that I almost didn’t make the purchase. I was making it for my grandma, though, so I just kept politely but firmly refusing. I guess the experience was so disturbing because the saleswoman came off as incredibly desperate and wasn’t listening to me at all. The sale was clearly all about her and had I decided to purchase anything else, I would have gone out of my way to get help elsewhere. How it Should Be Done I’m usually pretty good about avoiding all of the salespeople lining the center of the mall trying to get my attention. Yesterday, however, someone got through, and this is why: She asked me a simple question. Actually, the first thing she asked was if she could just ask me a quick question. What harm can that do? I thought. The simple question showed she was paying attention to me. “You like to keep your nails natural-looking, don’t you?” Now, maybe this was part of her standard sales pitch but she had to be somewhat observant to notice my short, unpolished nails. She made a personal connection. After I...

You Can’t Do That In Your Condition!

I am a lover of quotes. Inspirational, funny, philosophical, anything that just grabs my attention and makes me go hmm. . .I intend to share a quote a week with you here, and whatever my thoughts happen to be at the time. “Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway.” ~Robert Henri I like to wait until conditions are perfect before doing things. Little things, big things, anything. Little Things Going to the gym: there are a bunch of reasons that can try and talk me out of going to the gym, even though I really like to workout. Reasons such as the weather, how much time I have (if I can’t work out for at least 45 minutes, why bother?), how recently I’ve eaten, my favorite workout clothes being dirty. . . If I waited for conditions to be made for me everyday, I would only make it to they gym about once a week. Big Things My website: I have to be in the mood, I need to have everything well-researched, I need to have more time. . . The result is that my website is incomplete, has been for weeks, and so I can’t promote my business. Time to go on anyway. How? By getting some sort of draft of the next necessary pages up (services, contact info.). By realizing that my business and every aspect of it is an organic process, which means conditions will never be perfect. Which means...

There Went the Bride

I was blessed to marry the love of my life a few months ago. After a delay of over a year, we wound up having two ceremonies: a civil ceremony in our backyard and a church wedding in Ireland. Sounds amazing, right? And it was. I’m very happy with the way things eventually came together. The problem is that I still have some unresolved feelings about certain aspects, feelings that I have written off because of trying to focus on the positive and not wanting to complain. Luckily, these feelings have been triggered so I can fully deal with them before they bury themselves uncomfortably in my psyche. The Trigger Last weekend I went wedding/bridesmaid dress shopping with a very dear friend, the rest of the maids, the mother of the bride, and a couple of other people. There was breakfast, champagne, a nice lunch and much festive girlishness that only bridal parties can do. Super fun! So much fun, it made me sad. I never had a day like that. Not because of any tragic reason, but because I decided I wasn’t special enough for it. Nobody tried to make a big deal out of my dress shopping. My mother was living out of town. I didn’t have the budget for much of a dress anyway. The Fallout Now, I regret not making a bigger deal out of it. There were a couple of things, major things, that I couldn’t control. But I could have gone to a bridal shop and gotten the royal treatment just for the heck of it. It’s not like there’s a charge to...

Mad Love Monday #3

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. I’m feeling that you should read this. But only if you feel like it. Rory Freedman gives a great list of tips for a better life. I especially like #2, about letting other drivers get in front of you. For some reason, my ego roars to life on the road and I have a hard time letting people pass me, even though it is a better way to just go with the flow. When I move past my ego driving is much more enjoyable and peaceful. Great questions from the Comfort Queen that I’ve been pondering all...