[131] #LookBackMoveForward: A Yearly Review Process

 

Welcome to a new year of the Create & Thrive Podcast!

 

In this episode, I outline a series of 10 questions that will help you review your last year in business.

 

I’m also running a mini-course to take you through these questions – head on over here to sign up for that (it’s free!) if you’re not already on the regular Create & Thrive email list. (If you get my emails about the podcast, you are on the list).

I’ll be sharing each lesson in the Thriver Circle FB group so we can discuss it, and I’ll also be running a FB live each day of the course on the public Create & Thrive FB page.

 

Further – in this episode I explain some changes that are happening with the podcast in 2018.

I will outline them in a blog post soon, but the most important change you need to know about is that I am moving from weekly to twice-monthly free main episodes.

There will also be a third members-only episode each month, which will only be available to members of my community for makers, the Thriver Circle. Members of the Circle also get all the main episodes a week early, AND promo-free.

There may also be some mini-eps each month! I’ll be doing some Q&A videos, which will be published to Youtube and Facebook, and I plan on publishing the audio of these to the podcast too. They’ll be pretty short, about 5 minutes max.

So! If you want to make sure you don’t miss an episode, head on over and sign up to become a member of the Thriver Circle.

Oh, and there’s also new podcast artwork, so don’t get thrown when the picture changes! 😀

 

 

 

 

Highlights and quotes from this episode:

  • Your end of year review does not have to be an overly onerous task – grab a notebook and pen and tackle the prompts in small chunks.
  • Begin your annual review with these reflection questions:
  • The Big Three of Success and Failure
  • Ensure you analyse both the wins and losses from this year – don’t just focus on the negative.
  • The analysis of these moments is as important as the actual wins and losses.
    1. What were my three biggest successes this year and what did I learn from them?
    2. What were my three biggest mistakes this year and what did I learn from them?
  • Risk and Hindsight
  • If you are going to grow a successful business you need to get comfortable with feeling the fear and doing it anyway
  • If you can’t bring ourselves to take risks you will often stall and stagnate.
    1. What risks have I been avoiding and why?
    2. What would I do differently if I had the year over again?
  • Money
  • Keep track of your income and expenses and review these regularly.
  • If you are avoiding looking at the money because you know it is not doing well – that is the time to look at it.
    1. What was my business revenue and what were my expenses for the year? How does this compare with my expectations and goals for the year?
    2. Am I spending more money than I should be and/or am I spending it in the wrong places?
  • Vision and Time Management
  • We all have a vision on where we want our business
  • Time is our most valuable business resource – you can always make more money but you can never make more time.
    1. How does my vision of where my business would be by now compare to where it actually is? Keeping in mind my previous answers in this course, why do I think that is?
    2. How was my time management? Did I choose and stick to strategies and systems that work for me?
  • Sales and Marketing
  • This process helps you see where you are and the potential on where you could be.
    1. How did my sales this year compare to previous year? Furthermore, how did my sales this year compare to my expectations?
    2. Where did I focus my marketing strategies? Were my chosen marketing strategies effective or should I change my strategy for the coming year.

 

Don’t miss the FREE #LookBackMoveForward mini-course!

Sign up here.

 

#LookBackMoveForward – a FREE mini-course to help you review your year

Before you move forward, it’s crucial to take a look back.

 

After all – how can you make sure you’re still going where you want to go if you don’t know where you’ve been?

Welcome to #LookBackMoveForward – A FREE mini-course!

Taking the time at the turn of a brand-new year to look back over the year just gone, we can find amazing clarity that will illuminate the path to start our journey into the new year with strength and confidence.

Over 5 days starting Jan 1st, I’m going to guide you through a series of 10 questions that will help you to get a crystal clear picture of what worked – and what didn’t! – in 2017.

 

Here’s what the course has in store:

 

1. On NYE, I’ll be publishing a podcast that covers the whole review process, and outlines the 10 questions I’m going to get you to ask yourself to undertake your yearly review for #LookBackMoveForward.

 

2. Then, each day, for the first 5 days of 2018, I’ll send you an email with 2 of the questions to workshop. By breaking the review down into bite-sized chunks – and prompting you each day – you’ll find it a breeze to get your review done. The last thing I want you to do is listen to the podcast, think ‘oh, that sounds great, I’ll get around to it’… and then never actually DO it.

 

3. Each day of the course, I’m also going to be live on FB to talk through the questions of the day, and I’d love for you to come along and share your answers with us! You can also take the opportunity to chat with me and ask me biz questions. The times will vary so I can help people in different timezones… just make sure to like the C&T FB page and turn on notifications!

 

If you’re joining me and the rest of the Thriver Circle on Jan 8 for the Handmade Biz Bootcamp, this #LookBackMoveForward will be the perfect way to set yourself up to hit the ground running when that course starts.

 

When you finish this mini-course, you’ll know what went well in 2017, and what didn’t.

You’ll have a clearer idea of your financial position and goals.

You’ll know what you’ve been avoiding, and what risks you need to take to launch your business forward in 2018.

This free mini-course is going out to all of my email subscribers, so if you’re not already on the list, just enter your email below to join us for the course.

Look out for the first email on NYE sharing the podcast, then for each of the 5 lesson emails each day after that!

Here’s to an awesome start to 2018!

~ Jess

P.S. If you want to join us, make sure to subscribe to the emails, and like the C&T FB page!

 

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[119] 10 Steps to Wholesale Readiness

Are you ready to sell your handmade goods wholesale? Is that even something you want to do?

In this episode, I outline 10 steps to wholesale readiness – questions you need to ask yourself to know if selling wholesale is a good choice for your handmade business, and if so, are you ready to dive in?

If you’d like a free pdf copy of the questions and thinking points, scroll down and you’ll see just how to get a hold of that.

If you do decide that you want to sell wholesale, make sure you don’t miss out joining me and Melanie Augustin for our e-course Wholesale Know-How! Class starts Monday the 28th of August (2017, if you’re reading this in the future) and we only run the course once per year.

 

Quotes & Highlights from this Episode:

  • Not sure if your products are up to scratch for the wholesale market? Scout out the stores you would like to stock your work and assess the quality of the current products.
  • Easily replicable work is quicker to resupply and build your stockist list.
  • Quality control is key with wholesale especially if you are not the only maker of your products.
  • “If you are thinking about going into wholesale you need to go back and look at your pricing structure.” {Jess}
  • You should be able to sell your products at wholesale rates and still make a profit.
  • Avoid over-extending yourself – be realistic about your timeframes for manufacture and delivery.
  • Build a social media presence to demonstrate your market reach and potential for promotional activities.
  • Finding the right stockist takes time, energy and perseverance.
  • “Be selective with the stockists you approach – start small, start local.” {Jess}
  • Practise your product pitch until you have it pat.
  • Are you willing to take on assistance when you hit your wholesale ceiling?
  • “When you focus on selling wholesale it doubles your making workload.” {Jess}
  • You can choose how much of your business to make wholesale. (Jess shares an anecdote about finding a wholesale business balance with Epheriell).
  • Be clear about your wholesale goals.
  • “Until you decide why you are doing wholesaling you will struggle with progress” {Jess}

 

 

 

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Win a 1 Year Membership to the Thriver Circle!

Win a Whole Year of Membership to the Thriver Circle

 

Next week, membership to the Thriver Circle opens.

Not only will you be able to join our wonderful community of makers… you will be signing up to start the brand-new year-long program, Your Year to Thrive!

 

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To celebrate the launch of this new program, I’ve decided to give away one year-long membership to the Thriver Circle!

If you win, you’ll be part of our community for a whole year – long enough to complete the entire Your Year to Thrive Program.

This giveaway is open world-wide, and anyone can enter.

Once you log into the giveaway portal below, you’ll be able to gain multiple points towards winning by doing things like Pinning the giveaway image, subscribing to the C&T email updates (or, if you’re already a subscriber, getting points for that!), sharing a tweet, sharing the giveaway on Instagram, and more!

It’s super-easy, and the more ways you share, the more chance you have of winning.

And YES, this giveaway is open to current Thriver Circle members!

Enter below, and good luck!

 

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Where could your business be one year from now?

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Have you thought about it?

I mean, really thought about it?

Where could your business be one year from now?

How much could it have grown?

How many pieces might you have sold?

How confident will you be about your branding, your ideal customer, and your website?

How much might your social media profile, your mailing list, and your traffic grow in a year?

How much closer will you be to achieving success – whatever that means to you?

Do you feel confident you know what you need to do, and when you need to do it, to grow your business in the direction you want to go?

Or is it all just crazy-overwhelming, and you end up getting stuck because you’re not sure what to do next?

I get it – I’ve been there.

And I want to help you break through the overwhelm. To knock down the fear barriers holding you back. To give you the map and be your guide on the path.

I’ve created a lot of guides and courses over the last few years, but none of them bring everything together.

I think it’s about time I changed that. For you.

So, I’ve created something epic that will help you not only figure all of the above out – it will help you make your goals and dreams a reality.

 

Introducing – Your Year to Thrive

 

I have created a year-long (yes, a whole year!) program to guide you on your handmade business journey.

It covers everything you need to do and know to start (or revitalise!) and grow your handmade business – from foundational vision and planning; through brand and product development; venue testing and selection; your online presence; your copy and photography; marketing; social media; time management & self care, and much, much more.

In this course I have pulled together everything I have learnt over the last 8 years – it covers everything you need to learn and do to make your business a success.

This program is also deliberately designed to fit into your busy life – with one lesson on one topic every week for a whole year, it is at a pace you can actually enact, and will help you to make informed, epic progress on building your business.

Say goodbye to wondering ‘am I missing something’? Or ‘am I doing this right’? Or even ‘is this even possible’?

Yes. It is possible. I did it, and so have many, many others. You can, too.

This is the course I wish existed during my first few years in business.

 

Your Year to Thrive will begin Monday July 18.

 

So, how can you take part?

(Spoiler, it’s WAY more affordable than you might think.)

Find out here.

 

Keep thriving, 

Jess