[133] Outsourcing Production with Britta Boeckmann

Have you ever thought about outsourcing the production of your handmade goods?

Maybe you want to grow beyond what one person can achieve. Perhaps you want to outsource the making so you can spend more time dreaming and designing.

Whatever the reason, figuring out exactly HOW to do this is a big challenge.

My guest on the show today – Britta Boeckmann – has done exactly that.

She has worked out how to outsource the making of her beautiful resin-based jewellery overseas in a way that is affordable and ethical. And in this episode, she shares her experiences of the process.

BONUS: Britta is going to be joining me and the Thriver Circle community for a live chat this Friday the 19th of January at 12 Noon, AEST (the time in Brisbane, Australia). If you’d like to join us for that, make sure you’re a member of the Circle, and look for the event in the Circle FB group.

 

 

 

Download or listen to this episode.

You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts + Stitcher or any other Android App.)

 


Heads up! I’m going to be giving a 10% discount off the cost of my Shop Scrutiny service to Thriver Circle members in February.

So if you want me to critique your online handmade shop, make sure that you’re a member of the Circle in February to get access to this special offer!


 

 

Quotes and Highlights from this Episode:

  • As demand for her product outstripped her manufacturing capacity, Britta changed the direction of her business by bringing on a business partner, Michael, and exploring outsourced production.
  • It took eight months to find the right production partner including research, liaison and site visits in the Philippines.
  • Have clear guidelines as to what you need from a production partner including working conditions, wages, sustainability of resources and technical expertise.
  • To kick start the partnership, Britta designed and made a collection and sent these pieces and the technical drawings to the production partner. They, in turn, created a sample set and returned it for approval.
  • “When you start something like this you have to be aware that its never going to go completely smoothly” {Britta}
  • There are significant investments of time and money when pursuing outsourced production but there are significant benefits.
  • “Outsourced production frees you up for more design work” {Jess}
  • Take a long view with your business and plan accordingly for growth.
  • “You need to have a vision otherwise it is very hard to invest the time” {Britta}
  • After having her work profile grew, Britta saw lot of replication of her designs. This spurred outsourcing production to free up creative time to develop new ideas.
  • “There is no reason to be sad about it – when you do something good there will always be copiers” {Britta}
  • BoldB’s designs do not work to fashion house seasons – if the design is selling it is continued for sale.
  • “If you want to be successful you need to put all your energy in the one idea” {Britta}
  • See Britta’s work on Etsy and her website.

 

 

[132] How to Have an Effective Monthly Planning Day (Premium Episode)

 

Do you ever feel like you get ‘stuck’ in the day-to-day of your business?

Do you find time has gone by, and you wonder ‘what have I achieved’ today… this week… this month… or even, this year?

This often comes about because we get caught up in the urgent tasks in our business – filling orders, answering emails – and neglect the important long-term planning and business development that actually moves our business forward.

By having a set time, at least once a month (or, if you can’t manage that, then every quarter) to purely focus on long-term goals, priorities, and planning, you should see a marked increase in your business momentum, and in how accomplished you feel!

In this members-only episode, I outline my advice on how to have an effective planning day. One that will not only be super-effective, but also, super-enjoyable!

Listen to the Intro:

 

Access this episode now in the Thriver Circle.

 

Not a member?

You can join right now, or find out more about the benefits of joining our community.

 


 

[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.

 

Podcast Summer Series ’17 – Handmade Biz is Hard Work

Welcome to the Create & Thrive Podcast: Summer Series ’17

During the Summer Series I’ll be re-playing the best episodes from 2017.

The show will be back in the first week of January 2018 with all-new episodes.

 

See the original episode and shownotes for this episode here.

Download or listen to this episode.

You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher)

 


 

Want to kick off 2018 with a rock-solid plan for your handmade biz?

 

Join me in January for Handmade Biz Bootcamp – a 3-week course that will help you:

  • get clear on what your business is going to look like in 2018.
  • do your goal setting and time management plans for the year ahead.
  • create a marketing plan for 2018.

Available exclusively to members of the Thriver Circle – membership is open right now!

Find out more right here.