I have been a busy gal this week! My focus has been on my Instagram account, but also on my Facebook page and, of course, my blog. I’ve also been taking some risks and working on a few new patterns and designs for my Etsy shop and Ravelry, as well as working on my Etsy listings, which I have changed my Etsy shop name from CsqDesigns to CaseyCarrollArt to match the rest of my social media networks. Exciting news!!
In other big BIG news, my website is now self-hosted with my own domain!!! This week I started my self-hosted blog through SiteGround. SiteGround made it SUPER easy to get my existing blog moved over to the self-hosted site, without much down time or losing blog posts. For less than $6 a month, I have my own website and blog. That’s exciting!!! And what’s really great is how helpful the SiteGround team is. They actually moved my blog over for me and have helped me set up some of the plug-ins also. If you are looking to start blogging or want to make your current blog self-hosted then I think SiteGround is a great way to go. You can use my link and set up your own account. You’ll get lots of help along the way and I receive a commission for each sign-up after a month membership. It’s a win-win.
Now that I have my exciting news out of the way, let’s talk about risks.. Going self-hosted DEFINITELY feels like a huge risk. In a year I’m going to have to renew it, so I’m praying that the investment (both financially and with my time) pays off.
TAKING RISKS IN BUSINESS
When we have goals we are working towards we have to take risks. Have to. If you don’t take risks then you’re actually taking a risk that you’ll never reach your goals and you may become stagnant. No one wants stagnant. Have you ever smelled stagnant water? It stanks! Don’t be stagnant.
So what does taking risks look like?
Taking risks in your business could cost you your time, money, pride, and sleep. Are you prepared to take those risks?
Time is a big one for me. Money is a big deal, also, especially when you’re starting with limited finances, but time is huge. If you’re wanting to take your business to the next level then you better be ready to put in the time.
For me, personally, this means making sure that I have designated time in each day to create new designs. I schedule time to type patterns to list on Etsy and Ravelry. Blogging, planning social media posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, with the occasional SnapChat story thrown in there are all worked into my daily schedule. I have to schedule time to take and edit product photos, write product listings, and publish them. There’s also the time it takes to ship any package and ship sold items. I also have to make time to engage with my fan base, not just on my own content, but on theirs also. Super important. You don’t want to come across as a self-absorbed jerk.
Like I said, money is another biggie. I nearly had a panic attack as I hit the order button for SiteGround. It’s less than $6 per month, but that becomes a big chunk all at once. For me, at least. Maybe some of you have so much money lying around that you don’t know what to do with it. If so, feel free to send some my way!
But in order for me to grow my business, I have to monetarily invest in it. That means I’m buying yarn. Lots of yarn. I’m buying stuffing for my amigurumi plushies. There’s also Etsy fees, PayPal fees, Ravelry fees, and now Blog fees.
This may sound like an odd one to include here, but I think it’s relevant. Taking risks in your business may make you appear crazy, or even naive or foolish, to some. This is probably more true when you’re still “small”. I’ve heard many remarks in this area that probably weren’t made to discourage me, but also weren’t very uplifting and supportive either.
Taking risks in your business may mean risking your pride. You have to risk appearing like a fool.
Creatives, especially, may fall into this one. Many creatives tend to do much of their creative work in the wee hours of the day, either late at night or early morning. I tend to get some really great, unique ideas as soon as my head hits the pillow. A creative imagination can be a real turd sometimes.
There have been many nights when I’ve stayed awake way longer than I should have so I could complete a project or work out an idea. I call lack of sleep a job hazard, but sometimes it’s a necessary one. At the same time, it is important that we get the sleep we need to recharge. If you need some help in this area, check out these tips.
If you’re serious about moving forward, then you need to take the steps and the risks needed to get there. Don’t let anything stop you or hold you back. The results will surely pay off.
I hope you’ll pop over to my Facebook page and check it out also. I have started doing LIVE Facebook videos every Saturday night at 8pm CST. Join me sometime and say hi!
Until next time, go do something creative!
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