Help, I think I am losing my mojo. My motivation is low and I can’t seem to get stuck in to anything. I look at all my jewellery making supplies and I can’t find any inspiration. I look at my to do list and it gets longer and nothing seems to get done. I am having difficulty keeping up with it all, blog writing, adding items for sale to Folksy, Misi and my website and keeping up with my Facebook page. How do I really get stuck in and motivate myself to do it all as well as make jewellery for my upcoming craft fairs and for sale on the internet. It’s not even a case of time management , I have loads of time, it’s simply a severe lack of motivation and a lot to do with the sheer volume of things to do.
I thought that this little business of mine would be a simple affair and I suppose it is as difficult as you make it but sometimes I think I have bitten off more than I can chew and that I make life too difficult for myself. Considering my sales this year have been approximately £350, I put my heart and soul into my business for little return. My supplies have totalled £3000 since February 2010 and my sales have been in total about £600. I cant put my prices up, I already make my prices up using cost of supplies plus an hourly wage. So my focus must be on selling.
To sell I have to put myself out there, make a name for myself, so my lack of motivation is not helping my sales. All in all it is time to knuckle down to the business and admin side of things, before I can enjoy the jewellery making part of the business which is my hobby and what I like best.
I did have 21 craft fairs booked for this year but I now only have 8, because I had an e-mail saying that my payment for the pitches could not be accepted due to the organiser already having enough jewellery stalls. I am now searching for more craft fairs and I am making enquiries about having a stall at my local market a few times a week selling my jewellery and jewellery making supplies. I have put my name down for next years craft fair list so hopefully I will get in early and avoid the disappointment I had when I lost 13 craft events.
I have decided to close my website http://www.incantationjewellerydesigns.co.uk at the end of the month. The website is not bringing me any sales and is not cost effective. I will instead, be selling on Folksy, Misi, Facebook and http://www.incantation.weebly.com on all sites you will find me as Jane Marley or Incantation. I will put links on here soon to these new places.
Oh well to summarize, business is a gamble which takes a lot of hard work which doesn’t always pay off and sometimes you lose. Sometimes you lose and then begin to break even and then begin to profit and I hope I am one of the lucky ones. But at the end of the day I will not give up making jewellery it is my hobby and I would be lost without it.
Until next time, take care 🙂