Happy New Years From Touch Of A Feather!


Chapter 5: 10 Tips From A Girl Boss

I am so happy to bring you this chapter ๐Ÿค—, I always try to make sure I share my secrets ๐Ÿคซ and tips on what Iสผve learned along the way, and whats a better way to do so, then to put it in writing ๐Ÿ“?

Now I am no expert ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ, and I want you to remember that I am more of a doer then a thinker ๐Ÿ’ก, so I jumped into my business out of nowhere with no prior research. I donสผt recommend it but everyone has their own path ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ am I right?

So that brings me to number one:

1. Lists ๐Ÿ“‹ - I canสผt stress how important it is to make yourself some lists. I donสผt care what kind, you probably need all the kinds. I like to make a to do list when I start out on a large project, especially if it has something to do with my website ๐Ÿ’ป. I also have lists for orders, so I am organized when I pack up envelopes ๐Ÿ“ฆ. I also have a white board with lists of all sorts: Shopping lists, blog ideas, newsletter ideas, website plans, inventory ideas. Like I said, lists are important and totally my favorite thing to do is make lists. But remember to actually follow through with them so donสผt overwhelm yourself when you start out.

2. Track your Journey ๐Ÿ“’โœ๏ธ - I keep a journal, Its pink and has a diamond ๐Ÿ’Ž on it, and I like to keep track of all the important stuff I do with Touch Of A Feather, so one day when I look back I remember what a bad ass ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ I was and all the stuff I had to do to make my dreams come true ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. I donสผt write in it as often as I should, but I do it at least every couple of months to track the big stuff, or to remind myself that hey sometimes breaks are necessary but you got back on that horse ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. So keep a journal and trust me you will thank me.

3. Organize ๐Ÿ—„ - Now I know that creativity comes from chaos ๐ŸŒช, but nobody ever said that it couldnสผt be organized chaos. I tend to get messy, now let me paint you a picture : shoebox of a bedroom, purple walls, 2 dressers, foldable table and about a billion containers. Now this is my workspace, half the time
I am sitting on my bed working, so what do I need to do? Organize ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป, I make sure everything has its designated spot, otherwise I would just want to rip out all my hair and laugh uncontrollably on the floor ๐Ÿคก. So Shelby has to keep things clean to keep her mind clear, therefore we have a bad ass shop filled with wonderful creations because I keep things organized ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป.

4. Believe in Yourself ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป - I donสผt care if you have the whole state of Louisiana on your side telling you that you can do this, ๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปYOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN KEEP YOU GOING!๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป You need to believe that every morning when you get out of bed you can be the best version of you ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป, and that you are a bad assย boss bitch and you can do anything your mind is set to. I believe in you! Butย do you believe in you?

5. Donสผt be a Quitter ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ - Have you guys seen that movie A Cinderella Story withย Hilary Duff? I love the quote thats on the wall in her fathers diner ๐Ÿ’• โ€œDonสผt let the fear of striking you out keep you from playing the game โšพ๏ธโ€ I canสผt tell you how many times I say that to myself! Donสผt quit, put inspirational quotes all over your wall, send yourself inspirational texts ๐Ÿ“ฒ or whatever you need to keep yourself going. Because in the end what youสผre doing TOTALLY matters, so donสผt forget that. You started for a reason, and you need to keep going because you owe it to yourself to see whats on the other side of this really large mountain ๐Ÿ” called success. So fix your crown ๐Ÿ‘‘ and keep going ๐Ÿ”œ !

6. Customer Friendships ๐Ÿ‘ญ- I love getting to know my customers, whenever I do a custom necklace, that is usually when I get to talk to the most interesting people. I have made so many friends ๐Ÿ’• through discussing what kind of crystal ๐Ÿ’Ž they need in their life. How lucky โ˜˜๏ธ am I? You can be just as lucky, just make sure to be polite ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป, friendly ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ, and listen ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿป to your customer, they are what keeps your business going so you need to make sure that you keep that relationship good and happy ๐Ÿ˜Š.

7. Tell Everyone ๐Ÿ“ฃ - I donสผt care if you are at the gas station in some random little town, you tell someone that you are in this business and blah blah blah, you know the speech. Put your business cards wherever you can, on bulletin boards ๐Ÿ”– or even ask business owners if you can leave some cards out. Donสผt be afraid to network. I know itสผs scary ๐Ÿ’€, and I only do minimal amounts because I am shy ๐Ÿ™ˆ and wait for that right moment to pipe ๐Ÿญ in about my business. But seriously we need to do it to get our names out there, so whoสผs with me ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ!?

8. Supplies Shopping ๐Ÿ› - This is important you want to make sure that you can have a reliable suppliers for whatever it is you need ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. I have two different crystal shops that I go to locally, incase one is closed or doesnสผt have what I need. I have about 5 different people I shop through from India for my Cabochons for the fancy pendants. I have a super cheap seller for my bubble mailers because you can never have too many, so order lots ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! and as for my wire I have two โœŒ๐Ÿป different websites I go through because I have different quality needs. So make sure to take the time to do the research ๐Ÿ‘€ and figure out how much it costs ๐Ÿ’ฐ per item to create, and ship ๐Ÿ“ญ plus your cost of time โฐ, and make sure its something you can sell. Everything takes planning once you jump in, so make sure you make your lists ๐Ÿ—’!

9. Quality vs. Quantity ๐Ÿ”ฎ - Now before you get me wrong and you go to eBay and start finding the cheapest supplies possible. Remember you want your customers to come back, just because you donสผt have a lot of money ๐Ÿ’ต right now doesnสผt mean you canสผt expand later on. So start with a simple item to make, and get the most cost effective supplies as you can find. Trust me, you want your customers to tell you everything holds up well ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป, even years later๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป.

10. Shipping - The most evil word ๐Ÿ˜ˆ in the english language, just kidding ๐Ÿ˜‚. Shipping can be difficult because every weight seems to be different ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ, not to mention different countries can confuse you ๐Ÿคช. Donสผt play a guessing game, take the time to go down to a local post office and ask some questions so you can get an idea on what to expect. USPS.com has a ton of flat rate boxes and labels and forms that are free and will be shipped straight to your home for you to use. So take advantage of that and check it ๐Ÿ‘€ out. Also something to consider is printing your own shipping labels at home, it saves you time and money. but mostly money. The shipping rates through PayPal are cheaper then if you go directly to the post office. I personally have to send them out by hand because I am one of those people that live under a rock ๐Ÿ˜‚ and donสผt have wifi. So once again do some research ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป and figure out what works the best for you and your needs.

So like I said I am no expert but I have much knowledge ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป on this topic considering I have been running my own shop for 3 years now. So I hope I can help someone out there who needs a little guidance ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป.


If you are a fellow shop, what tips do you have for some of the aspiring Girl Bosses, Comment Below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

Next week I will talk to you a bit about your website and where you should sell your goodies, and by goodies I mean your items ๐Ÿ˜….


ย Shelby

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  • I just wanted to say,…
    You literally have tips of gold. You’ve covered everything that I think is important, from epic customer service (which you exemplify) to suppliers and profit and all the cool bits in between. I wish you loads of success. You are a consistent inspiration.

    Anna Marie

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