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Monday, January 30, 2012

Two Tips to Build a Sustainable CTMH Business

Greetings Connected Hearts!  Where oh where did January go?  We have had quite a month here in Western Washington!  It began with a snowstorm, then an incredible ice storm that knocked out the power, cable and internet at my house for 5 days.  It's an interesting experience to be "off the grid" for that long.  I actually got a lot done.
I made 32 cards for a swap and had a customer over to stamp in my cold kitchen with just the light from the window.   It really makes you appreciate technology, simple heat and light.

I hope all of you are having a productive January and have had fun playing with all of the newest papers, stamps and accessories in the Spring Summer Idea Book.  This month can set the tone for the months ahead.  How does your calendar look?  Do you have the business you need to meet your goals?  I have often been asked about how to build a sustainable business.  What that means is a business that is repeatable each month and you don't struggle to keep it going.  A good analogy is a fire that keeps burning and you don't have to constantly fan it to keep it going.

Business Bit:
Here are two quick tips:

My 20 years of experience has taught me in order to achieve this you need a minimum of 3 money making events each month.  These can be gatherings, classes, workshops, online sales or crops/expos.  The reasoning is, if you have 1 cancellation then you have 2 events left to rebook from.  If on the other hand, you have just 1 or 2 events on your calendar, then a cancellation like I had, due to unforeseen circumstances, leaves you with either no business or just 1 chance for a new booking for next month. 

The other practice I highly recommend is, if at all possible, schedule your events toward the beginning of a month or quarter so that you have cushion time to make a few calls to get any extra orders you need to meet your quarterly minimums if you are a hobbyist or monthly minimums to earn downline commissions.

If you need help with this, I'm here for you, just give me a quick call or email.

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