I am super excited to have Pure Body Lounge in Redding, CA, as a business coaching client.
Owned by Certified Nurse Practitioner Becca Lewis, Pure Body Lounge is the one of the only places in Redding where you can receive natural IV vitamin therapy from a professional RN. Take a look at the menu to see the many exciting treatment options Pure Body has to offer!
Pure Body also carries an amazing line of bath and beauty products by The Body Deli.
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Do you need a business coach? If you could use help, please don't hesitate to reach out – I can’t wait to work with you!
I was so excited to make the weekly trip to Chico in August to teach another group of business-minded creatives how to open their Etsy shops and get their handmade and vintage goods out into the worldwide marketplace of e-commerce.
I had the pleasure of working with the amazing Sophie Konuwa the director of the Small Business Development Center at Butte College in Chico. The Chico and surrounding communities are so lucky to have her as a resource and advocate for small business!
The class room was beautiful, and there were around 30 local entrepreneurs enrolled who made everything from home grown tea, to corsets made from up-cycled men’s ties.
This was my fourth time this year getting to teach the Etsy curriculum, and I am so grateful to have met and worked with so many new people throughout this process. It is extremely gratifying to help people start or improve their businesses!
Click here to learn more about Etsy's Craft Entrepreneurship Program and if you are local to NorCal, please check out this event:
Earlier this year I embarked on the journey of becoming a Kiva Borrower.
Kiva is an amazing way of getting a business loan – instead of dealing with a regular bank that looks only at your credit score and your business assets, Kiva is a crowdfunded, character-based platform where your friends, family and people all over the world contribute small or large loans to your total loan amount.
I was fortunate enough to have the Jefferson Economic Development Institute as my trustee and with the help of some local supporters and some big business backers I made it to my goal!
This is such an exciting development for me as a small business owner. This loan has already allowed me to hire local sewing help, update old equipment, and develop new items. I recently was able to purchase a brand new Juki sewing machine and serger and I can’t tell you how nice it is to have sewing equipment that works properly and smoothly!
To say that I am grateful is an understatement. This is just the beginning of expanding Dark Pony Designs and I am so excited for the future.
Photos by Jamie Solorio http://www.jamiesolorio.com
2016 has been full of teaching creative local people to use Etsy to sell their products. I have traveled to Mt. Shasta, taught a class in Redding, and now I am in the midst of completing an Etsy training in Chico. My good friend and photographer Jamie Solorio took these photos at the Redding class, I love the way she captured me in work mode. The best part of all of this is meeting fellow artists who have a desire to learn e-commerce. It's always interesting to hear about what they make and who they are. Etsy has certainly changed me life, I hope I am helping other people do the same. To see my Etsy shop go to www.etsy.com/shop/darkponydesigns
It's so simple but so true, and so hard. I am a big believer in making something out of nothing, whether it's yourself or a business. Jenne Lombardo tells it like it is, of course it helps that her industry is in the fashion and advertising industries!
I recently finished this amazing audio book by Seth Godin. If you are not familiar with him, take a minute and check out his work. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.
Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.
The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job.
Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.
I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin.
The job is not the work.”
― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Seth covers a lot of ideas and information here. Everything from recognizing your lizard brain's hold on you, to understanding the future of the economy does not lie in a 9-5, 40 hour factory style work week. I found his ideas and logic to be encouraging to me as an artist and an entrepreneur. If you've been wrestling with the idea of leaving a job you hate, or finding confidence in putting your ideas out into the world, this is for you!
Time to squash the lizard brain and leave your comfort zone.
It’s Your Etsy Business
It has been a great pleasure to work with Nicole Mrazek, owner of Olive Street Mercantile, over the past six months. With many hours of hard work, Nicole has built and grown her Etsy business immensely and I am very proud of her progress. The best thing about this work is getting to be there and see the difference small continuous improvements can make on a person's business and life.
I can personally vouch for her beautiful, handmade, natural bath and beauty products that use local ingredients. Check out her wonderful soaps here - https://www.etsy.com/shop/OliveStMercantile
Do you want to start or grow your online, Etsy or brick-and-mortar businesses? Need help with branding, social media, photography, business strategies, or marketing?
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