We’re all busy people. No matter how much you may want to start something new (be it learning to play piano, starting an exersize routine, or running your own business), finding the time can be daunting. A few weeks ago, we posted a checklist to see if you’re ready to run your own miniature business. Today, we’re going to follow it up with a breakdown. Exactly what can you accomplish in 12 hours a week? Turns out–a whole lot.
Create new Designs (aka Original Content) – 3 hours
Content is king, and your designs are what set you apart. Spend some time with a sketchbook, cookbooks, or other inspirational materials. Jot down some ideas, pick your favorite, and sculpt it. Be sure to keep track of your time and the items that go into it, since you’ll want to make sure that your design is sold for a fair price.
Market your Work– 3 hours
Marketing is an essential part of making your business flourish, but if you’re on a strict schedule, it can be difficult. Choose one or two social outlets that you really love and stick with them (you can always add more!). Your enthusiasm will shine through. In addition, you might want to consider pitching your products to magazines or guest blogging on another site.
Sell – 2 hours
You can’t make money selling miniatures if you don’t, well, sell them. First and foremost, you need to maintain your online storefront by taking pictures of your items, choosing prices, writing descriptions, and listing them for sale.
Fulfill orders – 2 hours
Create products and inventory, wrap them up all prettily, and mail them off to their new homes! This category of tasks takes a surprisingly large amount of time (especially if you’re not particularly organized, or if you have to run to the post office), so streamline it as much as you can.
Manage – 1 hour
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The nitty gritty tasks in this category may not be the most fun, but it will serve you best in the long run. Take time every week to stay on top of paperwork, respond to emails, keep your finances straight, and buy more supplies if you need them. You’ll thank yourself down the road!
Plan – 30 minutes
Planning is what seperates a fantasy business from a real one. Keep track of your dreams, but make specific, action-oriented plans to achieve them. For bonus points, keep a calendar just for important dates in your business.
Analyze – 30 minutes
It doesn’t matter how successful you are–if you don’t know what got you there, you can’t replicate it. At the end of the week, sit down with your completed to do lists/time logs/biz diary (if you have one), and your Google Analytics. What went well? What did you spend too much time on? What should you be doing more of? What will next week look like? Take notes—you’ll like to look back when you’re famous.
Readers, your turn: Do you think you could squeeze a miniature business into your already busy life? Why, or why not? Would you change this system around? Let us know in the comments below!
PSST: If you think you are ready to start your own miniature business, you should definitely check our newest online workshop. We’ll be taking you from zero to operational in 6 weeks, and showing you how to build your company every step of the way!