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50 days before departure! Here are my plans…

In 50 days I’m going on a massive South American adventure! ACE! I have so much to do before then but it’s all worth it to have an excellent break!

Photo from floridascarf.com

I’m always guilty of having a few too many ideas for what is practical/financially viable. I’ve had to divide my Cumulus Factory Plan into PRE-travel and POST-travel. Here is what I’m thinking at the moment…

Pre-travel:

  • Take custom cushion orders until May 16th (1 month before leaving)
  • Fill all these orders as quickly as possible
  • Possibly 1 more Spoonflower order
  • BREAK EVEN! I’m coming pretty close to this target!
  • Find better ways to organise and store my materials
  • Visit Finders Keepers markets in May
  • List all made items on Etsy (and hopefully sell a bunch!) – on that note, this week all pre-made items are 20% off in my Etsy store – use the code: SALEFORNOREASON

During travel:

  • Find inspiration, ideas, creativity and hopefully FABRIC while I’m travelling
  • Keep blogging/snapping photos of inspirational craft-related things
  • Find someone who can ship out any Etsy orders while I’m away (or pause the shop)

Post-travel:

  • Look into selling through Hard to Find
  • Approach local shops about stocking my wares
  • Apply for Finders Keepers Market in December
  • Consider holding other market stalls
  • Learn about screen printing…
  • Learn about laser cutting…

To market!

Markets

As you can see, my goals stated in the previous post are going pretty swell! I’ll hold my first Cumulus Factory market stall at the Bondi Markets on Sunday, 24th March. I’m pretty excited to see what happens!

Last time I held a market stall, it was 1994-ish. My best friend Kira and I sold quilled cards (excellent quilling example here … N.B. ours wasn’t quite this awesome). We made a profit around $8 each to my memory. That was because Kira’s mum footed the bill for the stall. Thanks Kim!

If you have ANY tips whatsover for holding markets, please let me know!

Adina ☁

A little note about goals

I’m a speech pathologist by day. We were taught to make SMART goals for our clients. It’s not a ground breaking concept, but it does help me focus.

SMART stands for:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic (or Relevant)
Time-bound

smart goal setting concept

 

 

 

 

I’ve started to develop a few SMART goals around my Cumulus Factory endeavors. Here is what I’m shooting for right now:

• Have an equal number of instagram followers to the number I follow by the end of Sunday 10th March
• Make 5 cushions per week during March
• Make 5 tote bags per week during March
• Hold my first market stall before March is up
• Apply for Finders Keepers markets in December 2013

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This weekend’s quota of 5 cushions. They still need to be stuffed.

How do you stay accountable to yourself? What goals are you currently working towards for your small business?