Top 10 Coolest Chalkboard Invitations

Maja and NickI’m a little behind as I have only just seen that these cute little invitations have been listed amongst the top 10 Coolest Chalkboard Invitations by Versa Chalk (better late than never hey?!).

I get so excited when I see my work being noticed by others. This has made my mundane, wet Thursday so much better. Thank you!

Check out the article here: VersaChalk – Top 10 Coolest Chalkboard Invitations

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When Business is Quiet

Do you have a business that goes through peaks and troughs? I do! One month you are so busy you’re not even sure how you manage to function, working until the early hours of the morning every day and weekend. And then you have a month when… nothing. There is the odd job here and there, but all of a sudden you find yourself with time to spare. This sounds like a luxury right? Time to replenish that lost sleep, sit and relax in front of a boxset. True, this is what should happen. But panic hits!!

I go through this stage every few months, and every time I go into a crazy panic that my business is failing and it’s time to pack it in.

The reality is that shortly it will be chaos again and I’ll be mega busy and I’ll wonder why I didn’t stop and take a break whilst I had the chance.

So, what to do when your business has a quiet moment?

Buff up your marketing – you are your own marketing tool. Update your website, social media accounts, blog.

Get noticed – improve your online presence. Are there any free advertising sites that you can enlist on?

Network – visit local or online groups of like-minded people. Take out your contact book and reach out to potential clients.

Work on new products – Have you had an idea for a new item but just not had the time to work on it? Do it now!

Pricing – look at your pricing structure – is it still relevant. Do you need to increase your prices?

Organise – organise your office. Get all that admin sorted that you have been putting off for months and months.

Relax – embrace this time and look after your mental health. Chances are you’re going to be super busy again soon. Take the time to relax in preparation, and remember DON’T FEEL GUILTY! You’ve earned this. Catch up with friends you may have neglected, enjoy family life, go for a massage. You may feel like you’re being lazy when all those around you are working, but chances are that when you’re busy you work twice as hard as everyone else, you deserve this!

Etsy Fees and Pricing Palava

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Wow, what a morning I have had. Sorting out pricing is by far one of the most difficult, tedious aspects of running your own business. Throw in Etsy and it’s change in pricing system and my brain is on the verge of exploding!

I’ve spent my last week increasing my prices to adapt to the raise of fees to 5%. But then, due to my own stupidity (and probably because I’ve only just starting selling lots on Etsy and before was left unaware), realised that not only is there a transaction fee that is taken off before you receive the money in your bank, but there is also a payment processing fee. I did not know this (I know, an error on my part, but seriously, it’s not black and white and this processing fee doesn’t appear until your monthly bill shows up in your inbox – there must be others out there who did the same? No? Just me?!).

So, here, to try and help anyone else struggling, I’m going to do my best to show you how it works (please note these are based on UK fees):

Price you charge for Item you are selling + Postage and Package: £180

Original listing fee ($0.20): £0.16 (based on today’s conversion rate)

Transaction fee (5% of total sale price): £9

Payment Processing fee (4% of total sale price) + £0.20: £7.40

Total fees: £0.16 + £9 + £7.40 = £16.56

Well, at least I think that’s right. It’s near enough right, maybe a few pence here and there. Please feel free to correct me, but I am NOT changing my prices again!

Now, I don’t have a problem with businesses charging to use their services, obviously; if it wasn’t for Etsy I wouldn’t have got the orders in the first place. But it’s my customers that I feel for. This adds a lot of money on to the total price. And I’d like to be able to just suck up the cost myself, but I’m already charging the very minimum in order to gain the business in the first place. It’s a catch 22!

But, in good news, items are cheaper on my website www.mrskdesigns.co.uk, because I don’t have fees! So head on over there people!

Happy Etsying and good luck!

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