{Handmade Business in 31 Days — Day 13, Do something.}

Day 13// On Tuesday I asked you to share your biggest issue and many of you wrote that you’re dreams seem too big {you don’t know where to start}, you seriously doubt yourself + your talents, or you feel it’s time to hire {but you don’t know how}. The truth is we are all have big issues, I even shared mine with you that day. But one thing I want to make sure to share is this quote, which sums things up perfectly…

Neil Gaiman quote via ModCloth

Often times we throw away our accomplishments ~ that we TRIED. That we STARTED. That we PLANNED. That we LEARNED. It doesn’t matter that it turned out differently, the amazing part — the part to celebrate is that we tried. You made a mistake but you learned something along the way. Oh, what a feeling.

Do not let your fears paralyze you. Making mistakes aren’t to be viewed as negative — not starting at all is far worse.

Homework// What mistakes have you made lately? What have they taught you? How can you take those experiences from “it didn’t work” to “I accomplished something great”? Remember: Do something.

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    Donna says

    Wow did this one hit me between the eyes. I freeze up when it is time to really put myself out there, thus I am not a failure because I hold myself back from having a chance to succeed. Is that like being my own worse enemy? But when I started this I made a promise to myself, win lose or draw I am giving this handmade business my all. So even if ( or should I say when) I make mistakes, I will learn from them and keep trying. Gussy you have put together an amazing tool for us all to use. Thank you Maam.

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    I make Messenger Bags to sell. I sewn a lot of bags and made a lot of mistakes, but I learned along the way. The business is slowly growing. The big thing here is that I just carried on. When I made a mistake I read up some more and tried again. One thing I learned is that you never can say that you know everything – everyday I learn something. Now I feel confident enough to go the website route. The important thing is to say “sorry” if you make a big mistake and then make it right – even if you must make a new bag !!!. Don’t let other people put you down. You know when you tried your best. After a big disappointment – rest a while and go on again. Think positive – it is not easy every day, but worth trying.

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    My biggest mistake in 2010 when I was starting/learning to sew as a hobby was pricing. I priced as just that, a hobby. Then when I learned about pricing I have increased my pricing on items & it hasn’t effected my sales like I thought it would have! I have learned so much from you & this site & emails that you have so kindly responded too. I am still reading my way thru the books that you recommended on handmade biz by Kari Chapin. I have both!

    Thank you!

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