Rollercoaster Make it Happen membership group

Community – The Rollercoaster : Make It Happen

A few weeks ago I talked about The Indie Rollercoaster group on Facebook, and I mentioned that I’d just joined the membership group run by the lovely Leona Thrift-ola. It’s been such an amazing week, so I thought I’d shout about it here ūüėĀ.

Each week we focus on something different, with Leona bringing in a guest to do a live chat. We have workbooks to go through, which makes us think seriously about what we’d like from our business and where we’d like our business to go. We’ve covered things like business plans, our own version of success, finances, copyright, social media, visibility and community. We work on the good bits and the bits that make us feel uncomfortable. This past week we were set a few challenges. We could work through these by writing a post, by making a video or going live in the group if we felt we could. I felt sick thinking about the latter two…I hate anything like that. But…by the end of the week I’d done three videos and I went live for the last challenge! I felt awesome!

I have learnt so much from this group..from the other members too. It’s like having your own cheer leading team, that is made up of knowledgeable, awesome peeps that are happy to share, hold and support each other. Each of us are on a slightly different part of the path, but we can see each other and reach out if we need to.

If you are looking to find some awesome support then I wouldn’t hesitate in joining the main group – The Rollercoaster of Running an Indie Business.¬† Leona is also opening up the membership group to new members in a few weeks, so if you want to push yourself that bit further (for your and your biz) I would wholeheartedly recommend that too.¬†¬†Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve done to help my business this year.

Blogtacular entry band

Brain-Melting Blogtacular!

Blogtacular 2018 Kat Molesworth Hello

Wow!  My first Blogtacular!  What an absolutely amazing experience.  This was my first ever business conference and what a conference it was.

Handmade Haven at Blogtacular 2018

There was the opening Keynote speech by Tiffany Han then three workshops (I chose SEO, Pinterest then Instagram Stories) and then the closing keynote by Anthony Burrill.  By the end I felt completely exhausted but inspired.  The room was full of awesome business women Рand a couple of men Рwho were all there to learn from and support each other.

 

 

When I got back to the hotel I felt overwhelmed so I¬† went for a walk round London for a couple of hours, then slept the whole night!¬† My brain has been whirring since…I’ve got loads of notes, loads more to add to my to-do list, loads of new things to learn, but I’m so looking forward to working through them.¬† Tuesday was the first day I felt normal again (sorry to anyone who saw me on the Monday on the plummet down!)

Blogtacular 2018, event photos

Blogtacular 2018 © Will Ireland

 

 

World Environment Day – 5th June

The focus of the UN World Environment Day this year is #beatplasticpollution…and rightly so.¬† For my business I’ve always strived to use things that can be reused or recycled, for instance, when I was sourcing jars for the salts or scrubs, glass was the only way to go.¬† I was always conscious that this would make postage costs higher, and there are the obvious problems of possible breakages, but I really didn’t want to use plastic.¬† This was 7 years ago, when having an earth-friendly policy wasn’t really the norm.¬† I was working on my own gut instincts and what I felt was right.¬† I’m very proud of what I do now..

  • paper wrappings and labels that can all be recycled or composted
  • organic cotton/hemp, pure linens that can all be composted at the end of their life
  • cotton thread which can be composted
  • paper envelopes and re-using boxes for posting out
  • environmentally friendly packing peanuts
  • my business cards are printed with veggie inks
  • the essential oils I use come in glass bottles
  • I save packaging for reusing
  • Re-purposing the vintage sheets to give them a new lease of life

There are still things that are plastic which I try and re-use where I can.  The cocoa and shea butters come in plastic tubs so the Hubby takes them and uses them in the garage.

I have a stash of my old plastic mailing bags just in case someone requests their order in that instead of the paper envelope, and I have the document pockets for sticking onto boxes as it’s either that or masses of sellotape.¬† If I receive something and it comes with plastic bubble wrap or those air bags, I re-use those in some orders and add a little note asking for it to be reused again.

There are things I’m not really sure what to do with..like the plastic thing the bias binding comes on.¬† Some of them are cardboard so I can recycle them, but some are a really hard plastic!¬† It is a quandary.

Handmade Haven Gift Box Details

Gift box wrappings

Indie Rollercoaster

Indie Rollercoaster Make it Happen

I cannot begin to describe what the Indie Rollercoaster group has done for me over the past few weeks.¬† Let me back-track slightly – at the beginning of the year I had a part time job along side trying to run my own business.¬† This job was low paid, very stressful and had very unpredictable working hours.¬† Not good when trying to run your own business too.¬† So after discussing it with my Hubby, I left at the end of April.¬† Welcome to scary world!¬† Now I have to make sure my business definitely works as there’s bills to pay.

A lovely friend told me about this group on Facebook who are very helpful and friendly.¬† Oh my gosh!¬† This is not just a group, but a community of lovely people who are only too happy to share their knowledge and expertise.¬† And even a virtual hug if it’s needed.¬† I’ve given myself so much work to do (all good stuff) through the help and advice on here.¬† I’m taking it to the next level starting from next week as there’s a membership group where I’m going to learn even more stuff!¬† I’m sure I’ll be right out of my comfort zone, but that’s all to the good.¬† Bring it on!

Feel the fear…

Woohoo…I think I’m finally getting there with this website stuff.

I am a member of an awesome Facebook group which supports indie biz folks through every possible thing you can think of.¬† On a Friday there is a ‘Feel the Fear and do it anyway’ post where members share their positive stories from the week – however big or small.¬† It’s an awe-inspiring post as you can imagine…well today I can definitely say I’ve managed it and come out on the other side.