It’s been about 2.5 years since I started building my business starting in paper crafts and eventually into laser engraving and stamp making. I talk more about my journey in my post here. Finally, it has started to take form and I can grow my business.
As I have imagined it, I would pour my heart and soul into building something with a solid foundation, maintaining my philosophy, integrity and dedication to all that I do. And wherever I go, I can still have the same mission statement as I did when my 7th grade teacher told the class to learn how to think and make responsible decisions. (I think that was the day when I couldn’t keep my mind quiet forever…lol)
As any dedicated seller would do, I do my due diligence and research current trends on sales and prepare my next few months. In researching why one product line has taken a bit of a dip, I looked up its keywords on etsy to find a copycat doing the same type of stamp sets as I’ve always been doing since pretty much the same time I started making stamps. (Yes, it’s hard not to be the same when you’re making stamps but that seller has obviously changed her line to include the same kind of traits as mine through the several months I have been launching different stamp sets) Even so, I thought it could have been a coincidence but 7 messages later within 2 mins of one another and a few firsthand experiences with other sellers on what they think of the reaction, I could only conclude that someone who has done something wrong could react with such unprofessionalism. Yet, with as much as a light heart as my third chakra could carry, I answered with a second reply that she would ignore what I’ve said and get on with our businesses as this is obviously unproductive and she has become angry with me.
My Mister suggested I contact her, I listened…and that’s probably the last time I’d take his opinion on this topic. LOL
With that said, I thought about how this energy could be converted into growing a productive meaningful business. Because seriously, at the end of the day, I do have a lot more ideas that I’d like to venture off to and this copycat has ignited a fire that was always inside me which is serve others the way I want to be treated. Everything else that get in the way should not be of matter to me other than help me become a better person.
So to summarize my thoughts on how to start a business and keep it forever, here are my thoughts:
1) Always have a consistent and strong mission statement. Think big and it should date back to when you’re growing up and what you value.
2) Create fabulous items that are unique and support your mission statement.
3) Plan for change when others start to flatter you with their imitations and their versions of your items.
4) Always remember who you’re making these items for.
5) Be awesome. I have met plenty of awesome buyers from all over the world and staying awesome will only lead to more awesome in your life. (My grammar teacher would be not be proud how many awesome I used in the last sentence! LOL)
Until next time!!