Today, I am grateful for support.
Here is my post from http://katiebdesignshop.wordpress.com:
Support is a little word for something that can have such a huge impact on a business. With it, you succeed and you thrive. Without it, you fail. There are people who want you to succeed and will do anything they can to help you, but unfortunately there are also people who want to see you fail, or want to see you struggle, or who just don’t care one way or the other. I suppose it’s the name of the game, the whole competition thing, and wherever there is competition there will be ugliness. There are people who will wish you luck, but not offer support. There are always people who care about you, but not your business. It is a gloomy situation but it is what it is.
For every person who hasn’t supported me or helped in any kind of way, There are several amazing friends who have done the polar opposite to make up for it. They have cross posted updates on Facebook, bought items to wear and promote, spread KatieBDesigns by word of mouth, and literally done whatever they can to help me get on my feet in this business. They have offered me ideas, worn my pieces, and been an inspiration to me throughout this whole process. I am by no means a top seller and am still hovering around the -$200 mark on profits, but that is ok because I know with my motivation and the support of my friends and loved ones, I will break that barrier (darn that -$200!!).
I have set a goal for myself – 100 orders on Etsy. I am at 62 right now. 38 more orders to get to 100. I can do this, and when I do, I plan on rewarding those who have given me the most support, I would name you all, but I am afraid I would leave someone out. Book club girls, you are on the top of this list! I owe you all so much!
It is seriously so easy to cross post on Facebook and help someone promote their business, and I know this more now than ever, and no ones support goes unnoticed. If you have a friend struggling to get a business off the ground, be it jewelry, photography, knitting, what have you, offer your support. Even offering to hand out business cards on their behalf or tacking some up on the work bulletin board, spreading the business by word of mouth, anything helps.
I could spend 24 hours a day promoting and working to get sales in my shop, but in the end, I’ll never be able to reach as many people as all of my friends put together can, and I am so incredibly grateful for that. Support is an easy thing to offer and makes such a big impact, and I know that is a fact.