Monday, September 15, 2014

Inspiration Monday Follow Your Dreams

Today's Inspiration Monday post is all about growing your Handmade Business and following your dreams. I am going to share with you three must read books to grow your business, a few inspirational blog post to help you learn to follow your dreams, and a video that I hope will inspire you to take the steps toward following my dreams.

First I want to share three of my favorite books for the handmade entrepreneur. These books are a great resource for you if you are just starting out or even if you have been in business for a while and just need a few fresh ideas to add a little spark to your business.

 You can find more information about each of these books below and if you would like to purchase these the links will take you to the Amazon site. ( these are affiliate links and I will receive a small percentage of the purchase price.)
1. The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online
2.Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business
3.Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business

I would also like to share a few blog post from some of my favorite bloggers with you about following your dreams, and building a better business or blog. These post may be long but they each have loads of valuable information.

The first post I would like to share is The Art of Chasing Your Dreams by Alisa Burke. This post is full of wonderful videos full of inspiration and hope for you if you are really trying to chase your dreams.She also has a couple of post about The Art of Blogging that I think are great reads as well. Here is one and two.

I know that I am like most creatives when it comes to managing my time better and I found a very helpful post about managing your time with block scheduling from Ali Edwards. The Blog post is titles Thoughts On Block Scheduling, It is a really must read post.

I also know if you are anything like me it is not just your time that needs organization. My studio is always in need of better organization that my mind can be free from all the clutter and visual clutter. There is a great blog series that has been around for a couple of years and I have found myself revisiting it to keep me motivated to keep my space more cohesive to working in. This series if from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs, It is a week long series to help you clean up and clean out your creative space.

Balzer Designs
All you have to do is click on the image above to read all about it. 

Just remember that following your dream is worth it, so don't give up. 

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