I know you may think that the beginning of the year starts off slow even though you have been writing down your goals for the new year. Now that the New Year is here, it’s time to take action! You know what they say, “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, but of course in your case actions speak louder than goals.
If you are an artist, designer, craftsman, or a entrepreneur overall you should definitely create a plan to take action in order to begin on the right foot this year.
Below are 4 areas of focus to prepare yourself and your business for the New Year:
1. “Reading Is Fundamental”
Do yourself the favor by giving yourself the advantage of gaining knowledge you need. Start reading newspapers, magazines, and even find blogs in your area of interests. Understand the Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal contexts you operate in. In the long-run you will be empowering your leadership skills as your own business woman or man.
2. Improve Your Products:
Begin with researching your product and finding new ways to improve your designs. You can find ways to improve the creation of the product, design, packaging, and branding. Another way to improve your designs or rather give them a new look is to see what is currently trending. Check out accessible trend forecasting websites, blogs, and magazines that provide information on the latest trends. Take time to brainstorm, maybe take a day to sketch out or write down new ideas, and new materials you would like to work with.
3. Brand Yourself:
Find ways to promote your work ,not just on social media sites but in person. If you have someone in mind you would like to design for or do work for, find out their interests, what they buy and why they buy it. Start looking for events that relate to the product you sell or business you have
in order to socialize with the crowd who potentially could be your customers.
When I say travel, yes I mean internationally, but I also mean where you reside. Go visit a museum or random events that involve your focus of business. If you are a designer, maybe attend a Fashion show or museum exhibition of garments. If you are looking to step out of your comfort zone find inspiration and a fresh outlook to life, visit a new destination.
As seen in www.Craft Afrika.com