2020 Year in Review

Hello my lovelies. What a wacky year, huh? I don't know about you but I'm ready to put this whole thing behind me! This post is just a summary of what happened with my business this year.

Craft Shows
2020 was the year I was going to make the big push to get this business to become successful, but the world had other ideas. I was able to attend a whopping 2 craft shows this year, the other 4 craft shows I was slated to attend got canceled due to the pandemic. The next show is coming up in March, and I'm hoping that one doesn't get canceled. 

At these craft shows (if it's permitted) I will be offering grab bags to clear out my older inventory. I believe the set price will be $10.00, and you will receive a 143 pendant, a pair of earrings, and a mystery product that retails for at least $20. Overall the bag's content will retail between $40 and $50. Due to limited quantities, these grab bags will not be offered online.

Online Store
I haven't been able to give the online business the attention it truly deserves. I've got a healthy majority of my products online and am making more. In early 2021 not only will you be able to shop jewelry, you will also be able to shop items for your home. This will range from trinket boxes to bookmarks to fun signs and magnets. 

Business Development
I have been working on gaining new skills needed to grow my business. I have been using my Glowforge to make products since April, 2020 (if you're interested in purchasing a Glowforge for yourself, please use my referral code - it'll save you up to $500 depending on which model you purchase: https://glowforge.us/r/VOILNULB), and I've just recently added a Cricut to my arsenal. While this new toy will be primarily used for the business side of things (making product tags, signage, etc.) I will be able to offer some items for sale starting around mid 2021. 

Personal
I have had a few medical setbacks this year (none of them COVID-related) that's also hampered the success of my business. I am also afflicted with the "Deadbeat Dad Syndrome" which has prompted me to get a 2nd job so I can keep the family out of the poor house. This now means that my business is now my 3rd job and the one that gets the least attention, which I find insufferable.

Summary
To not put too fine of a point on things, but 2020 sucked. With all the challenges I've faced it would be easy to just admit defeat and disappear into the ether, but I'm too ornery to just quit. I'm in this for the long haul, to make this my primary business where I do this full-time, and maybe one day have a brick-and-mortar store. So to 2021 I say "LET'S DO THIS!"

~ R