May Goals

Here’s how I did on my April Goals for Modish Biz Tips:

1.  Contact 3 illustration agents in regards to repping me.

2. Go over and update contact list.

3. Finish designing postcard mailer, get it printed and mailed.

4. Email contact list announcing new site and new work, asking if they’d like to be on my mailing list.

5. Get “Hello” postcard printed.

6. List two new items on Etsy. 

7. Outline a 6 month marketing plan for myself.

8. Update my site and Hire an Illustrator with new work.

ehh 6 out of 8 isn’t so bad.  Right?

I did start on an email  newsletter, #4, and went back and forth for a while on whether or not to use an “email marketing service.”  Pro being that this way I could have pretty html formatted emails that would actually show up in people’s inboxes.  Con being that my email list seemed kind of small to actually pay for this sort of thing.  Then the other day I found Mail Chimp!  It has a bunch of different price options, and it seems like I can use the free version until I grow into one of their other plans. So I’m working on setting up a newsletter with them.  

I guess I’ll have to add those two to my new list: May Goals:

1.  Add images of what I have in my etsy shop to my Goodies page on my site.  The images will link to Etsy.  Some day I’d love to Other Such Things to be its own entity, separate from my illustration work really.  But for now I think that will serve as a nice enough “home page” for my etsy shop.  I’m just not up for building a whole new site for it, until its really going.  

2.  Research specifics for new kid product.  Every winter when all the magazines roll out their gift guides, I’m torn between oohing and ahhing, and screaming because I didn’t get it together to have something of my own in there.  SO. This year I’ve come up with a cute gift idea that I should get done by the summer so I can send it out to magazines.  No more screaming in the snow. That’s the goal. 

3.  Contact Thumbtack Press and possibly others to see if they’re interested in carrying any of my work as prints. 

4.  Make bear drawing into a poster. 

5.  Get Garden promo postcard printed. 

6.  List Hello postcard in the shop.

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15 Responses to “May Goals”

  1. modernemotive Says:

    Hey there,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. Always love meeting new people.

    Wow, what a productive April you had. Congratulations. Seriously.

    Good luck with May. It’s a big one for me. Must get cracking…

    Adele

  2. Andrea Says:

    Hi,
    Good list again this month. Good luck with your goals. I love the postcard.
    Cheers,
    Andrea
    My goals and a link to you…CrowNology

  3. andothersuchthings Says:

    ooh thanks you guys! Fun to meet you…

  4. glademade Says:

    good luck with your goals!

  5. papermango Says:

    6 out of 8 is awesome! And your work is stunning! Good luck in May.

  6. Rachel Says:

    I’m going through and reading everyone’s lists and this is my first time here. I just have to say how much I LOVE your header!!! 6/8 is fabulous!

  7. plushroomsoup Says:

    Rock on! I’m super impressed by all you accomplished in May. And your postcard is lovely! Good luck in May.

  8. andothersuchthings Says:

    Hi Everybody!
    Thanks for all the kind words! I’m finding this whole goal meetup so encouraging. Nice to meet you all… yay for new blogs to explore!

  9. Liz Says:

    You did SO great on your goals for April… hope you do same for May. I am so getting stuck on the marketing stuff, can I ask did you have help from someone with you 6 month marketing plan, or do you have a good book to recommend? thanks -Liz

  10. andothersuchthings Says:

    I just looked and SCORE has a business plan template:
    http://www.score.org/business_toolbox.html

    Though if anyone else knows of info on this, I’d love to hear it.

    And of course Etsy. Though you’ve probably already thought of that. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t really taken full advantage of all the advice they have to offer…

  11. lesley Says:

    wow, well done on last month’s accomplishments. i love this goals posting, it motivates me so much more than making promises to myself 😉 good luck!

  12. leaderofmen Says:

    6 out of 8 is great! What’s going to happen with the illustration agents? That sounds exciting!

  13. andothersuchthings Says:

    Hi Liz,
    I thought I posted here last night for you re all the marketing stuff. Guess i was more sleepy than I thought:)
    I didn’t have any help per say, but made that list from the research I’ve been doing for a while. Though I have a couple other recommendations:
    Make It:
    http://rifferaff.typepad.com/
    A blog about starting a crafting business from the ground up. I’ve been following it for a while and its SO helpful- I can’t say enough good things about her! She also does the Etsy series on Modish Biz Tips.

    Marketing Mentor:
    http://www.marketing-mentor.com/
    Marketing consultants that also have books, reasonably priced marketing plans and a helpful blog.

    Hope this helps a little! I’ll let you know if anything else comes to mind…

  14. Anna Says:

    Excellent that you’re going to have the ‘Hello’ postcards in the shop – I’ll be getting some. 🙂

    Oh, and I ended up going with Mail Chimp a while back for the same reasons – I didn’t want a big complicated monthly-fee dealie, just something clean and pretty that would let me send a simple newsletter out to customers.

  15. andothersuchthings Says:

    Hi Anna,
    Yeah I just sent out my first newsletter and I love it!
    And so glad to hear I have a future customer:)

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