Sooooo I’m broke. Not literally but kind of. At least until next Friday when my 9 to 5 pays me. Wanna know how this happened? By not planning. That is the sole reason I am broke and eating macaroni until next week :-(. As you know I have been really seriously trying to jump start my DIY blog and business and in doing so I’ve been just completing projects, buying any and everything I THINK I need and generally just haphazardly spending money that I don’t have. This is a warning! Don’t be like me. You will end up overdrawing your account and there is no good reason why that should be happening. So in my embarrassment and disgust with myself these are the 5 things I plan to put into action to better organize myself and my money.
I am no expert. Remember this blog is about my journey to build my DIY business. These tips are not fool proof but I plan to use these to better prepare myself and my bank account as I continue to grow my business.
1.) Plan Plan Plan. So this is my passion. Creating is my passion. Working with my hands is my passion. So if you’re like me this means whenever you see something amazing the first thing you do is go out and buy everything that is required to make said project and get to work. Well this won’t work it just isn’t smart. At least that is what my bank account has decided for me. I’ve learned that in order to make this a sustainable business I need to plan my projects. I don’t have to do everything the second I come across something inspiring. So I now have a calendar (online). On my calendar I have projects I would like to complete, supplies list, and tentative dates to post them to my blog. This gives me time to do my shopping for the month all at once. I’ll also be able to spend an entire weekend crafting and filming which is an amazing time saver.
2.)Write EVERYTHING down. From the blogging and DIY books I’ve been reading everyone says writing everything down is key. I’m talking EVERY LITTLE THING. No thing is too small to be captured in your notebook!
3.)Budget. From tip number one, plan your projects and add them into your monthly budget. This should be easy because the more you write down the more accurately you can plan for the cost of projects.
4.)Read. I am a big advocate of reading. Any blogging and DIY books or articles that I think can help me are being devoured and analyzed. What I’ve learned in life is to learn from your own mistakes but to leverage others experiences as well. Now that blogging has become more popular there are soooo many books to help get you started. And being a part of the etsy community there are tons of great tips on the website. Information is out there all you have to do is find it!!
You see how this is all tying together?? This is only the beginning. I plan to start with these but there are soooo many more. Leave any tips you have below. I’d love to hear from you!