Small Business: My First Sale!

I can’t believe it! Right after I posted my no sales yet post, I got one! I was so excited I was dancing (as well as I can dance) around the office singing “I got a sale, I got a sale!”

The biggest thing I need now is to manage my time. So I am starting to break it down and figure out how much time I need for each part of my day. I don’t want to be a workaholic, but I want to get things done. Right now I am missing time on a lot of things because I am stuck to the computer. Social media can suck you right in if you aren’t careful. I had two days where that was all I did! So now I have a routine I want to try and stick to and not allow myself to do all marketing and finance parts. I need production too! And I need to clean my house, care for my dog, relax some, keep up with spiritual things (that’s a must), etc.

I made a great vision board to help remind me of all the parts of my life that I need to pay attention to.

How about you? How do you manage your time?

Funny, I went to a pictures site that is free and find this great picture, just what I wanted. Turned out it was my picture! Ha!

What Design Should Come Next?

So I was thinking it would be great to let y’all pick the next design I put up in my store. So here is a poll to give you a chance to pick. I figure I’ll give it until a week from Friday and then I’ll put the design up that day. That is the 14th. So give the designs a look and let me know what you think!

B. Seashore
C. Desert

YouTube Site…I Made a Video!

I don’t really know whether to be scared or nervous or excited about this one! Me on camera, left to my own devices. Hmm. So, the two things I do wrong are: I don’t look at the camera enough and I say “um” a lot! But otherwise I don’t suppose it is too bad.

An Introduction

I don’t have any products yet to share with everyone, but I hope that by the time I do my next video I will. I do wish I understood how to edit the video. I don’t like that you see me getting up and down to turn the camera on and off. Editing that out would be nice.

Mostly I talk about how I got started in art and what I have done and am doing. I talk a little about my grandmother, the most creative person I have ever known. And I share some of my older paintings and drawings as well. I hope you will check it out and enjoy!

And remember to visit my store to see what I have. The promo code “myblog” is active through the 9th. That’s 10% off. So come check it out.

Opening Day!

Not too much to report. Things start slow, and it isn’t like a brick and mortar store where people drive by and say “hey! Let’s drop in.” I do have a facebook ad out, nothing big, just 20 bucks worth. And that seems to have helped. I had 14 people visit the store so far, but no sales. I do know that I have one in my future as my aunt said she had picked something out. I imagine that will be a payday sort of thing. But it is out there.

I was actually quite busy with other things, facebook and I were fighting this morning. Twitter and I have never been great friends. I don’t have a clue how to get anyone to follow me as I don’t have friends on twitter that I am aware of. Then I had to work on my office space, like I said somewhere today, I am very disorganized and I have to improve. Where did I say it, I thought it was just right here! My mind is going. I also signed up for a youtube account for the business and spent a good deal of time trying to create my first video. That was fun! You can find me at Kendall Stewart’s Art Shop, at least I think that is how you find me.

Tomorrow I have some personal things that have to be taken care of. But then I hope to have time to set up an instagram account for the business. I think I can handle that. And as I missed out on painting today, the first day in over a month, I hope I manage that.

Oh! I did some accounting and figured out how much my business owes me and WOW! Not as bad as it could be, but still I hadn’t realized I had spent so much.

So that has been my day, not so much in a nut shell! The important thing is I am having fun. I really, really am!

Grand Opening Tomorrow!!

I can’t believe tomorrow is it. Of course, I’ve been open all along, but everything is actually up now. I’m so new to this, I hope it all looks okay, not too cluttered. I hate cluttered websites. Wish I felt as strongly about cluttered desks!

So don’t forget, promo code “myblog” gets 10% off of everything, except shipping.

Here are some of the designs you’ll find there:

The Fun of Starting a Small Business Continues!

So it has been busy, busy, busy! At this point I think the only thing I have left is opening my bank account! I can’t do that though until I get some paperwork back from the state.

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I am looking into getting a new scanner, or printer/scanner, that is a higher definition than mine. What I scan is fine for here, but if I want to spread it out over a tapestry or a blanket, or a canvas, well, not so much at all. Problem is I don’t know anything about scanners and so I need to do some research. I don’t have thousands of dollars, but there are some scanners that sound like they are high definition and not so expensive, so maybe I could save the trips to Office Depot and the money to scan.

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I have been so busy lately that it has been hard to keep up with my painting and my spiritual routine so today is no business Friday! Except for posting here and uploading one design later on today. We’ll see if I can keep to that. Truth be told, I am loving doing it all. It is exciting and nerve racking and fun. Kind of like a roller coaster. I have just always wanted to share my art, the good pieces anyway. It started here, but this is such a broader opportunity, I mean it could be in people’s homes! I never would have imagined that!

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Okay, that is all for today, until I get my do-over done. That is the prompt for today, “do-over.” Have a nice one! And don’t forget to visit me at www.teespring.com/stores/kendall-stewarts-art-shop! 10% off with the promo code “myblog”

Grand Opening!

So it appears that my grand opening will be this Monday. Some items can be seen now by visiting Kendall Stewart’s Art Shop. I am very excited and hope you will all come and visit over the next few weeks. My hope is that I am able to put something new up in the store once every week or so after it opens. Between now and then, my goal is to put up one design a day. I have four designs up now. One of them is something I hadn’t shown here, it is an acrylic that I have always loved done around 25 years ago! Anyway, go take a sneak peek! Also as a bonus get everything for 10% off with the promo code “myblog”, this is good through August 9th, 2020. Hope you’ll drop on by!

Here is a tee-shirt with that painting I mentioned. It comes in short sleeve and tank tee-shirts as well, also some other non-apparel items too!

#WorldWatercolorMonth July 29th, 2020 Prompt: Yesterday

Hello everyone! Again a busy day. But I finally got to this, and it was a doozy. I wanted to do something like someone thinking back on the past or something like that but I didn’t like the idea of having to do a person, much less 2, one for today and one for “yesterday.” And my yesterday was at a desk behind a computer most of the day. Again, I didn’t want to do a person. I can only barely draw one and I have never painted one. So off to the internet for pictures. I finally found one of a woman behind a desk and computer and it was a computer graphic, not an actual person. I felt like I could handle that better. Not that it mattered, but as it turned out she didn’t have a face. So here you go:

Let’s get down to business boys…

I smudged a little around the hair, had way too much water. Still I might use this on a woman’s tee or a mug. I like the saying I put in, kind of 80’s, but hey, why not. Oh, no! I just looked up and my desk bled on the sides. I suppose that knocks that out. Maybe I’ll do another one.

Okay, now for all you folks that look at this I’m going to ask, please go and look at my lion I painted. I don’t know why but I haven’t gotten any likes for him and I thought he was pretty good. Now don’t like him if you don’t, but take a closer look…please.

And also for the bloggers out there, are you having any trouble with the publishing part of a post. It has changed in a few ways, but most importantly I can’t have a featured photo.

Wow! Update On Starting My New Business

I think this could keep me busy FOREVER! But that is kind of the idea. So, how goes it on starting a new business? Complex. I have my site, though I am not sure of the address (HOW??). And if the address is what I think it is I don’t like it. I have ordered my EIN. I have to make an appointment today to open a business account. I have started filling my unnamed store with products. That’s tedious. I have to call today to find out if I need a business license…I hope not, I am running low on funds. What did I say about not losing anything if it doesn’t work out? Ha! But I don’t see how it really couldn’t work out, as in bankruptcy not work out. Now I might lose my savings, but that wasn’t much to start with. I’ve applied as an LLC, I think that was part of the EIN process. I am struggling with the various social media. It’s ridiculous how slow I am at figuring out how to have separate pages for me and my store. And to be honest I don’t know if I have done it right. I have a separate email for the store. I still have to figure out advertising. I have three designs up in several products. I think I said that backwards, but you get it. And I believe I have SEVERAL videos to go through on how to get through this process successfully. And I want to open by Friday at the earliest, Monday at the latest. Yeah…right.

It’ll get better, right?

Okay now for the truth. I am having the time of my life! I am busy, yes. I am confused sometimes, yes. But I am having fun. I have always wanted to find a way to create and then produce something. The creating has been going on in one form or another since high school, on and off. But I have never had any solid way of sharing and selling my work. So this is truly exciting for me. I hope when I role out my store, you will all come and look. Also if you see any of my work that you would like to see in my store let me know! I’ve picked out what I thought was best and am getting it up bit by bit. But maybe something I am not as crazy about will be something you like! Also let me know what kinds of products you would like to see, t-shirts (men’s, women’s, kid’s) hoodies, cell phone covers, tote bags, coffee mugs, beach towels, indoor pillows, posters, etc. Okay, it is after 9 and I haven’t eaten, so I better do that and then call about an appointment with the bank. I’ll post again later with my daily prompt!