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Artisan Vending: Get Paid To Travel While Doing What You Love

Artisan Vending: Get Paid To Travel While Doing What You Love

Festival season is upon us! For a lot of people this means at least one weekend this summer full of dancing to some of their favorite music, basking in the sunshine with their favorite people, and making a statement with the most eccentric outfits and accessories available to them. Music festivals have not only created an atmosphere of outward expression through music, dance, and art but fashion has come to the forefront of self expression for attendees. Many festival goers have used their personal appearance as an outward expression of self. It is a chance for many who don’t have the opportunity in their daily 9-5 to let the peacock within spread those beautiful tail feathers.

This trend has created quite the business opportunity for crafty/creative individuals. Now, you can google “festival clothing,” search Etsy and Instagram, and immediately find several sites dedicated to creating unique clothing and jewelry specific to the festival culture. Coachella is a good example of a fashion-focused festival. There are several blog posts all over the internet focused solely on what is “in” this season.

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For those creative hobbyists who have been doing things like geocaching and collecting precious stones to make jewelry already, entertaining the idea of creating a business model around exactly that is a no-brainer. So what is next? Now that the idea has sprouted excitement where do you start?

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    Create enough for expected/desired audience

    Now that you have decided that you are going to make the jump from hobbyist to small business entrepreneur, creating enough product to attract and maintain steady revenue is your first feat. If one-of-a-kind festival jewelry is your route this is no easy task. Each piece takes quite a bit of time, sometimes days. Find a pace that works for you, learn as you go and make room for mistakes and mishaps. Being a one woman jewelry factory is no easy feat so keep track of those shortcuts for your jewelry cleaning processes and creation as you go. Excel and word docs are now my best friend.

    Generate an online presence

    It is the 21st century–there is no longer a successful business without a successful online presence. It is extremely important to the success of your new business venture to create an online voice and business through Facebook, Instagram, and your online store.Your goal is not only to create new customers but repeat customers. Keeping your business at the forefront of buyer’s minds in your niche is easily done through social media. Once someone has purchased from your store, having a space or several where previous customers have visual reminders of new products will be key.

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    Things to keep in mind

    You’ve created a healthy inventory, your online presence is buzzing with excitement and pleased customers, now what? A lot of artisan jewelers use their niche as an opportunity to travel and share their work at the festivals that their customers are attending. This side of things brings on a whole other realm of potential struggle. There are so many positive elements to working festivals. The idea of doing what you love for a living and being able to see the country while doing it sounds like a dream. Meeting new people and making connections with like-minded individuals, being able to enjoy the music, and sharing your creation face to face makes for a wonderful experience, but it’s harder than it sounds.

    Surviving a festival is a learning experience as well. When traveling to any festival, pack as light as possible. Remember everything you pack in has to be packed out. Cleanliness is difficult as well. Keeping your precious creations out of the dust while staying retail worthy is a task, especially with customers who want to touch and try individual pieces on, this could be highly stressful.

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    There is also the matter of staying healthy and getting the proper nutrients while you are traveling to and from these festivals. Granted festival food vendors are always delicious, but the average plate costs $10-$15. That will add up very quickly. My advice is to pack not only non-perishable foods but vitamins as well. Vitamin C, Echinacea are my go-tos when I begin to feel under the weather. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.

    The largest roadblock for a lot of new artisans is the price tag. Being able to showcase your work at a festival ranges anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand–not counting the cost of travel and food while in attendance–for a small tent space, where there is no guarantee you will make your initial investment back.

    As a business owner this will have to be your judgment call. Monitor your online presence, as well as your followers and the festivals they attend. This will help you decipher whether or not it is financially beneficial for you to attempt this route of business. For many the online route makes the most sense but if you have caught a case of wanderlust and think this could work for you, it could be quite the adventure. Best of luck turning your hobby into something that is also financially advantageous!

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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