It's tips and tricks day!
Now, this site is for all women, but we hope this is an encouragement especially to you ladies pursuing your own creative endeavors: blogs, shops, photography, etc.
When women email me asking for advice on how to break out in the blog/shop world, I do three things immediately:
#1. I ask them to check and make sure they meant to email me. Hahahhaha.
and #2. I usually advise them to get on twitter and start jabbing (another post in itself)
and #3. I suggest that they start giving away SOMETHING.
free ad space, product, services, SOMETHING.
Now, don't stop reading, cause I want you to hear me out.
This isn't the old, ask a blogger if she'll wear your necklace/eat your food/talk about your stuff so that you can get more exposure. I don't think there's anything wrong with that if your goal is just to make dollars, but I think if you're reading this - you're probably after more than that. You want to be a blessing.
So keep reading, ok.
1. Giving people your product blesses them. At the end of the day, as women of God, we want to be a blessing to the world around us. I'm learning that the kind of "love" I show others that doesn't cost me anything, isn't all that loving. So even if it costs you in product or in shipping or in time, the point is - you're still blessing someone and that is good. Whether it's sending some goodies to a friend having a hard week, surprising a fellow blogger or shop owner, donating your items to a giveaway or raffle, just give it away. Let's say that your business is in a slump and you're bound to make no money for an entire week. You can either make no money and have not been a blessing or you can make no money and have really made someone's day by gifting them with a little bit of your gift.
2. Giving away your product, in reasonable doses, adds value to your product. I think that as women of creative endeavors, we often have a hard time valuing the work of our hands and seeing it as profitable. But if the Lord has enabled and called you to this work and He is providing the time and creativity, it is valuable. Because of this, I'm not suggesting you never let people pay you for your goods or services. I had (and still have) a hard time with this if I have a friend who wants to spend money on my shop. I think letting people pay for something you've worked hard on is a great way to value the work of your hands, but I've also learned that by occasionally blessing people and perceiving their joy over that blessing - I know that I can and should move forward in my craft.
3. If you're ready to hear, you can get some feedback. Guys - I know it's hard. I'm about the most sensitive person in America. If you've been working hard or dreaming about your creative goodness for awhile, it can be hard to hear that it's not EXACTLY what makes someone stay awake at night excited. But I think it's so important to push past this point. Don't get offended when you ask friends, family, fellow creative ladies what would make your product or service the absolute best it can be. Listen to their wisdom and if it's constructive and helpful, take it!
So I'd love to hear from ya'll.
How do you feel about giving your goods away?
Do it all the time already?