It’s all business, baby

There are very few nights during the week that I am able to go to bed before 10 pm. Ironically, on those nights, I am unable to sleep. I lay awake worrying about stuff that I don’t even need to worry about, but I can’t get them out of my head. Since my boyfriend wakes up at 5 am and has a very strenuous job, I don’t want to wake him, so I normally find myself on the couch, thinking. Luckily, this insomnia has given me some time to think about the direction of all of my work. And here is what I have decided.

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When I started baby burrito collective (my online art collective), I had a big picture of what I wanted. Back when I lived in Sacramento, I was big into the art scene, even though I never considered myself an artist. I just loved being around it all, and I loved to help promote my artist friends the most that I could. I wanted to keep that going when I started my art collective. I couldn’t do it in person that much anymore, so I wanted to do it all online. Since everything is so out there right now, and not a whole lot of people are taking their stories to the media anymore, that part of it is limited. So, I’m offering more web services now: adding people to my website and online store, creating flyers and pretty much anything else they need to get started. I’m still working on transforming it, but I’m seeing my vision become more and more clear, day by day.

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I have also decided to change my online handmade shop from Mariposa Blossoms to Sweet Mariposa. For some reason, that name has just sort of stuck with me, and it sounds so beautiful, so I decided to change it. I have also added another person to my shop, my friend Kandyce! I’m going to be putting up a few of her paintings, and some new stuff I’m working on, so they should be up there soon! I’m really excited to see what will happen with this shop!

And finally…my first love, this blog. I thought about it really hard, and this is what I want to see happen. I like the flow that it has right now, and I’m hoping to add some more profiles on women who started their own businesses, especially moms. I love hearing their stories and I feel so inspired every single time I write about them. I have been contacting a bunch of lovely ladies – to the point that I feel like a vacuum saleswoman at times – and I am hoping to share some of their stories soon. I also hope this will lead me to some people that I could write about in my book, but only the future will tell. I will be sharing some more news soon!

I am always looking for people and companies to partner up with. The online handmade community is one of the biggest reasons that I started blogging, and I love everything about it. If you think your story would fit with this blog, or if you think your company would benefit from sponsoring this blog, please let me know. I would love to work with you. I am also thinking of starting a book club that is centered around reading homemade business books. Let me know if you’re interested in joining!

Thank you so much for joining me on this wonderful journey. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. I’m pretty much everywhere. Let me know if you want to be featured on my blog, or if there is someone you think I should interview. Post in the comments and use the hashtag #businessminded on any of the social media sites listed above.

Thrifty Thursdays

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Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure there is a book on literally every topic. With the introduction of e-books, there now appears to be an e-book on even more topics. And with the introduction of e-books, came the birth of free e-books. It’s insane what you can find a free e-book on: how to get your kids to love you, getting your kids to clean, probably one on getting the man in your life to lower the toilet seat when he’s done.

In this interesting land of free e-books, there are actually some pretty cool reads on crafting, gardening, starting your own business and more. But there are also some pretty lame ones, too. Like, I read a few e-books on planning a baby shower but couldn’t find one that fit my style. Basically, I didn’t want to plan the baby shower for my grandma.

So, I’ve picked some pretty cool e-books that are free, and actually cool and useful.

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Art Studio Organization: Ideas and Projects for Storage, Design, and Decorating Your Art Studios from Cloth Paper Scissors. This book gives different projects for organizing and designing your art studio. According to this book, I can have a “mom cave.” I’m already interested.

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4 Free Easy Sewing Patterns: Easy Patterns for Beginners and all Sewists from Sew Daily: If you have ever purchased sewing patterns, you know how absolutely wonderful it is to get four free patterns! Includes patterns for an eye pillow and a bib.

Image property of Create and Connect project

Image property of Create and Connect Project

Build Your Dream Biz from Create and Connect Project: Free guide on how to build your online craft business with interviews from three big bloggers. This project was started by two businesswomen who wanted to work together, just not in cubicles anymore. They also offer different programs and services for helping your online business. Definitely worth checking out more than just the book.

Image belongs to Fave Crafts

Image belongs to Fave Crafts

Recycling Crafts: 42 Ways to Recycle from Fave Crafts: I found this book through Craft Gossip, which led me to the Fave Crafts site. The book is separated into seven different sections, based on what material you are using. If you like that book, they have a whole bunch of free e-books involving different crafts.

Do you have a free e-book you would like to share? Post in the comments!