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Marketing is a Bitch, but I Love Her

Are you a small business owner?

If you are then you’ll be able to relate to this post. Or at least 99% of it.

Marketing is one of the most crucial aspects of being an aspiring entrepreneur. It’s how you get the word out to everyone outside of your immediate circle that you’ve got a hot product on your hands.

These days marketing has completely shifted from the olden days. And social media is to thank. Or blame.

So my Etsy shop has been doing excellent, especially considering I work a day job. I’m working on really ‘branding’ the shop — inventory, packaging, and marketing. I’ve learned it’s truly an artform.

When I was in college I took Marketing as an elective because (deep down inside) I always knew I would be an entrepreneur, not an Early Childhood Educator, but wishful thinking doesn’t pay the bills. And Early Childhood Education barely does. LOL.

I’m working towards the day when I can wake up in the morning, get my soon-to-be 3 year old up and off to school, drive or walk back home with a smile on my face because I know I’ve got some creative ideas up my sleeve for my business (as opposed to drudging through morning traffic with a glare of “get the eff outta my way you’re driving too slow” look on my face blaring my beloved Emarosa), arrive home, open my laptop and see several orders waiting in my Etsy shop to be shipped.

This daydream fantasy has massive potential. It can undoubtedly become my reality. I know this with every fiber in my being.

But first I gotta get a grip on this marketing bitch….               Um.           I mean bit!

I try to post regularly to Pinterest, Twitter, and my Facebook page and I even just bought ad space at JulieAnnArt.

But it’s still only the beginning. The beginning of attempting to market my business. And the beginning of my business period. 2020Vision Vintage (my etsy shop) is still in it’s infancy. So I’m remaining patient, yet diligent.

Speaking of businesses in their infancy, I found this kick ass site that I’m intrigued with — Brickyard Buffalo.

It’s a cool site developed by 3 women who feature small business owner’s one-of-a-kind product. Think “embryonic Etsy” without all the inventory. Brickyard Buffalo is small and relatively new. But they are already doin’ the damn thing!

So kudos to them. And kudos to me.

And be sure to swing by 2020Vision to see what new vintage finds I conjured up this week. Like these ultra-cool, never before worn, Stride Rite 1970’s dress casual shoes. *wink*
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Until next time.
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Sinful Sundays: I’m SO Over School

Hey Daydreamers!

It’s been A WHILE… I’ve been very busy. And I’m trying to not use that as an excuse. Because realistically, we’re ALL busy. There are plenty of mamas that work full time, parent full time and STILL make time for blogging. Full time.

Ideally I’d love to be one of those mamas. Who am I kidding?

I’d love to get paid for putting my ideas and creativity out there. Full time.

But life has to be lived. And life is busy.

Since the last time I’ve blogged I’ve moved, finished up a term at school, celebrated my son’s second birthday, and gone through enough emotional bullshit to drive anyone to drink. And I’m not a drinker.

Nevertheless…. the show must go on.

My confession for this Sunday is I HATE school. I’m SO over it!!! I know it’s November — the month of thanks, right? And I am thankful. I am grateful that I don’t have to pay for school out of pocket. As of right now. I’m grateful for maintaining a 4.0.

I’m grateful that I graduate in exactly 2 months! But that’s just with an associates.
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And that’s where the disdain for school seeps in.

I don’t know if I want to go BACK to school to complete a bachelors. I don’t necessarily know if I want to be a teacher in a school district. I know I don’t want to be confined to daycare for life. But I have dreams. And they don’t ALL revolve around being confined to a contract in someone’s school, capped off at the highest salary possible in 10 years, working on a Doctorates because a Masters is no longer good enough.
Fortunately, I enjoy my job. I love early childhood education. But I just have big visions.
Bigger.

So there… I admit it. I’m over school. Thank God I’ll be finished in 2 months because Lord knows I need a break.


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Mindful Mondays: Giving Thanks to My Colleagues

Here on Daydream Mom I want to start having a more regular, expected blogging ‘schedule’. The thought behind this is that I’ll always have content to blog about and readers will sorta know what to expect. I also have a tendency to be a bit scattered. Or what some would call a Scanner. So to counteract the incessant urge to be all over the place I need structure. My Capricorn Moon thrives off it.

So, yesterday was Sinful Sundays — a day for confessing a ‘sin’. I’m not religious. Nor do I attend church or mosque or synagogue. Therefore, what is ‘sin’? Regardless, I still like the idea of going to confession. For holding myself accountable. Or simply just to be candid.

My blog is my confessional.

Today being Monday, I wanted to give thanks for something in my life I am grateful for. Not just because it’s November and EVERYONE is giving thanks, but because I genuinely am grateful.

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