Today’s blog is brought to you courtesy of Mrs. Carmichael, Megan’s former neighbor, proprietor of Hav’ A Cuppa, and central fairy protagonist of Feeling Lucky!I’m Mrs. Carmichael these days, though I was known as Cobb back when the Bard was writing. But that’s neither here nor there. Megan was exactly right to put that money into a foundation that nurtures small businesses because that’s how fortunes are made! You’ll never get rich working for someone else, trust me on that dearie!
Now it’s not that difficult to start a business, but you have to know what you’re doing. First, you’ve got to decide what you want to sell or provide. You can look around you for a need that wants filling, but you’re also got to know what you’re willing and capable of doing. Don’t be opening a shop if you don’t want to spend all day on your feet dusting stock. Better to be doing a mail-order business if that’s the case.
You can build on your strengths and interest. I knew a lovely lady once who took a small inheritance from her mother and bought a long-arm quilting machine. Plenty of work in finishing quilts and plenty of money then for herself and her children.
You can be as big or as small as you wish, but you canna be shy. You must let people know who you are and what you can do for them. This doesn’t have to be hard. Always carry a card or brochure with you and hand that over if you can’t think of something to say. If you’d like a book mark for Feeling Lucky, just email kathybrys at gmail dot com. And of course, there’s always this internet for telling complete strangers your business!
You have to watch your expenses. Now some may tell you I’m tight, but I’m nowhere near as tight as those leprechauns! Why the trouble Megan went though to get Fergus to part with his money doesn’t bear thinking of! But you do need to watch your costs! You canna make an item so expensive that no one can buy it. So you need to watch your time and materials and mayhap do something clever like Dancing Light Bijoux’s upcycled jewelry.
Whatever you do, stick to your vision. It’s no good doing the same thing everyone else is. You need to do something that makes you stand out. Be known for something special, be it the best service, the best quality, or a whole new twist on an old tradition like GemsAndKnots’s micro-macrame jewelry.
So don’t you be standing around wishing for the lotto to make you a fortune. If you win the lotto, that’s fine, but either way, get yourself a plan and go to work. Wishing is just leprechauns fooling around. So you just hop it, sonny, and make your fortune your own self!