Take Care – Editor’s Scraps

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

I'm going to give you some well-learned advice that will probably sound like your mom or your granny talking. But you know what? Their shouts of 'Don't forget your sweater' saved you many a miserable cold. So listen up! Sometimes we all need a little reminder.royalty-free-granny-clipart-illustration-215342

During the Holiday Season Rush:

  • * Make sure to eat a good meal at work, no matter how busy you are.
  • * Keep water by your elbow and tip it back often all day.
  • * Take a break at least once an hour and stretch and breathe.
  • * Admire your own handiwork and appreciate the artwork you're sending out.
  • * Take full pleasure in the emotion your clients feel about those special gifts you're helping them create. Share with them.
  • * Put your feet up every chance you get.
  • * Clean and organize your work area at least once a day, especially if you're too ¬†tired. Avoid accidents.
  • * Remember it's the holidays and find every possible moment of good cheer!

A special holiday wish of happiness and love to you from me!  -Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor

Mind-mapping Your Business – Editor’s Scraps

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

There is a scrap cabinet in every frame shop I know. Why? Because leftovers are often gems and full of profitable inspiration. Here's something I've learned:

 

While approaching NaNoWriMo, I learned a new technique as a writer and saw an immediate application to improve the process of Business Planning for those of us who are more visual or artistic in nature.

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An outline is important to the success of a story, and a Business Plan is important to your success story as a Picture Framing Shop or Gallery owner. The traditional approach can put us off from the process of planning, leading to haphazard decisions, plot lines that go nowhere...Our business will wander without direction to oblivion.

But here's a technique that's fun and brings the plan forward in an intuitive manner. Mind-mapping! Use colored pencils or markers and choose a color to represent your center. Write the first word that occurs to you. This can be your endpoint, or where you are now. Begin adding colors, words, images if you'd like, that build out from this center in all directions. Some may circle back and most will interconnect to other ideas you've represented.

The point is to be free and express whatever associations you find as you represent your path to success. You may be surprised what shows up on this map from your mind and how many great points you'll find to work on with a purpose.

Enjoy the process of creating and discovering all those goals and ideas for getting where you want to go, and enjoy following your map to a stronger business and more directed workdays.

-Sheri J. Kennedy, Editor