Today we're going to focus on doing precisely what the title of this post is ordering us to do -- namely, going through the list we made in the previous post and picking something to tackle. Something we can handle right now, with the time and resources and budget we have. Using this approach will hopefully make the big, long list a little less cringe-worthy.
Of course, as we progress to the actual running-a-business phase, we'll have lots to do. We'll have to do some items on the list continuously -- like taking photos of our work,for instance -- and we'll even have several tasks to perform in a given day. Creating, pricing, photographing, packaging, shipping, and many other things, depending on what's happening in our lives and with our business. But right now, when we're just starting out, we're a little limited. We have Day Jobs to maintain, plans to make, modest amounts of money to work with, and plenty of things left to learn, and we'll need to save some items on our list for later on.
A condensed version of this advice? Do what you can right now. Trust that the rest will happen in time.
I'll use myself as an example. Would you like to know an embarrassing secret? I don't know how to use a camera. I mean it! I'm terrified of the things. The camera belongs to Mr. Sequin, and I won't even touch it. That, and we have Lighting Issues. Major ones.
Now, I could treat this as a terrible stumbling block. See this as some sort of sign that I should give up. But you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to put this issue away -- just for now -- and focus on the things I can do.
I'm going to continue creating pieces that challenge and delight me. I'm going to refine my technique and look for ways to get my work "out there," such as contests and teaching opportunities and charity auctions. I'm also going to do something HUGE.
I'm going to... clean and organize my studio. It's something I've been avoiding forever, and something I might have dismissed as busywork a few months ago. But the thing is, I need to know what I have. I need to know where to find what I have. I need a usable work space because honestly, the couch doesn't cut it! It's a lot to do, but I know I can do it. Because I have the determination, but also because I know how to make it easier. Which brings me to the next point.
Once you've decided which task to tackle, it often helps to break it into smaller, more manageable pieces. Maybe you're tidier than I am -- and I sincerely hope so! But if you're not, you can collect containers of various sizes (I love empty cookie tins, shoe boxes, and cream cheese containers) and label them. Put like items together and condense your supplies to free up space.
Once you've got your supplies in boxes, start with one corner of the room and work your way to the next, putting boxes on shelves and sorting through anything that's left. You can design some inexpensive, but tasteful, displays for your pieces (perhaps out of old picture frames?) and hang them on the walls, creating more shelf/desk space. It's just a guess at this point, but I think having a neat workspace will make me feel more like a professional.
(I'd also like to remember what the floor looks like. I think it was hardwood?)
So there you have it! Of course, I encourage you to tweak this advice so that it works for you. Many people, Mr. Sequin included, are more comfortable having several things going at once and working on each a bit at a time, so as to avoid boredom.
As you work on tasks, it may help you to surround yourself with people who will cheer you on, and who will show you that following your dream is possible by doing that very thing, themselves. The next post in this series will cover just that.
Thanks for reading! Have a sequintastic day.