Thursday, 12 January 2017

New Year New BHC



I will be honest with you, I was totally inspired by Designosaurs blog post on small business new year resolutions, so rather than totally ripping it off, lets say this post is heavily inspired by it *shifty eyes emoji* When you start your business they tell you to have a business plan, and to keep updating it, so it's a 'living and breathing document' and to keep goals fresh and exciting, and despite 'New Year New You' being a huge cliche, I think it is a good time to renew these ideas. You are probably more inclined to welcome change, and come up with new ideas and have more time and patience to implement them into your working life. So here are my 2017 plans



I started off doing this in 2016 really well, however I became really unwell last year and certain things went out the window. I was doing a few posts a week including the interview with a small business which I super enjoyed doing, thinking back I was probably stretching myself a bit too thin with two or three posts a week, so I am going to set achievable goals. One post per week and make one of those post into the series of small business interviews of one per month! 



This is a big one because if there is one thing I despise doing it is photo shoots, but if there is one thing I hate more, it is poor quality photos on the site. I really got into doing photo concept shoots and look books so that is something I am going to continue this year too. 



Currently BHC is only stocked with the awesome Gimme Flair over in the states, but I would like to try some other avenues, maybe some local shops and online stores too? This one is quite scary for me, but I think it can only be a good thing.


If you asked for a commissioned piece last year, then chances are I might have turned you down. Time was limited for me for a number of reasons and often commissions are very time consuming, however much I enjoy them. So this year, I will be opening commissions once a month and setting a period in which to do them. 


In January last year, we launched monthly subscription boxes. However in December I decided that after a year it wasn't particularly working for BHC as a business anymore. There will be a blog post on this in more depth and more about the four bigger boxes I plan to do this year too which will have ready made exclusive pieces and maybe pins, patches, prints and hand selected pieces from other makers? 



Now I am not doing the subscription boxes I have more time to concentrate on new pieces, so rather than my usual two main collections, I am hoping to do three or four in addition to Christmas and Halloween, plus pins, patches maybe even some apparel? Also collaborate with some more people.



This is probably the most important one for me. I often have cool ideas for pieces but never get round to doing them fast enough and then someone else does them and I will look like a cheap and nasty copy cat. So if I think something might be an exciting piece, or want to jump on a trend but get worried about it, I should push that feeling to the side and just go for it. 

Those are my resolutions and now they are in print and out on the world wide web, I guess I have to hold myself to them, which was kind of the point! I would love to know any other small businesses resolutions, hit me up with them and I will link them below. 



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