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Monday Muse - But Different.

Typically Mondays I post a color palette to inspire you. Well today, I hope to inspire you in a different way.



2 weeks ago I got really mad. So mad I took a shower to cool down mad. I had gotten the meet the teacher letter and my third grader's school list was completely different than the district supplied list. 3 days before school starts I have to try and find her different supplies.

In the shower, I was fuming. Here I am a parent that plans. I budget for our school supplies. I buy them early so the kids can have a nice selection. Now everything is gone for the most part and I have to head out and try to find new stuff. What if I didn't have the money, 3 days before school started? What if I was still a teacher and I was having to shell out tons of money for my own class because I couldn't ask parents to supply anything we were preschool and 90% daycare voucher. Then I would be shelling out money for my class and my kids and being paid ...well frankly shit.

Then it hit me. I can't really do anything about the salary made as teachers, or the fact that education is far from respected. However, I can help teachers save in the pocketbook. So I set out and decided I was making my whole store $1 for the rest of the August.

I made cute social media posts about it, marked everything down and said ... it's 15 days or so, it's the least I can do to help out.

The business mind took over and said, set a goal for yourself and aim to hit it. Marketing is my weak point and frankly so is goal setting. I put it out there that I would like to pay off my Discover Card. Maybe it was a stretch thinking I would pretty much need to take all the activity I was having on my store and repeat that every day the rest of the month to get there.

Looking at things now that the month is over. I look at numbers and honestly, I missed the mark, by like $500. I can pay off a credit card in full, but not the one I had set out to pay off.

Usually, I would look at that and say... look once again I set a goal and missed it. My marketing hasn't worked .. this that or whatever. Today, I am not there. Today, I am looking at where I have come in just this past 2 weeks.

*Four times where I was before I put my store on sale.
*70+ new followers
*Daily new products (mostly things that I just needed to finish and kept putting off. Plus the desire to create and post them.)
*Dedicated time every day to marketing and not just relying on the passive search engine game.
*A stern close down the business time.
*A solid focus on what my business is going to be moving forward.
*Trimmed the fat to solidify my focus. (There is a post coming about that soon)

Honesty, yes, I am actually looking for a more stable full-time income because our financial goals need it. I know that if I am supposed to just stay working TpT, the sales from this month will need to increase by 7 times. So while the hunt is on. I am going to just keep plugging. August was a good month. It was a month that was good for the soul even though I missed my mark.

Moving forward and looking ahead. I hit some pretty major milestones for an online business in August.

*500+ Followers on Instagram
*500+ Followers on my Teachers Pay Teachers store
*500+ Reviews of products
*500+ Unit Sales in one month

To celebrate this I am leaving my store on sale. Everything in my store, new, old, bundle or single resource is just $1.


My hope is that this inspires you to get mad. Find your passion. Take action.

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