piper’s dream report: week twenty five

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Hi everyone!  I have to say it’s been interesting, to say the least, the past 2 weeks of being open.  I have to admit that I haven’t fully embraced the idea that I’m actually a full-time business owner.  I still feel like I’m just playing one on TV (well, really the interweb!)  I think that’s probably a bit of the fear monster talking – if I embrace this life, which I love – what if it doesn’t work?  Ahh, the what if’s!!

A big smile lights up my face every time I see an order come through.  My favorite part so far has been packaging orders.  Seeing the products they ordered, putting those special touches on each package, getting to talk to the customers – it’s just too cool!!   I wish my whole day could be that…but alas there are those pesky little things that need to get done!  And so many darn things to learn!  I’m in the middle of figuring out how to create a newsletter.  So not only do I need to figure out what I want to say and what should be in it…I need to figure out how to use the mailing list software!  I tend to find that my eyes are always bigger than my stomach (in this case, my stomach is my knowledge of anything tech related!)  I always have these grand ideas (remember, I’m an idea person!) but making them work or putting it together is still the struggle for me.  At the very least, I’m getting better with my type A, perfectionist, procrastination thing!  Only because with no Plan B (i.e. no steady paycheck) it forces me to get things done!

I’ve started delving in to the marketing and promotion side of the business.  I’ve learned quickly that you have to make your own success and pave your own way.  I’m hopeful that one of the giant blogs will pick me up, but until then, it’s up to me!  I’ve been busy brainstorming new styling shots and plans to involve customers and blog readers more! I constantly have all these ideas – it’s just a matter of finding the time to do them.  (I hate to say it, but I’m still completely buried from all those weeks spent working on the website – my hope was to be caught up by this week next month??)

As I’m winding down my Dream Reporter posts (I can’t believe next week will be my last post!!  I’m going to miss these weekly chats!!!) I still can’t believe where I am now compared to 6 months ago when I started.  It’s so interesting and inspiring to see everything that’s been happening to Jess and her company of late.  To see that difference between a new company and a seasoned one and how she got to where she is.  I know I want to be in this for the long haul – so I definitely need to take her advice (the one she gives me all the time!)…it takes time so keep plugging away and never stop working and learning!

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  1. Erin

    I’m excited for you!! Your site is fabulous and I’m so happy it’s open. I hope you’ll come back and do update posts in 6 months, etc. I’d also like to hear how all of you business-from-home people carve out non-work time.

  2. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks! I’m putting some items on my Christmas list 🙂

    You didn’t mention what newsletter software you’re using, but if you’re going with Mail Chimp, I’ve gotten great customer service from them via twitter! Can’t wait to sign up!

  3. Jenny

    Next week is your last post as a Dream Reporter – noooooo! I love your dream reporter posts so much, I don’t want you to go, but that’s just me being selfish. You are going after your dreams and I’m so proud of you!

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