Recently, my mom, sister and I traveled to Nashville, TN to attend Christy Wright’s Business Boutique. We spent two days learning about what it takes to be a small business owner, blogger, and overall confident, powerful woman. Here are my 5 takeaways from our trip to Nashville, y’all!
- I want to start a blog–and here I am! I’m by no means a grammar queen, but I’ve always liked writing and thought it might be fun to make it public. After attending Kelly Hancock’s breakout session “Blogging Toolbox,” I decided to give it a go. She gave us some tips and tricks of the blogging trade, but most importantly she urged us to just GO DO IT! Blogging seemed daunting to me, so I decided to take baby steps and only post once a week.
- I love to craft and create–but I’m NOT ready to start selling my handmade items online. Melissa Kaiserman over at Makery Space explained the complexities of selling on Etsy. Creating a shop and jumping in to selling is not the answer. Doing research on tax requirements for your state, looking at what will give your shop the edge over competitors, and figuring out business expenses are all things that need to come first.
- “There is room for you, too.” Will there be someone who can crochet better than I can? Yes. Will someone take better photos? Yes. Will someone post more blog posts?Yes. BUT, you have to have a first day, and you have to do the best with what you have. Nicole Walters says, “Get out of your own way, believe in your purpose, and go get it.”
- “Be humble enough to ask questions.” Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum performed and then was interviewed. She was AMAZING! She is definitely a boss lady and stressed the importance of having great mentors and using the resources surrounding you. I’m currently obsessed with her song Beautiful Messes.
And 5.–Simple is okay. “Pursue simple; get fancy later.” This is my first blog post on my very simple blog. Eventually I may want a gorgeously designed website with my own logo and pretty colors. For now, this will do just fine. I want to see if blogging is something I really want to pursue before investing a bunch of time and money. We shall see! AMB