Isn’t it time to DO something?

My closet is full, my pantry is full, I am warm. I have a job, my husband loves me and he loves our children and he also has a job.

Last night I was at a store where you get everything for a dollar. A group of teen age boys was in line ahead of me. They were from the children’s home. For some reason or another they had to be removed from their own homes. One boy had three items and two dollars. The next lady in line gave him the extra dollar. One dollar stood between him and some cookies, a little happiness.

I sometimes let food expire.

Last night just before bed my freshman daughter came with tear filled eyes and a note she had hand written to give to a boy at school. He’s moved from foster home to foster home and now lives in a boys’ home. Behavior issues have made it so that he can no longer stay there and will be moving out of state to live with the friend of his mother. His mother is in prison, his father in a half way house in another sate. She asked if she had done enough to show this broken boy love. She’s given him a Bible, friendship and from what I understand a ton of patience.

There are presents wrapped for my daughters under our Christmas tree.

It’s hard for a kid to understand why they have so much, and others have so little.

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This holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas or Chanukah or any other holiday, consider those with less.

I don’t mean those with a smaller TV, or who drive a minivan instead of an SUV. I mean those who truly have less.

Consider those who don’t have a hot meal, a bed, a home, a job. Consider those who don’t have the arms of a loving mother to fall into, those whose lives have been shaken by abuse, suicide and mental illness.

Let this holiday season be the beginning of something new in our own hearts. Something that won’t just be a December tradition, but something we’ll do all year long.

I know of a few great organizations, but even more exist in your local area. Churches have food pantries and free clothing. Local shelters need volunteers. You have options.

 

Dress for Success 

Dress for Success provides business attire for women to wear to job interviews as well as when beginning work. There are locations all over the country and this is a wonderful place to donate product to. Your product for a few limited edition releases back is still good stuff and can actually help someone feel confident at a job interview. You always knew eyeshadow could be life changing.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

This website has a get involved section where you can financially contribute and learn more about their services.

 

Take just a minute to google “women’s shelters in my area.” You’ll find a list of places that help women and children find safety and comfort right in your local area.

With all the talk of sexual harassment all the oppression that for so  many years women have turned the other cheek on, it’s time we all DO something.

 

December time management: Stress free Christmas

Owning your own business at the Holidays can be a super stressy time, as if the holidays aren’t stressful enough!

As the woman of the house you’re likely the head decorator, the lead chef, the baker in chief, the CEO of shopping, the party planner extraordinaire AND you own your own business! That’s a lot.

Being a good time manager is the key to keeping the stress low and having a great time over the holidays.

December Week 1

Contact your customers, post on social media, have skin care classes and parties galore. Provide wrapped gifts as add ons at every party and every individual close. Get wish lists and contact husbands, boyfriends and significant others if you haven’t already done this. Setting office hours to wrap gifts, make calls and create posts will help reduce stress. Decide the hours you’re going to work in your office, what ever times work best for you. Work those hours and walk away. If an order, phone call or notification come in, let it go. You’ll get it next time your in your office or when you’re not with those you love. When office hours are over, bake, decorate, wrap and shop. This is your time with your family.

December Week 2 

Post the last day you’ll deliver on whatever social media you use to communicate with your followers. Will you make deliveries on the 22nd or 23rd? Will you wrap gifts past the 23rd? Make decisions for your business early on so that you don’t end up in a situation where you have to say no. You don’t want to lose any sales, but being available early will help them think of you first instead of last. Continue to contact customers and work your business as usual until your designated date. When you set hours for yourself honor them. Honor them by working the hours your chose ahead of time and honor your family by ending them when you said you would. Close your office door behind you, shut off your computer, don’t reply to notifications, close your datebook. Your family will be grateful to have you completely present with them.

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December Week 3

Make final deliveries, offer add ons and have them wrapped and ready. Deliver to offices and other places of business if possible, have business cards and samples with a little candy cane or something of the sort ready to give to anyone else you see when you make your delivery. Post on social media a last minute gift and remind your customers of your final delivery date. Work the hours you set and do all the other fun holiday stuff you planned before.

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Christmas before Halloween

It’s hard to think of Christmas before Halloween, but when you own your own retail store, you have to.

Think about it. Crafts stores start selling their decorations, big toy companies send out their catalogs and web companies plan all year for their big holiday sales.

If the big businesses depend on holiday sales then you should be no different. In order to depend on those sales you have to plan on them.

If you don’t have your plan in place, drop what you are doing and plan now.

  1. Holiday craft shows for leads. Do a small give away (Satin hands maybe?) to get names in a drawing. Contact those leads right away for holiday makeovers.
  2. Have holiday gift bundles available at every appointment for easy purchase.
  3. Offer free gift wrapping and delivery.
  4. Plan an open house. Perhaps you want to do this with a complimentary retailer, clothing maybe? Her customers get to see what you have and your customers get to see her products as well.
  5. Have products on hand. Remember you’re not going to sell it if you don’t have it.

Do you have any other great holiday selling ideas? Share them in the comments here or on Facebook, in our user group.