2014 sneaked up on me!

Wow can’t believe it’s the 12th of January 2014 already!!!!

The last few months of 2013 were hectic and flew by much quicker than expected, I wont bore you with the details.

I reckon it will take me another couple of weeks to get on top of all the stuff that ‘MUST’ be done so that I can get some time freed up for all the stuff I want to be doing to fit in as well.

Looking forward to getting back to blogging and catching up with all of my friends, family and social media buddies.

But for now as I am just quickly posting in between getting the ‘important’ (read that as boring.) stuff done I just want to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year.

I hope 2014 brings everything you are hoping for and that you all have a fabulous time.

Be back soon.

 

AAAaaaaghhhhh!!!!

I really should just change the name of my Blog to I am a terrible Blogger. :P

I have lots of things I want to blog about but no time to sit down and get it done.

Sorry for being so quiet.

So what has happened that can’t wait till I get a chance to sit down at the laptop properly?

I have a FitBit now, only had it for a few days though so still getting my head round the website.

Oh and we have a website of our own, nearly forgot!!! http://www.siangela.co.uk is the new website for my business. :D

Have to run as getting everything sorted for the POUT event at Edinburgh Corn Exchange this weekend. Last year was fabulous so really excited about this year. :D

Well I suppose as this post is a complete ramble of thinking out loud nonsense, I can leave the Blog as Angela’s Ramblings.

Bye for now.

Candles, gemstones and cleaning!

Candles & Gemstones

Well I made lots of plans for all of the cleaning, tidying and organisation I was going to accomplish today.
Guess how much of it got done!

You guessed it, not a lot.

I did get lots of other things done instead though. Which gives me more time to work on what was the plan for today over the next few days, so not a complete disaster.

However my brain got more than a little distracted. Whilst dusting I always complain about the amount of hassle it is to dust my gemstone collection, having to move loads of small items to dust under them and wipe them down takes time.
My husband’s stock answer is to get rid of them or stick them in a box somewhere.
What would be the point of having things that are interesting to look at if I was just going to hide them away though?
My other complaint is the fact that my candles seem to attract dust.
I know silly things to complain about.

So when I was at a candle party the week before my birthday and saw these candle holders I fell in love with them.
Luckily my husband agreed that I should order them as part of my birthday gift from him.
Candle holders that double up as gemstone displays. Woohoo!!!
I received them today, which distracted me a little, as I had to sort them out and put them out on display with my gemstones inside them.

So although I didn’t get all of the cleaning finished today, I am counting this as a resounding win.
Gemstones are now not sitting on a shelf gathering dust, they are inside my fab new candle holders. (yes I know I will still have to dust them, but going to be a lot easier.)

Win, win. I get to have my gemstones on show and hubby gets to have them put in a container, OK containers, instead of sitting out on the shelves.

Candles and gemstones are on the list of my favourite things to look at, so I am a very happy me right now.

Better go get at least a little more cleaning done though.

Rubbish at Blogging, Sorry.

Yet again, I have to admit that I am terrible at blogging.
It’s not that I forget to blog, it’s more that when I remember, I can’t think of anything sensible to say.

Which explains why a lot of my previous posts make little or no sense.

I have so much that I want to blog about just now, that the problem is deciding what to blog first!!!!
Instead of suddenly having lots of blogs all at once I am going to make myself a list of the topics I want to blog about and gradually work my way through them.
Birthdays, Weddings, Fabulous NEW products, life in general…………. the list is endless.
Which bodes well for me managing to blog more often for the next few weeks at least.

There are a few things I do want to share just now though.
Siân (the other half of Siangela) got married.
I’ve lost 17lb so far this year.
AVON are about to launch fantastic new products, as well as their Christmas gift ideas starting to appear.
More on all of those topics to follow in future posts.

Bedazzled nail wraps by AVON

Oh almost forgot!!!!!!
I am now completely in love with AVON’s New Nail Art Design Strips, the photo above is of my nails with the Bedazzled design for Siân’s wedding.

Female with a beard. :D :P

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Well my gorgeous pet bearded dragon Scorch has lived with us since she was 2 months old.
She is now 2 years old.

We have always referred to Scorch as ‘he/him’ when bearded dragons are very young it can be difficult to be certain of their sex.

Yesterday Scorch decided it was time to let us know for sure that SHE is a GIRL.

Firstly she decided that she urgently needed to move all of the substrate from one corner of her vivarium into her food bowl out of her way.

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Later in the day when she was having a swim in the bath she laid her first clutch of eggs.

So SHE is 100% female.

Males can’t make these.

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part time work = part time wage / hobby like hours = hobby like earnings

Do you have your own self employed business? If so;

How many hours do you invest into your self employed business?

How much of that valuable time is being used for actual leg work?

How much time do you spend reading and posting online stuff?

Are you getting a proportionate amount of your earnings from the stuff you are spending the most time on?

 

The reason I ask these questions isn’t that I want to know the answers, feel free to drop me a comment if you feel like answering them though. I just want you all to consider how you spend your time and what would be the most efficient and profitable use of your valuable time.

In my experience nothing grows my business more efficiently than being physically seen out and about working. But that is the nature of my business, I also work online and gain customers through that but most of my regular custom has been gained through face to face contact.

I have gained new customers just by having my bags in my hand as I walk down the street and smiling and chatting to anyone and everyone, about anything at all, the conversation will eventually come to an end and I get to say ‘sorry got to go I have deliveries to drop of for customers, have you seen a brochure recently? I have one with me you can have, what is your address? I’ll pop round to collect the brochure in a few days.’ I have picked up numerous customers this way.

I have customers who now show my brochures to their whole family for me and get me extra orders that way, because I have given consistent and friendly customer service they think of me as a friend who they are helping rather than a business woman asking them to do some of my work for me free of charge.

 

One of the many things I love about my self employed business is that it fits around whatever I need it to fit around.

Or want it to fit around.

 

This week I actually spent a whole afternoon sitting in my back garden reading a book a friend had bought me. I made a point of posting my main brochure and special offers online and by email before I went out. I was relaxing in the sun but my brochures and online sales tools were working for me at the same time.

I gained a new customer and an extra order from one of my regular customers that afternoon, as well as getting 5 texts from different customers asking if I had any suncream available as they had forgotten to order any!

Now that doesn’t mean that I sit around doing nothing all of the time, that wouldn’t bring me in much profit.

I am fully self employed so I need to keep my income at a high enough level to cover the daily expenses to stay afloat financially, as well as earning enough to treat my hubby and I every now and again.

I LOVE my own business, I LOVE the flexibility and freedom being my own boss gives me.

 

To get to this level of earnings I have to consistently put in the hours and the leg work. Not just in the past, right now and in the future. Consistent customer service providing good word of mouth referrals will grow your business much more efficiently than trying to find new customers all of the time ignoring your regular customer base.

I fit my business around my life but I also make a point of fitting it into my life.

Facebook and other Social media platforms are great for attracting attention but in some businesses face to face contact, chatting in a friendly manner and being helpful to your customers is the best possible sales tool available to you.

I have customers who have been referred to me by my other customers, they are worth their weight in gold.

 

If you want to bring in earnings as if it’s just a hobby of yours, continue to put in hobby like hours. Having fun but not taking it seriously.

 

If you want to build your business to a part time wage level or above you need to consistently put in part time hours every campaign. Taking it seriously as a business.

 

If like me you want to earn a full time wage you need to either put in consistent quality part time work, working smart and get yourself out there actually doing the ground work and building fantastic foundations for your business to grow from and it will gradually build to that level.

 

Or you have to put in full time hours from day one and ask for help and advice, follow the advice given to you by people who have already been successful and know what they are talking about.

 

You wouldn’t expect an employer to pay you a full time salary for only an hours actual work a week, would you?

 

I blame Pinterest!!!!!

I blame Pinterest!!!!!

Well my plan to get back to blogging a week after my last post obviously didn’t work out. Ooops. Sorry.

I haven’t been quiet everywhere online, just never quite made it as far as my blog.

 

I blame Pinterest!!!!!!

 

Facebook profiles, pages and groups – I can pop in get stuff done then move onto the next thing on my list.

Twitter – I can check stuff and post Tweets then log out.

Hootsuite – I can schedule posts for Facebook and Twitter for future dates and times then log out.

MyFitnessPal – I log in update my info and log out.

Pinterest – Is like a black hole that as soon as I log in and can never escape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are so many fabulous pins to look at and decide if I want to share them or not, time literally flies past without me realising!!!! AAaaaagh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So we will try again, I am back and will get into the habit of blogging more regularly.

(Well that is the plan anyway. )

 

 

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