Who’s the Boss?

 

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”
– Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies  

   

 I’ve mentioned in other posts that my friend and I are working on an online store. Our goal is to be able to sustain ourselves with the income from our store. I was laid off over a year ago and my friend is employed but she hopes to be able to quit her job next year. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, that is why I decided to pursue my MBA, but I planned on working for a company for a while and then starting my own business. However, my plans changed after the recession hit, I got laid off and had a difficult time finding another job.  My friend also longed to start her own business so that she could quit her job, and since we both have some extra time on our hands, we figured to give the entrepreneurship thing a try. We are in the beginning stages and it is a lot of work but we enjoy it and are positive that we can make a living off of it. 

A few days ago I wrote about our thrifting and vintage adventures. This weekend we conducted photo shoots for the vintage clothes that we bought and also for items that we are selling on Ebay to make extra money. For most of the pictures I was the model and my friend was the photographer. Here are some pictures from the Ebay shoot. 

Slutty Rocker

 

 

 You can find our Ebay listings here http://myworld.ebay.com/cliffrlp/ 

Selling clothes online is harder than selling them in a brick and mortar setting because the customer can’t see or try on the garment before they buy. Therefore, it is our (the sellers) responsibility to market the items by styling the clothes, picking a scenic location for shoots and throughly describing the item when it is listed. Also, providing excellent customer service via e-mail, by responding promptly to queries, is imperative. 

After the Ebay shoot we began shooting our vintage items for our vintage store on Etsy. 

  

 

We still have a lot more items to shoot for both Ebay and Etsy. After we shoot the clothes we also have to list each item. Listing involves uploading the pictures and throughly describing each item. It is a time-consuming process and can be tedious at times but I definitely prefer shopping, taking pictures and listing to working 9 to 5 for someone else.

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Visualize Your Future

The above is a picture of a vision board. A vision board is a visual representation of all your desires, goals and wants.  The purpose of a vision board is to keep you constantly thinking of your goals which will activate the law of attraction. The law of attraction basically states that we attract into our lives those things that we give the most thought to, whether they are negative or positive. This is why it is imperative that you focus on the things that you want rather than those you don’t. So, according to this law if you constantly say, “I never have any money” then you are perpetuating your lack of money.

A vision board triggers your brain’s subconscious which will eventually lead you to accomplish or attain the items that are visualized on your board. To make a vision board you need a poster board, pictures of the things that you want/goals or phrases that state your desires and glue or tape. After you have gathered these materials you can be as creative as you want and place your images however you please; most people prefer to make a collage. Once the vision board is completed it is important that you place your board in a place where you will look at it at least once a day such as your closet, office, refrigerator, etc. I have my vision board next to my mirror in my closet but I also have it as my background on my computer’s desktop since I spend a lot of time on my computer.

I created a vision board last June which was a visual representation of goals that I wanted to attain by June 2010. When I looked at my board a couple of months ago,to my surprise, I had accomplished every goal that was on the board. Therefore, I am a strong believer in vision boards. I also made a vision board for the goals that I want to accomplish by June 2011 and already there are a few items that I can mark off the board.

I encourage you to dream big when you make your vision board. When I look back at my vision board from June 2009, and think back to that time, my goals seemed unattainable but the universe aligned to give me what I asked for. Therefore, don’t limit yourself and dream big.

I Want It All

I am officially on the blog scene. I decided to start blogging so I would have a forum for my thoughts and to document my progress as I change my life. I am graduating from grad school in December and I know where I want to be but I’m not exactly sure how to get there. However, after being laid off last year I do know that I want to be an entrepreneur. This may be taboo to say but I really loved being laid off. Obviously, not having as much money as I did when I was working is a drawback but besides that I loved not having to go work for someone everyday. Seeing as I am graduating soon, there are a lot of things that I want to change within a year and I have created a vision board to assist me. You will see that I am a big believer in manifestation, visualization, positive thinking and things of that matter. But I will blog about that later.