Is there something you know you should be doing for your craft business but you just feel overwhelmed with it?

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Are there tasks you know you should be doing for your craft business that  you don’t know how to do?   Things you have no interest in becoming proficient at?

Do you ever wish you had a fairy godmother who could handle a part of the craft business you dread doing?  It could be a step in the process of making your craft or an administrative task. Not all parts of being an artist are creative. For example, you love to design and make one-of-a-kind jewelry but if you have to replicate the design, you find it boring. Or, you might find you enjoy making an original mold but casting or finishing might feel too tedious. Maybe throwing clay on the wheel and making your own glazes excites you but you’d love to have someone else handle the whole firing process.

If you’re like many creative people, you  find the technical or book keeping end of the business overwhelming.

It may be your goal to eventually hire an assistant but as you’re building your business, how can you get someone else to do the work you don’t want to do?  Believe it or not, there are probably people you know who enjoy doing the tasks you find downright boring. And it’s likely that some of those same people have difficulty with skills that are second nature to you.

There are a number of ways you can get the “icky” aspects of your craft business done without having to hire an employee. By teaming up with someone whose skills are complimentary, you can save time and energy for the parts of your handmade business you enjoy.

If you want someone who’s really invested in your success, you can partner with a more left-brained, linear type and share the profits. One of my favorite ways to get things accomplished without exchanging cash is to barter: trade skills or products. Get the word out that you love to knot pearls and hand forge silver but you’re looking for someone to solder or stain or do your books. You might find a virtual assistant who’s happy to update your website in exchange for some pieces of your pottery or jewelry.

The first step to getting help is to know there really is someone out there who loves doing that thing you despise and can not do something you excel at.  Believe she exists. Then,  get out there and find her.

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