I'm trying out a new adventure in organization. My shop is currently split between the custom order/wedding world and the ready-to-ship/fun little original figurine world. At the moment, both "worlds" are hitting me at full force. And it's way intense. Note to self: June may be the official month for last-minute wedding topper orders! Seriously, I'm already swearing to myself to have at least a bazillion-and-a-half elephant sets ready for May 2014!!
This is all very, very good news, but it also means that my projects have to become much more scheduled. So I've thought about my goals, and have decided to assign just one "CUSTOM ORDER WEEK" per month, which will be dedicated exclusively to finishing custom orders......Um, as if you didn't already guess that by the clever name I gave it.
And so the rest of the month will be for building inventory for shows and my online shop, working on my actual "business" goals and regularly listing figurines on Etsy. This is actually quite a big (and somewhat scary) switch-er-roo for me. Up until this point, the wedding/custom order category completely dominated my schedule and any "left over" time (if there ever was any) was just a "bonus" to treat myself to doing my "own" sculpting work.......But honestly, that's the stuff I LOVE (the reason why I'm even doing this in the first place), and if there's a chance I can make that area more successful I will do it!
Hence the whole "custom order week" thing.
We'll see how this goes. And if it doesn't work, I'll just try something else and adjust the priorities. That seems to be the best method here: jump right in, commit to a decision and hope that it won't bite you in the butt.