Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Whats coming in 2011

The end of 2010 was a mad rush and so despite my excitement for the new year, January has been slow and slack! I have spent more time playing with bub than doing the promo and editing the new website.

But that doesnt get you anywhere so this week I have flicked the switch - holiday mode OFF - work mode ON!

The list of things to do just seems to grow every time i think about it! But todays list includes sharing with you all the new plans for this blog and what is happening with our other pages.

I would encourage you all to stay a follower of this blog - it will be getting a facelift over the next week and then it will be a great place to get tips and tricks on being a better craft business runner. It will focus on things like how to take better product shots, how to choose advertising options and clues on planning etc.

It will be known as "Sellers Corner" and will be designed for the benefit of Buy Hand Sellers but all other people selling their wares are welcome the come along for the ride as I try to male two businesses work (and hopefully one day soon make some money).

If you want to keep up to date with the fun products that are being listed on Buy Hand you can check our Buyers Blog here or if you are not already you can follow our facebook page.

Be sure to head to facebook this week as Buy Hand is hosting a Three Cheers to the Volunteers Auction and is raising much need cash for the great volunteers lending a helping hand in the floods across the country.

These floods have been devastating and I truly wish I was available to do more to help so this is my way to say "Thanks" and "I am proud of what you doing!" to all of those who are there shoveling mud and cleaning strangers homes.

Starting next Tuesday Sellers Corner will be kicking of a series of posts on writing a simple, craft based, useful business plan - I hope you can join us!

Monday, December 6, 2010


And the countdown is finally on!

SEVEN DAYS - one week - less than 160 hours until launch date!

Will we be ready? I sure hope so. And I really think so yes! The list of things to do is long - and I am moving into a new house this week, just to add to the excitement of it all! So this time next week I may be very very tired but thats ok.

Once Buy Hand is up and running I am taking some time off from Monkey and Me and getting stuck into making some cool Chrissy Gifts for family and friends - not to mention enjoying my new home - which is on a tropical island by the way 100m from my front door to the ocean! So my little man and I will have plenty to do. I just hope he can bear with until then!

Do you have big plans for christmas? Or have you kept them little on purpose?

Always keen to hear how others celebrate the silly season - it is my favorite time of year.

I digress! Back to Buy Hand. So the site is just about about ready - I have a few more pages of content to write but not much now - mostly it is just all about getting your products on to the site ready for the launch!

The site is set to go Live Monday 13th Dec! And I dont know the logistics yet but I do think a glass of champaign and some good friends somewhere is the only appropriate way to mark the occasion!

I hope you all have a fabulous - I must get back to writing for the site. . .

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Im so tired!

I am not going to lie to you - I promised you that from day one - this is much harder than I thought it would be. And by that I just mean everything in my head takes longer to get out and in its proper place.

For the last two weeks I have been writing the content for the site. This includes "About Me" "Terms and Conditions" "Privacy Policy" and much more. I just I didn't factor in the time it would take to get these less exciting jobs done.

Don't get me wrong I am still buzzing with excitement and this only grows as we get closer and closer to the launch! But I said I would be candid and today is a day that has beaten me! I am tired - I have NEVER been so tired in my life. My dearly one year old Monkey is not the best sleeper in the world and when he does manage to sleep I have a million things floating around in my head - which seems to stop my eyes from staying shut!

I need to make lists of all the lists I need to make!

Do you have any switching off tips?

Well I guess at this stage I need to just keep plugging away!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gosh - where does time go

Well this month has been another MAD RUSH!

I cant believe it has been so long since I posted. But there has been a lot happening - and my little Monkey has been very sick so that makes everything harder and makes me much more tired!!

Now it is only 51 days until christmas! CRAZY!!

Focus Eleanor - OK - so I am here to share with you a quick little sneak. . .please note not finished and still open to changes though mostly just tweaking to go but I wanted to see what you all thought of the idea and the layout?

I cant wait for this to go live!

Hope you are all having a fantastic week, and please leave your feedback!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Slowly but SURELY!

SO only crossing two things off my list doesn't seem too awesome BUT the exciting thing is that this week we got a place holder site live and email accounts organised - as well as a customer database up and running so if you head to our website you too can add your name to the list! This will not only mean you be notified as soon as the site is up BUT you go in the draw to win a $50 store voucher!

The other small but some what exciting thins is that tonight I learnt how to strike through text here on Blogspot! I am having so much fun in this crazy world of blogging I love learning new things! I almost feel up to speed with all this social networking an what not (OH except there is so many tags and words and @'s I do not understand about twitter - but we will get I am sure!)

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was less productive than hope due to a day spent sick in bed but I am pumped up for the week ahead!

Friday, October 8, 2010

List. . .

I have SO many things to do and as I talked about a couple of weeks ago one of the biggest traps is getting overwhelmed by them all and therefore not achieving anything!

So today I am breaking these many tasks down into little jobs. And hopefully I can start to cross things off the list.

  • I need to send some more specific content details to the web designer,
  • Decide on a layout for the home page,
  • Work out a background for the site I am happy with,
  • I have a number of ppl who have expressed serious interest so to you all I need to send application forms and invoices - which leads to point two
  • I need to learn how to work my new invoice program - I think I just need a few hours to play with it
  • Email info to more ppl to encourage participation
  • I have a few blogs in mind to sponsor but would like to investigate them all more and narrow the list,
  • look at doing some print advertising - not until the site is live so a month or two before it is critical.
  • This blog is in desperate need of a face lift and while I can do some computer things websites and blog design is not one of them so todays task is tracking down a designer who can but for a reasonable price!
What's on your to do list?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Here is our logo for Buy Hand - please let me know what you think. I cant wait to show you sneak peaks of the website over the coming weeks!!

The blog will be getting a much needed face lift soon too - so stand by!!