Timothy Adam is not only an amazing metal artist, but he is a pretty neat guy.  I have seen many of his helpful hints in my web travels.  I thought I would share his latest.  Handmadeology is a site dedicated to teaching creatives how to sell online.  The first class starts January 26th, although the information will be up for you to read at any time after.  Join me!

On Flaming Hot I asked glass artists how they measure their businesses success and stay focused.  I’m sure it is no surprise I sit down and write out my goals and objectives each year. I’m a list person, I can’t help it.

I split my goals into three categories.  The first is financial.  I have a monthly sales number I try to meet.  The second is educational.  I determine the glass techniques I wish to master and how I’m going to make it happen.  

My third category is all about my feel good factor.  I’m not sure of the word to use.  I focus on helping other lampworkers get started,  new art business people work more efficiently, educating the public about glass and art businesses and get my name out there in the process.  I suppose you could call it networking with a humanitarian focus.

I do find pleasure in setting goals and meeting them.  They keep me on track and feeling productive. I don’t get a weekly paycheck or a glowing evaluation from my boss, but I can check things off my list.

Do you ever feel like you get it done this time of year?  I try, I really do.  I start off with a list, and I make sub lists and then, I seem to lose one.  I spend precious time looking for it only to have to remake the list.  I asked beadmakers on Flaming Hot to answer how they get it done in their business.

Fortunatley I’m  very organized about running my business.  I have a ritual Sunday night of making my weekly list of things to get done.  In addition I keep myself on track by keeping a daily schedule.  Check emails, print invoices, pack up boxes and ship packages are the first things I do each morning.  When my paperwork chores are done I can torch.  While I can’t always create on demand, I do have a check list of design types I try to work on each week.  I focus on getting my orders completed at the beginning of the week and let the time left be free for whatever comes to mind.  It keeps the little things from slipping through the cracks.  Finally, during homework time I get my internet work done.  I list auctions, edit pictures and most importantly, write blog entries.