Creating my Facebook fan page

So, I have finally created a facebook fan page for my website. As usual with facebook, the process just HAD to be complicated. I read through the steps beforehand, made sure I understand exactly what to do….but still ended up with a page with the wrong name! So I had to go through the whole process again!

I thought I was just a bit slow, you know, not being the most technologically savvy person around. But once you start googling (does such a word exist?) for solutions with your facebook problems, you realize how many other people are in the same boat.  At least then you don’t feel so incompetent. Now that I have worked through all the teething pains at least I can assist my family and friends when they create pages for their businesses and spare them the frustration and aggravation I had to go through. There are a few points/apps and settings (well, probably a lot) I haven’t figured out yet. I am still in the process of learning everyday. But I’m pretty sure I can at least say I am halfway there and I already have a few fans! 

Next on the list: another huge obstacle to tackle. One that seems to be a thorn in just as many other internet users’ skins……. To find out why on earth I can’t seem to register Google Adsense for my blog!

New Ventures

I have come to the realization that Craft Markets might not be the thing for me. At least not for the immediate future. Maybe I will try them out again later in the year. At the moment I find they are costing me money (stall fee, fuel, etc.) that I simply cannot afford.

Both me and my other half have started up new businesses in the last couple of months. Due to the current economic situation we had absolutely no choice. I’ve been a stay-at-home mum for more than ten years now and have been thinking about setting up my website for more than a year. But, being in a comfort zone with my husband earning a steady salary, I never really got around to it. This however changed over the last few months. Since hubby’s last contract came to an end at the end of March, he hasn’t found new employment yet. Probably because just like him, there are thousands of other IT-specialists also looking for jobs. Unfortunately life does not go to pause while we try to figure something out. We still have two boys to feed, a household to run, rent and the usual bills to pay. So…… we decided to take the plunge and start our own businesses. I have my website where I sell my handcrafted items and artwork, and he has an online pc support website for people who experience problems with their home pc’s and for small businesses. This is remote online help/support. Which means he can assist you wherever you are.

Now the process of promoting and marketing begins. It will do us no good if we do not find clients soon. It’s not always easy to sell yourself/ product/ service to people. You need to convince them to part with their hard earned money. It is even more difficult when you know that the economy is not looking good and everybody is experiencing financial hardship. But you close your eyes, take a deep breath and do what you have to do to survive. You work hard and then you pray and believe. In the end, that is all you can do.

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Craft Markets

 Over the weekend I had a stall at a local market.  It was a bit quiet, not many customers; most of them just wandering through and I made only one sale….to my neighbour’s daughter! Nonetheless, I am not disheartened.  I am trying out new things and I want to promote my website.  So, at least I handed out a few business cards, you never know. Next Saturday I have a stall at a craft sale in a neighbouring town.  We’ll see how that goes.

 For now I am trying to think of new ideas, new crafts and decorations to make and sell.  I am also working on collages and artwork to expand my current range. All of this in between the normal day to day life of being mum, wife, running the household and feeding the family (especially a growing teenager!).  Now, if I can just figure out where I misplaced my spare time and energy………!