Gratuitous Self Promotion

Today, it’s all about me. Um, wait, this already about me. Ha! I wanted to show you a new page that has been added to Dragonfly Keep website. Years ago, I opened a virtual shop on Etsy called JJDouglasPaperCo. What started out as a site for handmade envelopes has morphed into a shop that carries all sorts of paper products and handmade goods.

You can access the new page here or click here for my Etsy shop it’s self.

Happy Shopping ūüôā


In my previous post I mentioned that my Etsy story JJDouglasPaperCo was up and running again.  For more than one reason, I needed to get this store producing income to pay down a large tax bill and for me to carry through with something I have wanted to venture into for my future.

I want to work from home, in my jammies, with my dog at my feet!

As far as I can tell, I am a normal person, with no college education who makes a decent wage working for someone who gets to go on vacations more often than I do! It is a small step towards creating multiple streams of income.   First step, GOALS!

Do you have goals? You gotta have goals! I am not going to share all my secrets here but suffice to say I do have some good reading material to get me started. For my creative business, I’ve been working with the book¬†Craft Inc Business Planner¬†by Meg Mateo Llasco. ¬†{Hehe, love planners!} Plus dozens of bloggers that I will highlight in the future with a linky love list later this month. My ultimate goal for my etsy store is to learn all I can about marketing/branding, customer service, dedication to a product and small business ownership. ¬†Oh, and pay that damn tax bill.

Right now, the store has about 20 or so items of paper related items, craft supplies and planner related supplies. I have plenty of items stashed in my inventory box for at least ten new product listings each week.

So, check it out! You’ll love the customer service ūüėČ



BusInesS MaTTerS

The launch of JJDouglasPaperCo happened months ago…now I am gearing up for a re-launch. I am reading every small business book I can get my hands on. I am pretty much doing things backwards. Like having product prior to having all the foundation pieces completed. Did you know that you are still required to have¬† state license even if you do transaction via the internet? and this includes a city license! I do now.

There are hundreds of little details that I will be working out over the next few months. April’s goals will be concentrating on setting up the work space, May is all the legal issues (licensing) plus branding and June will be a flurry of production for all things paper with a re-launch in July!

I will be adding a new section of my Etsy shop too. My mother is making handmade handbags! Branching out already!

Now I am off to write out the to do lists!

au revoir!

IT’s A BuSIneSs ThInG

In the copious amount of free time I have, I read blogs….dozens upon dozens of blogs. Again I say, I love Google. I use the Google reader to review all the various blogs. I add about two to three blogs to my reader each week. Yeah, the reader could average about two hundred new posts per day. Do I read every single post? Um, it depends. There are a few that I save for later,¬†especially¬†if it pertains to Etsy or green ideas. Some of the posts are mostly full of pictures which I do review and pin to Pinterest if it truly captures my eye.

This week I wanted to share the love with the small business blogs I review. Take a look at these gifted bloggers.

Handmadeology ~ the go to blog for all things pertaining to  small business crafters

The Boss of You ~ everything a woman should know about being your own boss

Everything Etsy – This sister site to Handmadeology, the title speaks for its self

Just Things – Great resource for information on branding your business

design*sponge РThe Biz Ladies section is valuable source of information about doing business on-line

Happy reading!!

au revoir