Your Ceramic Handprint Business ~ The Memories Will Be Priceless

Running your own business often involves your own blood, sweet and tears! It is just the reality of starting something from scratch.

But oh the stories you will have! I recommend keeping some kind of journal or diary. The memories you will make from your very heart centered business and priceless.

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I remember when I started my business back in 2000, I would get so nervous right before customers came over. I always wanted to have everything go smoothly. Well, one thing I learned very quickly with this business was that I do not have control over everything.

When you are dealing with new babies, new moms, and children of all ages, you will learn that your customers will lead the way, for the most part. You provide your best self and you will show up prepared, but you have to be prepared for anything.

This is what makes it so fun to have your own handprint business. Two days are never the same.

In this interview, I talk about an experience I had with a 3 1/2 year old feisty little girl. It is one experience I will never forget. Just remember as you watch this, I had full permission from the mom to "just go for it." With that said....watch the video for the rest of the story. I had literally worked up a sweat with this little darling girl! :)

As you build your business, you will get to know how most kids react to the clay and with you, being a stranger,  pressing their hand in the clay. Most kids are curious and many (older) kids can't wait to get their hand in the clay. I recommend following the parent's lead and being in tune to what they mom and dad are comfortable with. They know their children the best.

Keep track of your stories and weave them through your business and your social media. If  nothing else, they will be beautiful memories for you to keep through the years.

Happy Impression Making!

Much love,

Amy

I thought it was about the MONEY.....

I have been asked, why I do what I do and my answer has evolved over time. When I started my little ceramic hand and foot impressions business, to be completely honest, I started because I could see the potential with the money I could make. Clay is pretty inexpensive, overhead low because I would be working from home and I knew I could figure it out.

I saw that I could easily make about $500 a week, working part time. I was good with that! (Although I ended up making more than that. :)) But I am not going to lie that the money I could make was a big part of my decision to start this business.

Once I started to grow my business I realized it was SO MUCH MORE than the money I could make.

As with everything in life it is always about more than the money. Thankfully for me I realized that sooner than later and I was able to see that what I was building and nurturing had meaning and was important. Once I shifted the focus of "why" I was doing what I was doing, my business started to grow pretty fast.

In this interview series I talk about the most favorite parts of my handprint business.

 

Finding your "why" as you build your business will make your work, not seem like work. There is something pretty special about creating a business that is created by love.

As Confusius says, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

I hope you see that as you start your business. You are providing a service and a service combined with love...is the best kind of service around.

I wish you oodles and oodles of abundance in your handprint business and if you pick me to be your mentor I will be so honored to watch your business grow!

Much love to you!!

~Amy

Ceramic Handprint Training ~ Just the DVD/Manual

Can you believe it is April already?! Each year gets faster than the last. I have a son graduating from high school this May! I really don't know how the past 18 years have gone by so fast. Crazy pants!

This week I wanted to answer a question that many of you email me about. That question is...

"Can I Buy Just The DVD?"

I can understand that question. There are many costs that need to be budgeted for when starting a business. But I want to tell you that the DVD/Manual (they are a set) is where all the value is. I have packed my training full of over 10,000 hours of experience. When you purchase my training you are buying my expertise. I make sure you get a great value for the money.

So...I am going to rephrase how my training package is priced. The DVD/Manual/Vlogs is sold for $599 and the rest of the "stuff" is free, with purchase! Tile samples, handprint samples, starter tools, the 10 professional product photos, and email coaching......all FREE!

I really want you to be successful in your business and that is why email coaching is a very important part of my training. You will have questions. Things come up when getting started that you cannot plan for. You may make a few mistakes with your impressions or you may not know how to handle a certain customer and this is when you will be very happy to have access to me. Sometimes you get up and going and just need someone to trouble shoot with.

I want to challenge you with something and that is to think bigger! You are starting a business and you are investing in the abundance of your business. You will charge your customers for your skills and experience and you want your customers to feel good and happy paying you for your product. Well, I have a product, my training, and I want you to feel good about the skills and training you receive from me. See how it all works? If you take this step with me, I will make sure you are armed with the information you need to be successful.

When you are ready, let me know! I am here and I am happy to help you get going!

Here is to a great spring full of new beginnings!

Happy Impression Making!!!

Much love,

Amy

Ceramic Handprint Training covering the world!

You know the scene in You've Got Mail where Meg Ryan's character exclaims, "I'm A Chain" ? Well that is how I feel each time one of my Ceramic Handprint Training Kits goes out into the world. I get so excited that someone has taken the plunge and is starting their own journey of building a loving business.

 You are your own boss when you purchase my training and not actual a chain, but I feel a whole lotta happiness giving you the tools, to quickly, create your own successful business!

I opened my big book of trainees (you get to be in this book if you are one of my trainees) and I stared thinking and reflecting on all the people who I have gotten to meet, train, and talk with in relationship to building a ceramic handprint business. I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with you. It is fun to  know that you are experiencing the love and joy I do when I create impressions.

Want in my book?! Lemme know and I will be happy to get you started. :)

Part of looking through my book was seeing all the places that CHT has been sent out to, all across the country and even internationally to Canada, The UK, India, and The Philippines! How exciting is that?! Ohmygoodness! My heart is full.

I made a quick sketch of places that my training program has flown to. Many of these states I have even sent several kits to. There are so many babies born in our Country and around the world each day that you don't really have competition. Just be you and build your business with the abundance theory in place and you will be successful.

The abundance theory is the belief that there is so much abundance in this big world of ours that there is enough for everyone to be successful and abundant doing what they love.

If I had let competition stop me once I got my business going (or even before I got started) I would have accomplished a whole lot of nothing. No one can do your business the way you can do your business. You bring all the special things that make you who you are, that is a gift to share with the world.

I am excited to see where the next Ceramic Handprint Training kit will go next. Is it to you? Are you ready to take the plunge? I am ready when you are ready.

Sending you love and abundance this day!

~Amy

Working From Home ~ Ceramic Hand & Footprint Business

Over the next few weeks I am going to be answering my most asked questions. Last week I addressed the question of start up costs in relation to this business. Just refer to my previous post to see the breakdown about your total financial investment into the business.

This week I want to share a video with you addressing working this business around the family. I started this Hand and Foot Impressions business because I wanted to stay home with my children, but I also wanted to make some money and keep my brain stimulated. ;)

Watch this video and it should answer most of your questions about how moldable this business really is.

I have been working from home for the past 15 years. I am so thankful that this business has allowed me to do that. Like I mention in the video, my kids are grown now and my flexibility with scheduling, anything, is a lot easier than it used to be, but I remember the days of juggling little ones. I was always thankful that I could snuggle a little longer in the mornings with my kiddos or take them to the doctor, if needed, without having to call into work and try and explain why I needed more time off of work.

Working from home has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. It would be hard to go back into the work force after so many years of being my own boss.

Today, I permanently reduced the pricing of my training program. I want to get this program into as many hands as possible. I know start up costs are always in issue and now dollar for dollar this program the best you will find. I have soooo much information in this training that you will be ready to go sooner than you think.

As always, let me know if you have any questions. I am really easy to talk to and would love to help you.

Much love,

Amy

 

Starting Your Own Ceramic Handprint Business ~ What You Need.

I bet you are wondering what the start up costs are for starting your own Ceramic Handprint Business. This is by far the question I get asked the most.

Well, I have got the answer.

Let me preface my words with this thought. You are wanting to start a business and you know that with any business you will need to invest some time and money into it.

If you are approaching this business as a hobby, it will only be a hobby. If you approach it as a business and you lay the proper ground work, it will serve you well as a profitable business.

The people I train understand the principle of ROI, return on investment.

As with ANY business there are costs associated with running a business. This business is no different. You do need to do a little investing to get your business going. The good news is that the costs are pretty minimal.

If you are working at home, which is why this business is so appealing, your overhead is low. Purchasing your supplies is pretty inexpensive.

The largest financial investment in your business will be purchasing a kiln. I do recommend you purchase a kiln. It makes working at home easier. But, you do have options. Let me explain.

  • You can purchase a new kiln. The kiln I use sells for about $2500. It is a big upfront cost, but again, the return on investing in a kiln to be able to use in your own home, at your own convenience, is priceless.
  • You can purchase a used kiln. Used kilns range from $300-$1000.
  • You can take your impression plates to a local ceramic store and they will fire them for you. They will charge you a per item fee or a whole kiln load fee. I use a service like this if I am out of town doing impressions and I want to have my pieces fired while I am away from my home.

Lets say this business costs you $1000-$3500 (depending on the kiln you purchase) to get started (including training and the purchase of a new kiln). You have just invested in the successful nature of starting a business. You have just invested in you and your very own business.

I am a believer in taking this seriously. When you invest in you and your business, you are setting a clear message that you are ready to go and you are going to approach this as a business, NOT a hobby.

If you are approaching ceramic hand and footprint impressions as a hobby, my training is not for you.

When you look at the numbers and see that you can make $2000 a month, part time and up to $5000+ a month full time, you will see that your initial investment will be made up really quickly.

In this case, investing a little bit up front will pay off in big dividends down the road.

Sending abundant business blessings your way!

~Amy xo


2015 ~ Are You Ready?

Happy 2015! It is that time of year again when we set goals and gear up for another year. My 2014 was much like a whirl wind for me. Was it for you too?

As you know, I have created a Ceramic Handprint Training program. It is designed to help set you up with a business you love. If you are still thinking about starting your business, let this be the year.

January is a the perfect time to focus on creating something new. Let me help you! I am pretty easy to talk to and I love what I do. If you ever have questions, just message me and I will be happy to take the worry out of the process.

Over the years I have trained many many people, just like you, to start their own business. I love getting to you know you as you start this journey. Honestly it makes me happy to help you because of the joy my own ceramic handprint business has brought me over the years.

Want to take a little journey with me? Check out this video I made a few years ago talking about my handprint business. It has been a beautiful ride.

I have spent 15 years working for myself. I have learned a few things along the way.

One of the biggest things I have learned in my entreprenuer life, is to just jump into what you are wanting to create. You have to just START, everything else will fall into place.

You and I have crossed paths for a reason and I would love to find out why.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Stick around. Read a bit. Email me with any questions you may have. If you have been planning to start your own ceramic handprint business, I am sure you have questions. My email...it is kinda long but should be easy to remember. ;)

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I hope you are getting into the grove of 2015! I still can't believe we are starting another year. Each year goes faster than the last. Time to make all your dreams come true.

Sending you love and warmth (if you are in a cold climate like me),

~Amy

My Ceramic Hand & Foot Business began 14 years ago this week.

It was exactly 14 years ago, this week, that I started my own Ceramic Hand & Foot Impressions business. I was very inspired to get my business up and running and FAST. I wanted to be ready for the holidays, you know these keepsakes are perfect for gifts. ;)

I worked my buns off.  I practiced a lot. I made impressions of my kids and all my friends kids and anyone who would let me take an impression of them. I was bound and determined to get my business going.

I signed up for my first Holiday show in November of 2000. It was only 6 weeks after I officially started practicing.

I started before I was ready.

I remember signing up for the Holiday event before I had even done too many impressions. But I was so excited and I knew I could do it.

I am a person who needs a deadline and I knew if I committed to something........I would have to show up!

Did I have the perfect booth, art work, and branding? No

Was I completely confident in my abilities? No

Was I scared out of my mind?!!! YES

I did it anyway. I showed up and officially launched my business. It felt so good. I got my first, real, PAYING customers. I was so happy!

It felt so good. I was so proud of myself and my little Hand & Footprint business. It was the start of one of the best decisions of my life.

One of my first ad banners/posters. This was my little guy when he was about a year old. He was 15 months when I started my business.

One of my first ad banners/posters. This was my little guy when he was about a year old. He was 15 months when I started my business.

If you are trying to decide if this business is right for you, email me, ask me all the questions you want. I will be happy to talk with you on the phone too..

Either way, you have arrived at my site for a reason and I am pretty sure you are looking for that special business, an answer to your prayers, searching for that perfect stay at home business. Well, you found it. :) 

I love what I do and I know I can help you. Even if you are feeling scared, overwhelmed and just not sure, reach out to me and let me help you get started.

Here is to you and all of your new adventures!

Much love,

Amy

 

 

Are you ever really ready?

Have you ever had these thoughts run through your head? 

I will start my business when......

  • When I get my schedule organized 
  • When I clear out a spot
  • When I feel less stressed
  • When I feel like I know what I am doing
  • When my kids are on a consistent schedule
  • When I lose some weight
  • When........(fill in the blank)

One thing I have learned from running a business is that you are never completely ready and you most likely will not have ALL the answers when you get started.

I receive many many emails asking me all sorts of questions about getting this particular business started. What will I need? What if I am not an artist? What if I have never worked with clay before? What if I can't get my plates to look as good as yours? What if I don't do it right? What if I mess up?

You get my point?

My answer always boils down to this. Do you want to do this business? If the answer is yes, I will show you the way! But know this...

  • You will get it!
  • You will learn all you need to know.
  • You WILL mess up!
  • You WILL make mistakes.
  • You WILL become a professional in your industry.
  • You WILL have fun along the way!

Just like life, starting a business is a journey. You don't always know where it will take you but you jump in, do your best, and good things will follow.

When I started my business back in 2000, I had NO experience with clay. I had never created anything with clay before. But what I had was the desire and the knowing that this business was for me. I knew that I needed to start this business, even though I did not feel ready.

Thankfully I followed my heart and started something really great!

It is my desire to not only train you & help get you going in your own business, but to start you on a journey that is so very rewarding. The reward for creating a piece of art for a Mom & Dad of their little baby is priceless. Seeing a new mom hold her little baby boy's handprint plaque, run her finger over the little hand and foot, is a beautiful moment. The experiences that you will have on this journey are priceless.


So, even though you do not feel ready...have some faith in yourself. Know that I will be here to help you and answer your questions and encourage you along the way. :)

I really and truly am excited for your new chapter and all the experiences you will have in your life because you took the chance on YOU!

Much love,

Amy

 

 

Summer Days and Working at Home

Another summer is here! Time goes by so fast. Each year faster than the last. As I have been contemplating time speeding by and juggling work, children, summer and fun, I came across this blog post of mine from a couple of years ago. I love it. This entry is much like a journal entry. A snapshot into a day in my life. 

Two years later, I am still doing all the same things and still working from home. Thankful and reflective.

If you contemplate whether working at home is for you, you can learn a bit from me. I have been doing it for 14 years now and I am so happy to have the flexibility to mold my work around family.

So here it is, my blog blast from the past. Enjoy!

School is out and summer is in full swing. Each year I get a bit......STRESSED OUT....as this process is happening. It is a time when I start to think, OH NO what have I gotten myself into? My boys are around and needing rides, money, food, friends, baseball games, practices, food, money. :) I think to myself, how am I going to juggle this summer and still be productive with my business? This year I kindly and gently reminded myself that this happens each and every summer and somehow I am able to create a schedule and plan that works....it just takes a few weeks to put it into place. 


Today was no exception, as I juggled the stress of juggling work and my boys. My work space is part of my open front room. I am pretty much front and center as my boys come in and out of the house. (It is kind of nice that way....they HAVE to say hello to me). But, summertime is a change in the norm and I need to deal with it.  I can either snap at my boys for bothering me or be thankful they are “bothering” me. I am blessed to be able to work from home and when I look at it this way I realize that I choose this. I can put down what I am working on and scooch on over to my large 15 year old who is sitting on the couch in my office, because he wants to. :)  I am able to sit next to him and have a little conversation with him. Moments like this, on a summer day, remind me why I choose to work at home. Some days it seems a bit crazy and some days it goes way better than I could have ever expected and other days I am just thankful that my 15 year old came into my office and spent 5 minutes with me talking about his music.

I didn’t get too much done as far as work goes today. I will work harder tomorrow. I will get up earlier and get a few hours in before they wake up. But, today, I got to spend time with my boys running them around to friend’s houses and the golf course. I got to do these things. I am thankful for those moments.

Just like the little hand and foot impressions I create, freezing time, these little moments with my teenagers are fleeting. They are at the stage in life where friends are more fun than Mom. So, I will put down what I am doing and I will embrace my moment with my handsome boy and I will be thankful he chose to sit on my couch.

How do you juggle your summer days? What little adjustments do you make to your schedule so you can fit it all in? I would love to hear. :)

Here’s to happy summer, busy, fun filled days.

Much love,

Amy

 

Ceramic Handprint Studio

One of my favorite things in my Ceramic Hand and Foot Impressions business........creating the studio space for my beautiful customers. 

I LOVE having a space where they feel comfortable coming into my home.

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When I started my business back in 2000, I used my kitchen table. I set up and took down on the days I had appointments. I worked up, over the years, to having a room just for my customers. Until then though, my kitchen table was perfect.

I have had several studio spaces over the years. This one is in my current home. :)

You will notice in the picture that the lower levels of my book shelf are empty. I learned very quickly that it was best not to have anything breakable at toddler level. If you have toddlers you are well aware of why this is, lol!

I always make sure I have many many samples for my customers to look at. I found it was good to give ideas. Having this many options is overwhelming for some people, but really and truly there are so many options it would be impossible to have a sample of every single possibility.

What you don't see in the picture is a couch I have to the left of the table. A place to sit down and get cozy. It is very common for family members to come along to see the impression process. I also have a toy box that is not visible in this photo. Sometimes older siblings need something to keep their little hands busy.

Because this is such a personal business I want my customers to feel right at home, in my home.

I will dig up some of my other studio rooms soon. But I thought you might like to see an example of one of my studio/impression creating room.

If you are considering training, please know that my training is very thorough. I pay attention to the details and I will hold your hand through the process. Promise.

YOU GOT THIS!!! 

Get ready for a beautiful adventure. :)

Much love,

Amy

Is it YOUR year?

Okay....I am stating the obvious! It is 2014. Can you believe it? Do you say that every year too? I do. Life really does fly by so quickly. Each year quicker than the last.

I have set some intentions for myself for this New Year. 

I am starting with a new phrase and I am removing the word "hard" from my vocabulary. I find myself saying, "this is so hard" or "that is so hard." I am going to replace that phrase with "this is easy" and I plan on using the words ease and flow a lot more. 

With each passing year I realize how precious life is. I realize I do not want to live a life of worry. I realize I want to live life on my own terms. When I set those intentions, my life is easier. When my outlook changes life gets easier.

Have you been putting off starting something you are wanting to do? Maybe it is to start your own Ceramic Hand and Footprint business? Maybe it is to run a 5k this year? Maybe to be more patient with your children? Or maybe, just to change the voices in your head that tell you something is hard. :) (that's me).

I hope whatever you choose to change or improve or work towards this year, you just take it one step at a time and know that this life is meant to be easy. Ease and flow. You are welcome to adopt my words for the year. Use them every time you feel the emotions and feeling that come with saying "it's just so hard." :)

I am looking forward to this new year and those of you who I will get to meet and work with. If you have been thinking of starting your own ceramic impressions business, now is a great time. It is easy to find a million and one reasons to put off something that seems hard or overwhelming. But if you tell your self...."this will be easy"....it will. I am here ready to help you, so how could you go wrong.

Sending love and blessings to you this fresh new January 2014.

Much love,

Amy

Are You An Entrepreneur?

Are you an entrepreneur? What are you waiting for?

How do you know you are ready to be an entrepreneur? Do you have a little fire burning and you keep pushing it away? When is the perfect time? When will you have all the money to get started? When will you have the knowledge it takes? When will you have the skill and ability? What if you fail? What if you succeed? When will you have all the answers?

NEVER! There.....now you can begin. :)

It is so funny......I am seriously the queen of questions. No, really I am!!! I have to answer these questions myself as I being a few new entrepreneur endeavors I am working on. I am starting a new business and all the scary feelings I had when I started Tiny Touches are looming over my head now. Only good has come from Tiny Touches and so why do I question my ability to start something else? I don’t know!!! LOL Fear I guess, it always seems to get in the way....

I look at starting a few business much like starting ANYTHING big. How about collage, getting married, having babies, etc? Are you really ever ready for ANY of that? Do you ever really feel like you have ALL the information you need? Don’t you start each one of those chapters in your life and think....what the hell did I just get myself into.....I am in way over my head? 

I just watched this video I found on youtube and I want to share it with you. I LOVE THIS!!! Maybe a little too much. It think I have watched it about 22 times now and I just discovered it yesterday. BUT in my defense, you kind of have to watch it several times to let each brilliant piece sink in. Watch it and love it! And then do that thing you have been wanting to do.

Happy Monday evening to you!

Amy

An Investment in YOU

I get many many requests for information on my Ceramic Hand & Footprint Training program. Many lookie loos who are interested but not willing to commit to training. Many who want to start a business but are scared to get started. Many people not willing to invest in themselves and pay for a training program and like to "pick my brain".  

All of that is fine and well, BUT I know my training is valuable. I know my training is comprehensive. And I know my training program will help you get a home business running and running well. 

I have put a value monetarily on my training. It is the combination of thousand of hours of blood sweat and tears. :)

I have also found that often times when someone does not feel like they are making an investment in themselves, they are not as likely to get the business up and running. There is a lot of psychology behind pricing and I could go on and on, but I won't. :)

But the bottom line is YOU have to decide you are ready. 

I want to share a very sweet testimonial that came from one of my trainees.  These are her words.  You maybe able to relate to some of her concerns and fears before she got started......

Hi dear Amy,

I just want to take few minutes and write this letter to you and tell you how blessed I am that I found YOU and your amazing training program!

When I decided to finally give you a call and order the program I did not have any experience with clay and ceramics whatsoever. I was just a mom who was desperately looking for a way to stay at home with her newborn baby and be able to help her family. I was a little reluctant at first and thought this is another scam going around. I WAS SO WRONG!!! A month after I received your dvd and the manual I was creating amazing ceramic impressions all by myself and you were there for me each and every step of the way! Your program was incredibly easy to follow through. Having a baby on hand (my beautiful son) and some clay to play with I was getting better and better and in August, 2013 I launched my business.  It has been few months now and I am enjoying my busy schedule! I started to attend baby shows and printing parties too. AND THE BEST PART IS I am able to stay at home, take care of my amazing little cutie and help with my family income. I decide when I am going to work and when I will spend time with my family. I JUST LOVE IT!!!                                              And that is all happening because of you!

P.S If someone is wondering if they can run this business from their apartment I can assure you can. I have been doing it and I love it!!!

Veselina

Toronto, ON, Canada

When you are ready to take that first step I will be here to help you get going. Don't let fear stop you from an amazing journey. This business is just that, a journey. It will be full of newness and learning. It will be full of beautiful experiences that will bless your life.

I am ready. Are you?

Amy