Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Special Dream Job Giveaway: Track This! Workbook

I've been asked to write a couple of articles about my journey to open a brick and mortar shop. Where do you begin? How do you turn your ethereal dreams into a reality?

You start with your plan! I've learned in my process that the most important part of starting your own shop, working for yourself, and achieving your dreams is drafting your business plan! That's why I'm happy to offer a copy of Brittni's (of Papernstitch) Track This! Workbook to one lucky Giveaway winner!

It forces you to answer the hard questions like:  How exactly will I earn money? Where do I want to be in my life in 5, 10, and 15 years from now? Track This! was recently improved, boasting more pages of guidance. I can't wait to get a new copy; I go back to this workbook whenever I feel lost and it really helps.

How To Win a Copy of Brittni's Track This! Workbook:

My printed copy for a couple of years ago. I'm going to fill out a new copy soon and evaluate how far I've come with Goals I set for last year.

To Enter: Leave a comment describing the biggest road block to achieving your dreams. (Other than Fear.) Is it lack of funds? Knowledge? Inability to figure out social media or grow your blog? Include your e-mail so I can contact you if you win.

For Extra Entries: Leave a separate comment for each action you perform so they count as extra entries. Don't forget to include that e-mail address!

- Follow the Thrift Core blog (you are here!)
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I will announce the contest winner here on the blog on March 13, 2012! So check back then. I'm not paid to promote this book, but I do receive a 50% commission on each book sold. I really do highly recommend it! You can check out the sales page for more information, she has a helpful video that explains the workbook in detail.

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56 comments:

  1. My biggest roadblock is the green stuff! I can't afford to quit my day job to my dream job a reality.

    xo,
    Eeka
    http://ericaliveloverandom.blogspot.com/
    justicealohi@yahoo.com

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  2. My biggest stumbling block is time. I have a host of different projects I'd like to commit myself to. Between being a dad, a husband, the resident handyman, and half a dozen other hats I wear throughout the week most of my projects just sit idle. I've been using some better time management ideas lately (Pomodoro and similar) and it's helped a lot, but big dreams just keep getting shoved to the back burner.

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  3. Besided fear being my biggest obstacle, I think that lack of consistency is a stumbling block as well. Already a follower on facebook :)

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  4. It's a lack of focus for me. I have vague notions of wanting to work for myself, doing some kind of writing--it's the only real skill I have--but I'm flummoxed about how to get started, what to focus on, how to promote myself . . .

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  5. I'm following you on Facebook.

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  6. the biggest roadblock is having to rely on my fulltime job (that i love) but it keeps me from jumping in fulltime to my passion of vintage re-selling. jamie@owlreally.com

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  7. i follow you through google reader! jamie@owlreally.com

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  8. i follow you on facebook! jamie@owlreally.com

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  9. i follow you on twitter! jamie@owlreally.com

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  10. For me it is a matter of priorities. I have my dream of making this junking business a successful venture, but I am not ready to give up the time I homeschool and spend with my kids and their activities. So it is on hold. I am doing small things now in hopes that when they leave in about 6 years, I have continually added small steps and knowledge so I am ready to pursue my dreams.
    Thanks.
    Karen

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  11. biggest hurdle for me is giving up the security of my present job, even though i'm not particularly happy in my present job. but 5 weeks of holidays and a kick ass benefits plan are hard to let go of, especially when you're turning 48 on march 13th which is why you need to give me this prize, since it will be my birthday. thrift 4 peace at gmail dot com.

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  12. The biggest obstacle for me is believing the business can sustain once I have started it. With the economy today, and so many upstarts, only a few really make it. I am an avid recyclist, thifter, crafter and can promote myself well. But is that enough? jones4_us@yahoo.com

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  13. The biggest obstacle for me is believing the business can sustain once I have started it. With the economy today, and so many upstarts, only a few really make it. I am an avid recyclist, thifter, crafter and can promote myself well. But is that enough? jones4_us@yahoo.com

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    1. I have the same worry...I worry about the invested money.

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  14. My biggest obstacle is consistency. It's not all the time that I have the drive to work on this business, which is not good because if I lie-low, so does my sales. (blessy @ stellartatter.com)

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  15. I follow your blog! (blessy @ stellartatter.com)

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  16. I follow you on Facebook! (blessy @ stellartatter.com)

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  17. I follow you on Twitter! (blessy @ stellartatter.com)

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  18. Tweeted the giveaway - https://twitter.com/#!/StellarTatter/status/177112333502529536

    (blessy @ stellartatter.com)

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  19. My biggest obstacle isn't motivation, it's follow through! I have motivation out the wazoo, but pulling it into focus and reining in the ideas is another problem entirely! I follow you on Twittah as @thethriftstoho.

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  20. My biggest obstacle is narrowing focus - I just want to do everything and so sometimes I end up doing nothing because I am overwhelmed! kaytoesvintage@gmail.com

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  21. And I follow you on Twitter! kaytoesvintage@gmail.com

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  22. My biggest roadblock to achieving my dreams (other than fear!) is moolah! I live in a small college town, and as a college-aged girl, getting a job there is nearly impossible. I will have a little saved up from a volunteer stipend from volunteering with a nonprofit based in China, but I've got to remind myself to KEEP some saved and not throw it all in the business-startup-basket.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! I've been ogling this workbook for a while now.

    ~Leah
    oddlobster@hotmail.com

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  23. Well here I am, your loyal follower, entering another awesome giveaway! I'll be posting one of my own very soon, promise!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
    LetsGoThriftingBlog@gmail.com

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  24. And of course, I'm a Facebook fan. <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

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  25. And a Twitter follower too! <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

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  26. And my biggest stumbling block to success with my own business ventures, I think, is a terrible combination of three elements. 1) Lack of adequate time, from balancing the day job and the creative aspirations and the social life, sleep, eating, cleaning and exercise. It's a rough schedule to keep productive. 2) Lack of morale. If I haven't "made it" by now, will I ever. Of course the chronic pain and fatigue doesn't aid the situation. 3) Money. Who really can say that this isn't or hasn't been an issue?

    PS: I really admire how you have forged your own creative career path, Van. The day of quitting this job will be celebrated around the world, I swear...

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

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  27. my biggest roadblock is time. i work a full time job that takes a lot of my creative energy, i need to learn to make time to work on what i REALLY want to do.

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  28. and i'm already a follower!
    rae.hartsock@gmail.com

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  29. I think for me it's not even knowing where to start as well as perfectionism. I want every detail to be perfect because I'm so scared of putting stuff out there and then falling flat on my face.

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  30. Oops! My email address is dorkysramos[at]gmail.com. And I've just followed you on Twitter.

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  31. I've also just started following you under my blog's page Dry As Toast.

    dorkysramos[at]gmail.com

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  32. I too want a brick & mortar shop, but of course closer to home, so here in Toronto. My main setbacks are funds, lack of motivation & just feeling like I'll fail.

    jchaborek
    [at]hotmail[dot]com

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  33. Following..

    & I forgot to mention, my goal is to own my shop during my 30th year on this earth. So about 3 more years to go. Pay off my debt, collect more merch for the shop, make a business plan & hope no other shop opens like mine!

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  34. I am your biggest Facebook fan.



    jchaborek
    [at]hotmail[dot]com

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  35. Definitely lack of funds! So many ideas and not enough funds to execute them!

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  36. My biggest roadblock is patience and procrastination! I know they both stem from fear, so organizing my goals would be helpful!
    Brigette
    Theredbananas@gmail.com
    theredbananas,com

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  37. followed on Facebook! theredbananas@gmail.com

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  38. followed on twitter! theredbananas@gmail.com

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  39. Biggest roadblock for me now is working a ft job and making time to work a business plan, and then it wold be financial issues, thanks for the giveaway!

    cheerbear7@Hotmail.com

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  40. I already follow your blog, so following your facebook now, thanks!
    cheerbear7@Hotmail.com

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  42. For me, the major roadblock to acieving my dream career is that I am so overwhelmed by all the information that's out there - which is why I read your blog, because I feel you present only what's relevant and most helpful.

    BUT, I've decided to open an Etsy store March 30th, and we'll see how it goes. :)

    Sorry, forgot to add my email! nicholejc03@gmail.com

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  43. Already follow your blog on Google Reader! <3

    nicholejc03@gmail.com

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  44. Follow you on Facebook!

    nicholejc03@gmail.com

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  45. I follow you on Bloglovin'.

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  46. As someone who has already had about 5 (home-based)businesses, I think the biggest obstacle is really yourself. Sometimes we can stand in our own way of doing things we really want to do. Feelings of doubts or what-ifs. So if you can just visualize it in your mind, you really can do it. Don't listen to those little voices in your head, but visualize it, it works! Also, like you said a Business Plan on paper before you start anything is key to opening your own business :)

    DbaLori@msn.com
    http://tryintobestylin.com

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