running a stationery business

Saying No: Reasons why you should and ways to make it easier

Saying No: Reasons why you should and ways to make it easier

Let’s be honest.  For most people, it is hard to say no.  For whatever reason, and they can be different from person to person, we feel like we are letting someone down, are desperate for the client work, have the fear of missing out on something, or just cannot bring ourselves to say no to whatever is asked of us.

We will look at a few reasons why you should say no to a project and a few ways to make it easier to send that message declining the opportunity.

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Printing: In-House vs. Outsourcing

Printing: In-House vs. Outsourcing

A question that I am asked in some form or another with some regularity by other stationers is whether they should I print their stationery in-house, if they should outsource their printwork.  Every stationer faces this choice and, as with almost everything, there is no right or wrong answer.

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My first big mistake as a stationer

My first big mistake as a stationer

I don’t think that there is a stationer, calligrapher, or any business owner for that matter, who has not made some big mistakes on their journey. 

If we are lucky, we will be able to learn from others’ missteps as they share their experiences and will be able to avoid some of the big mistakes that they have made.  I have been very fortunate to have learned many lessons this way, but I have also made plenty of big mistakes on my own!

The first big mistake happened with my very first invitation client.  The mistake was a bad one and, honestly, it shook my confidence for years afterwards. Let me tell you that story.

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