2/27

It was fun this week to figure out who I wanted to interview for the Entrepreneur Interview we are doing in a couple weeks. I had a couple people I could pick from who have successfully started their own business, and are doing quite well. I picked a close client of mine to do the interview with though. You’ll get a glimpse of the interview next week!

It’s crazy how this semester has flown by. I’m looking forward to doing the franchise part of the class because I don’t know who I’ll interview. I’ll keep you posted on ideas though!

Until next time!

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1/29/2017

This week we are figuring out what our small business will be. I have recieved responses for my business idea options and am deciding to continue my wreath making business I just started about three weeks ago. So far, I’ve had a lot of positive input and feedback from my wreaths and I have two people who have pre-ordered for my lemon spring wreath that I’ll have done before Valentines Day. I thought about doing Holiday wreaths but I think I’d rather focus more on seasons so that my customers can have their wreaths out for longer. My prices vary from $30-$35 per wreath which includes the material needed to make the wreath, wire/floral tape, and labor put into creating the wreath. I feel like those prices are very reasonable for the type of wreaths I’ll be making. I will consider having specials and I’d like to throw in a couple cute handmade thank you cards for purchasing my wreaths. I’m excited to continue to learn this semester and grow!

Until next time –

01/23/2017

It was interesting these past couple of weeks to read about different business ideas and plans that my fellow classmates have had. Some of them I wouldn’t have thought of, and other’s were very common. I’ve been doing some research lately on what the best idea is for my $100 project and my big business idea. I’ve looked at different business plans and have come up with my two ideas. I know I will do well, as it’s something that has become more of a luxury lately that people indulge in. I’m excited to continue working on these two projects and hope to open a store front in the next 6 months.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress I’ve made! Until next time –

11/20

I thought this week’s case study was really amazing. It went along with my interview with the entreprenuer, and in making a difference. Here are some of my thoughts:

Catherine Rohr

I like how Catherine was so honest with what she expected at the prison, and what she really saw. I think a lot of us feel like a prison is filled with crazy zoo animals, but in reality it can be quite sad. Catherine mentioned, “I saw a tremendous opportunity in these men to leverage their strength, to build them up to be leaders in their community.” She proceeded to explain how she helped these prisoners discover their ‘business plan.’ She had a lot of passion and devotion, you can just tell that she really cared for these men. It’s inspiring to me what she did for these people, who a lot think they don’t deserve happiness. It’s like giving them a second chance to be a better person and to live a better life.

I also wanted to talk about my $100 challenge. I’ve decided not to do paintings but to sell furniture and so far so good. I am excited for the outcome, and to donate $100 to the charity I chose. I love to make a difference, and I can’t wait for her to receive the money.

10/31

This week we talked a lot about customer service and how to provide great customer service. I went out of the way to look for a couple good articles that implement good customer service, and how to achieve that status.

  1. Add the extra mile: What I got from this was that you really need to pay attention to the customer, what they like, what they hate, and their personalities. Do they like questions being asked? Do they want you to tell them your opinion about something, etc.
  2. Assure the customer: Whether you like a product or not, a customer may really love it. Assure the customer it’ll look great unless the customer asks for your honest opinion. Then tell them kindly, break it down to what you don’t like about it and suggest a better product.
  3. Deals, deals, deals: Customers love deals. When they feel like they are getting the best out of product, customers will come back. Coupons are awesome. These can make the customer excited to shop, and willing to come back for more, or even spend more.

I’ve worked customer service for 8 years now. Customers are always right, customers are always first before other co-workers/employees, and be ready to back the customer up.

Contest

I was looking at different photo contests on the internet and I knew that I needed to submit three photos to three different contests, and as soon as I saw the smithsonian website I knew I wanted to submit my “cow” image to it. I made an account and started the photo contest form!

I entered four different contest but my favorite contest was the “Smithsonian Magazine” photo contest. My “theme” was the natural world. What could be more natural that a Cow. For my description I put, “And On the 9th Day They Made A Farmers Wife. I was walking around taking photographs of the cows and new born horses, and there was this one cow #134 that followed me everywhere I went. At one point he charged me through the fence. I wanted to show the life through a cow.” Below you can read more on what I wrote for my description for this photo contest!

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/natural-world/and-on-the-9th-day-they-made-a-farmers-wife/#3UvOLRFT0UDQoP9k.99

Here is the link to the contest that I entered: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/natural-world/and-on-the-9th-day-they-made-a-farmers-wife/?ordering=-uploaded_at&filters=

The date I uploaded the image was : June 27, 2016 @ 4:54 p.m.
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Photobook Portfolio

merged_document_4 NatalieMuir_BackCoverHere is my finished product! I’m actually really pleased and excited about my photo book! I went with my farmers wife theme I have. I’ve started a blog about “Southern Wife, Idaho Life” and would love to display this on that webpage as a show case of the “farm life” i’m living with my husband and I. This semester has been great, and I’ve enjoyed every assignment given! Brother Miller has been a wonderful teacher.

Below is my “Farmers Wife” book and if you click on the image, that’ll bring you to my photo book as a PDF. I’ve taken all of these images with a DSLR T3i Canon!

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