One of the really cool things about growing a business is learning to feel your way through new experiences. My business is growing – in ways that I dreamed and hoped, and I’m learning to schedule and organize things in a way that I didn’t have to do before.
Part of that for me has been being ok with scheduling time to work on new products for the shop. It’s really important to keep things moving – and I’ve got plenty of new supplies lying around. But when it came time to assemble them, I felt guilty if I had any orders in queue. Not cool. Because if my business is growing in a positive way, I’ll always have orders waiting. So my supply pile grew, and not a one was being made or listed. #fail
So I made a deal with myself – three new listings a week until everything is listed. No new fabric purchases until all of the current ones are listed. I’m as big of a sucker for supplies as any craft lover – I see something that catches my eye and justify purchasing it, because hey, I have to reorder this other fabric, and well, while I’m shipping…
It sounds like such a small thing, but it accomplished a lot for me. For starters, I was getting overwhelmed. That made me shut down a bit. Not good. Making a plan got me up and moving. The plan gave me permission to work on my new projects, because they’re important to my business, too.
So, guess what has happened now? I’m getting new listings up, and orders are still going out like clockwork. Maybe not within a day, but always within three days, which is my goal.
It has revitalized me and my love for what I’m doing. And kept me from feeling bogged down. It’s awesome.
And now you’ve seen all of the latest listings! I do have a disproportionate number of polka dot patterns at the moment – only because I’ve had requests for them! I have so many other patterns that I love that are ready and waiting – and I can’t wait to share them with you!