Tuesday, 16 February 2016

'Small Business' woes

Running a small business comes with its unique challenges.

A big challenge for me is trying to check my own work. It's so easy to see what I think I wrote/clicked/set up on the website, rather than what is actually in front of me.

Another one is sales. A very quiet day is scary. But much worse is releasing a new product which you have high hopes for...only for it to make no sales at all in the first day. What if all that investment is wasted?

Yesterday I launched some new products:

Car signs (6 designs in total)

A 'do not disturb' door hanger



And a 'invisble disability' badge for those with mobility issues.

I sold several badges on day 1. Phew! Now worries there.

But I didn't sell a single sign or door hanger. Uh oh. What if they are unsaleable stock? - OK, so I know it's only 1 day, and I'll sell some over time....but 'no sales' when released does not indicate a best-seller!

As I tried to figure out how to make at least one sale, just so I'd know it wasn't a failure, I got a FB message:

"I can't add this sign to my shopping basket. Have they sold out already or is something wrong?"

FACEPALM!

I'd forgotten to set them as 'for sale' in the back office!

Now it's sorted. And I've made a sale.

I can stop panicking.

And next time I will triple check that setting!

5 comments:

  1. I love your stuff. Just had some keyring cards shipped here to Canada!

    If I may be so bold as to offer constructive criticism (I'm a proofreader: I can't help it!)... you have an incorrect apostrophe in the very first sentence of this post. If you can/do correct this, feel free to then delete my comment. ☺

    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you :D I've changed it :D No comment deletion required. I struggle with reading in a straight line, and am rubbish at picking up errors in my own work :) So thank you for your proof reading services :)

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  2. I love your stuff. Just had some keyring cards shipped here to Canada!

    If I may be so bold as to offer constructive criticism (I'm a proofreader: I can't help it!)... you have an incorrect apostrophe in the very first sentence of this post. If you can/do correct this, feel free to then delete my comment. ☺

    Cheers!

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  3. I recently had another anoxic seizure, courtesy of PoTS. I was out walking along a coastal path at the time and the drama resulted in an air ambulance being sent!

    I was walking my chihuahua at the time, and luckily on this occasion I fell with her lead caught under me, but am now terrified of it ever occurring again and her disappearing.

    I was looking for something that I could attach to her sweater/jacket or her leash that states she belongs to someone with PoTS and that I may be unconscious nearby. At the moment a tag with my mobile number is useless if I am incapable of answering the phone - struggling to find anything suitable and wondered if it is an idea that may be incorporated into your range as I cannot imagine I am the only person who collapses and owns a dog (potentially the only one stupid enough to walk it alone!).

    xx

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  4. I recently had another anoxic seizure, courtesy of PoTS. I was out walking along a coastal path at the time and the drama resulted in an air ambulance being sent!

    I was walking my chihuahua at the time, and luckily on this occasion I fell with her lead caught under me, but am now terrified of it ever occurring again and her disappearing.

    I was looking for something that I could attach to her sweater/jacket or her leash that states she belongs to someone with PoTS and that I may be unconscious nearby. At the moment a tag with my mobile number is useless if I am incapable of answering the phone - struggling to find anything suitable and wondered if it is an idea that may be incorporated into your range as I cannot imagine I am the only person who collapses and owns a dog (potentially the only one stupid enough to walk it alone!).

    xx

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