Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crossroads....continued

Thank you so much everyone for the great comments and suggestions yesterday. I really appreciate it. Just to clarify something though....I am very happy with where FourDogDay and MyOtherShop are as far as sales go, and my two shows have both made a small profit. My concern isn't about lack of sales...of course I would love more, but that isn't my issue. It takes a long time to grow a successful business and that will come eventually. Right now I am still finding my way, and THAT is my issue. I'm not sure which way "my way" is.

I don't intend to rip my shops apart. I love my shops. What I need to do is decide on a "theme" for each shop...then make things I enjoy making that people want to buy....and all will be well in the world.

Yesterday I took my daughter's marketing tip and I repriced every item in both of my shops. It was quite a task. She suggested I get away from the $5, $10, $15 prices and even the $6, $12, and $16 etc. She said to stay under that number that takes you into the next price "bracket" whenever possible. I will be interested to see if it makes any difference.

I thought about all of this a lot last night and I realized that the answers will all come in their own time if I just stop concerning myself with the past, and I stop questioning the future. I can't do anything about either one of them.

What I plan to do is to keep making aprons, start making totes, reusable lunch and snack bags and then continue to work on the other things I enjoy the most or that attract the most attention. That would be my cake stands, the light switch covers, and I have some ideas for some really cute pillows.

I can only control this very moment in time, so at this very moment, I am going to go finish a really cute apron I started!

Chat with you soon and thanks again...you are all so awesome!

Chee Hoo!

3 comments:

Lanyardlady said...

Sounds like a great plan! Goodness knows if I were in this only for the sales my shops would have closed long ago :)

Waterstone by Lori Plyler said...

I'm with Lanyard! Sounds to me like you're taking the right attitude. Seems to me that the important thing sometimes is to do what you love and love what you do. You do both and the rest will work itself out.

Meekiyu said...

good stuff... you'll find your way and glad your shops are doing great! =D

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