Moving Day It has been longer than we would have liked to update our blog, but so many changes have been taking place the last few months, the largest of which has been relocating from the back bedroom of my home into our own office and workshop within the mill that we have been working with the last year. It has been a great working relationship, and now that we are on the same property, it makes working that much easier.
Direct Check Out
After we got a bit more settled in to our new place, Etsy came out with their direct check out program. Customers no longer have to go through PayPal to make their purchases unless they choose to. We signed up for this direct check out option even though it meant not getting paid until the item shipped. Once we set up direct check out, within a week or so, our sales nearly tripled! We were overjoyed as well as overwhelmed. What was a barely manageable amount of orders with the two of us and one laser, was now becoming unmanageable. We had to consider other options.
Growing the Business
We chose to invest into another laser to double our production. We were very lucky to find the the same type of laser we currently use sitting in a warehouse in Colorado having never been used. Epilog sent it ASAP and we had it within 3 business days. It was a blessing that it came when it did because we were drowning in orders for Mother's Day. We decided to name each laser....
Sales have maintained and we are expanding in directions we have wanted to go. We are very busy and now are looking to take on a part-time worker to help with the boxing and shipping of our items. We have come to the realization that we are no longer the small home based business we started out as, and it is time to have some help.
All in all, the last two months there have been a lot of changes, all good, but challenging at times. Each challenge brings opportunity to learn and grow to become the company we want to be become.