Big Risks

I am thrilled to tell you I am finally done with my wholesale order. 400 pieces are packed, shipped, and off to Arizona.

I can't show you the pieces yet, but as soon as the website launches I will share the link.

Taking this order was a big risk for my business. 

I knew I would still have to work on orders that came through Etsy and my shows coming up (I have one this Saturday). So in the mist of making all the pieces for the order, I had to build up my inventory for my shows, and Etsy.

This experience really challenged how I do business, and my time management skills. It inspired a few new ideas for organizing my business, and I will be working on those over the next few weeks.

I will share these ideas with you closer to the end of the year, as I use my new system and make it an effective part of my business.

Taking on this project was risky, but it gave me a greater belief in myself and my business and I now I know I can handle anything that comes my way.

What risks have you taken in you business?

What do you want to try but you don't think your ready for?

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  1. Congratulations! I have never done a wholesale order but it gives me jitters should I ever have to do one!This year I plan to do something different for the holiday season. I have another project that I so want to do badly. Its block printing on linen scarves. I have a lot to learn and see how it will go. Not ready yet to take the plunge!

  2. Congratulations on completing the order! Wholesaling is an amazing accomplishment and it will really help you gain more loyal customers! I really want to be self employed but do not feel ready yet with the cost of health care, mortgage, investing in retirement, etc, etc...

  3. I'm terrified to take risks with my biz. In fact right now I should be on my way to a shop nearby with some necklaces I made to see if they'd be interested in them and I'm scared to get in the car and go!!!

  4. That is awesome that you got and fulfilled such a big order! Makes all your work to date worthwhile, doesn't it?
    The risk I took? I opened a B&M and am scared every day the sales aren't what I need. So much work, so much to do, all dependent on the whims of consumers. Scary. BUT, I love representing local artists and artisans, and am considering opening it up to a larger section of the handmade community. AND I like to be able to say, I AM TAKING TODAY OFF, and actually do it because they are so few and far between. Not like before, where I could take half a day here and there, I need FULL days and try to enjoy them each minute I am not in the shop.
    Hopefully, soon, all the effort will pay off.

  5. Wow! Well I'm sure you're relieved and happy to be done, discovering time you never knew you had! That's such a great honor:) Can't wait to see it unfold!

  6. Wonderful and it's good to know that taking this risk gave you a proven belief that you are able to handle these big challenges. Congrats!

  7. I am so glad that you are done with the order and that you consider it a positive risk-taking action :)

    I think that generally the younger you are, the easier it is to take a risk... but I try, not too often though.

  8. Congrats on getting the order completed and keeping up with everything else! I hope that it's a great opportunity for you.


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