Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I have had exactly 4 jobs in my entire life. I've been working since I was 15. Nonstop.
Each and every one of those jobs included working on Saturday, so I guess that makes 15 years of working on Saturdays.
This Saturday was the day it happened. My career at the Post Office flashed before my eyes. All 11 years I think. Something so simple and yet so important.
The supervisor called me to the desk. She said "This sheet says you missed an Express mail scan yesterday."
Me:" I don't remember having an express. Oh, yeah I did. It was a signature waiver so I signed it and left it in the box. I didn't scan that?! Holy crap!! I can't miss an Express! I missed one in October for the first time in 11 years! I've got a letter in my file! They'll fire me for this!" And that's when the flash started.
Every day is the same...but different. 3000+ pieces of mail to sort. 500+ customers to remember. 20-50 packages. 4-10 certified letters, express mail and various signature items.
Turns out I did scan the express, and it was delivered on time. The scanner didn't download into the computer the night before.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway over at Krystyn's blog. Ends Wed.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
After that post I got to work on my other blog. I opened up an etsy site back in Dec. but I haven't really been able to devote too much time to the listings. Plus it just doesn't have the personality I wish it did. After awhile I decided to just set up a blog to say more with my descriptions. I've been pretty lazy with that too, but today I saw something that made me check on paypal to see if I could set up a shopping cart on my blog. It was really easy and I gave myself a blog makeover and turned it into a store. So I have 2 stores now. Lots of people have bought things before on Etsy, but I know a lot of people who are turned off by the prospect of having to sign up for another new username and password (even if it's just the thought of it and it's not really required). In the age of eBay who doesn't have a paypal account?
So I've spent way too much time on that blog today. I'm happy that it seems to be coming together, but I could use some help. Please visit over there and leave me some feedback. If you don't want to leave it in the comments, feel free to e-mail me at the address listed on the top of the page.
Some specific things I'm wondering about are:
Do you think the pictures adequately show the item listed?
Do I need to take better pictures?
Are my descriptions too long, or am I leaving out important details?
Is my shopping cart easy to understand? (you can put things in without buying)
Is there anything else you'd like to see or not see?
Since you have the choice, which place would you more likely order from, blog or Etsy store?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me out. I'm not trying to get you to order anything, I'm just looking for the feedback. Thanks again!
I also had a request for a blanket this week. It turned out so well. Unfortunately, I think my machine is needing a rest. The little piece that winds the bobbin is broken. They sell a bobbin winder at Wal-mart, but it won't work for the bobbins for my machine. I'm going to have to send it off to get fixed which is a bummer. I do have my old sewing machine as a back up. It works ok. I have had to use it a couple of times this week and I realize just how spoiled I've been with my "new" machine. I had to use the old one to finish the blanket the other night. It still turned out really nice. It was for a little girl turning one, her name is Maiah.
When I first started thinking of doing this as a business I was a little apprehensive. I've tried things before that didn't really work so well. Things like making my wooden books, selling scrapbooking and stamping supplies, and I'm still a consultant for Mary Kay. I think one of the main reasons for that is because I was broke back then (and with Mary Kay I'm just not willing to have tons of inventory sitting around in my closet for years). I really didn't have the money to be spending on the things I had to buy to get the business's going, and therefore I just had too much pressure to do well. This time it seems like I am just focusing on one thing at a time, and I don't feel like I have to "sell" anything. I have been buying fabric and things as I make money, and I'm perfectly happy to make things as gifts. If I was broke right now I probably wouldn't be quite as willing to just give my things away.
There are also a few things I learned from listening to Dave Ramsey talk about how his company grew from nothing. Starting small and growing steady was really the way he did it. I truly believe that he's one of the smartest people on the planet. Who else can file for bankruptcy and become a millionaire a few short years later without borrowing a penny for his business?