Whoa... It's been a while since I last posted! As the number of orders per day has gone up, I'm finding that I have less and less time available for doing certain things... like writing blog posts, newsletters, and, err, bookkeeping. Hopefully I'll be in a position soon to hire someone to help me. :-) It's so hard, when you're a new entrepreneur, to know when to make the jump from one person to two - and what to outsource and what to keep in-house. With regard to hiring and outsourcing, I have to admit that I'm probably a typical entrepreneur who thinks they can do everything: if I can do it, why not do it? However, there are only so many hours in the day (a constant refrain of mine over the last few weeks - along with 'I wish I could clone myself'). :-) There are also some things that are much better done by other people. Plus, it's definitely much better working alongside other people, rather than working alone. So, hiring and outsourcing are firmly on the agenda at the moment.
While most of what goes on at The Splendid Stitch needs to be done in-house, there are a few things that can definitely be done by others. One is bookkeeping. Another - maybe - is blogging. I am definitely going to keep on writing regularly for this blog! However, I have been toying with the idea of starting a small blogging team/network. If you have any thoughts on this, please do let me know. Do you like it when online shops have blogging teams/networks? What features/aspects do you like the most? The least? Any suggestions are definitely welcome. :-) (And my apologies to those of you who have posted comments in the past and I haven't responded (or have responded very slowly!). My blogging software is rather unsophisticated and doesn't let me know when someone has posted a comment - and I frequently forget to check! I'm going to try to get better at checking.)
It's actually been over three weeks since I published my last blog post. What's been going on at The Splendid Stitch over the last few weeks?
Well, there was a free First Class shipping offer in the newsletter last week. :-) Wow - that kept me on my feet for a few days! Thanks so much for all of your orders!!!
Three 'Outfits of the Week' have come and gone. We've had...
... and, most recently, McCall's 7292 jumpsuit.
Finally, as some of you may have seen in the last newsletter, I'm going to have a table at The Stitchery's Christmas Open Studio Day in Glasgow on 5 December. I am so excited!!! Several of you have already emailed to say that you're going to go and I'm really looking forward to meeting you. Internet commerce can be somewhat impersonal and it will be so nice to meet some of you face to face - mince pie and mulled wine in hand. :-)
Here are the details of the event:
When? Saturday, 5 December from 9:30am to 5pm. You can drop in anytime. :-)
What's happening? Lots of fun things! There will be hands-on activities and mini-classes. You'll be able to meet other sewers and enjoy some Christmasey food and drink. I'll also be selling fabric at the event, so you'll be able to see some of our fabrics in-person.
Where? The Stitchery is located in the Finnieston area of Glasgow - near the SECC and The Hydro. It's a short walk to Glasgow's main shopping district. So, if you're from out of town, why not make a day of it: a morning at The Stitchery, a nice lunch in Finnieston (there's lots of great restaurants there!), and then Christmas shopping in the city centre. :-)
You can find out more about the event here.