As summer approaches I am fast hitting that time of year where I have my busy season. It goes against all the traditional advice that the winter season is a yarn shop’s busy season. But I live in a rural area where a good portion of my customers are the summer tourists. Between that and having just moved I am re-assessing my business plan and schedule.
I no longer currently have a brick and mortar location. I’m looking for a location at the moment but locations are limited; as are funds. I have several plans in work for a store, but I feel some reluctance to actually put them into play. The way festival/fiber fair schedules work I’m past dates to apply to be vendors for most of the fairs around during 2018. Amazing isn’t it? Early in the year and already dates are past for this year. I am starting to compile a list of where I want to be in 2019 so I can get vendor applications done.
There are a lot of unknowns for me at the moment. I am making. And that is wonderful to get back to. That said, I feel the pressure from myself to keep my business going and viable. I have several goals for my business:
- Get organized. Having my space in turmoil from moving is driving me crazy.
- Get my knitting instructor certification. I’m working on this but it takes time.
- Get my master knitting certificate. Again, in work but takes time.
- Teach several classes to get more people knitting and spinning. It is a wonderful thing to get more people involved in fiber arts.
- Re-open a storefront. I miss my little shop.
- Don’t go work for someone else. While I enjoyed having extra income, I did not enjoy having to give so much of my time to someone else.
- Expand the items I carry in my store to include more items I make.
This are just the beginning. I have other things I want to be able to do. I am really enjoying being available for my kids. I want to be able to continue to have the family time that I have found myself with all of a sudden.