This landed on my doorstep today and boy did I wake up and smell the coffee!
I have known this day was coming for quite some time, but I must admit that this morning when I finally saw it there, it actually felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. A decision HAD to be made once and for all!
What the hell is this British twit going on about I hear you ask. A hint – these are boxes and boxes of frames that I have to fill with lot’s and lot’s of scrumptious Cheeky Pickle designs, and to be finished in time for the Christmas markets....the question I have been shying away from for quite some time now is “HOW” on earth am I going to be able to do it?
Since starting my Facebook page, October of last year, Cheeky Pickle has gone from (as my husband USED to call it) a “hobby business” to quite a profitable little enterprise. Slowly over the last ten months my “fan numbers” have increased and with that, sales have started to creep up also, which don’t get me wrong, is bloody fantastic and I'm on cloud cuckoo land!
My dream of working from home, being able to look after my children, do something I LOVE....AND make money from it has finally come true. However, over the last five months I have seen a massive increase in my custom orders, and in all honesty I am now struggling to keep up with the constant demand. The truth of the matter is, I, like lots of little Facebook businesses and WHAM’s out there am one person and one person only. I won’t list all the things all us FB businesses have to do all in a day, as I really don’t want to appear ungrateful. But let’s just say that at the moment, the little child free time I have is being spent - 80% e mails and 20% physically making, designing and crafting. Which doesn't seem to make much sense to me. What do you think??
O.K, I know what you are all thinking “here we go, another one who thinks she’s got too big for her boots and no longer needs to do custom orders” My answer to you is... far from it! As I’ve said before, I really do LOVE custom orders. They stretch my mind, make me think about doing things I haven’t thought about doing before and push me out of my comfort zone, all of which I have my gorgeous customers to thank. And I have to add at this point, that I have “cyber met” (if that’s a real phrase, probably is now a days!) some of the nicest people through facebook, customers and business page holders alike.
Let’s just say I haven’t got too big for my boots, rather, my boots are starting to feel a little heavy at the moment!
With Christmas markets around the corner and Christmas items to design, make and stock up on, I have had to make the huge decision of PUTTING ON HOLD custom orders for the next couple of months. There, I said it quickly, so it wouldn’t hurt too much (like pulling off a plaster!!)
I hope you can understand where I’m coming from with this and are not too disappointed with me. I’m pretty good at multi tasking, but like most mums out there, I’m certainly not Superwoman.
As the great Arnie once said – “I’ll be back”, but in the meantime, I will hold a few pre Christmas Facebook and Madeit sales. Hopefully with plenty of new and exciting designs for you to buy. Also look out for a newly designed website, where, fingers crossed, you will also be able to purchase my goodies.
Please keep following me on Facebook as this is where i will be showing off all my new ideas there first.
Finally (thanks for staying with me, i know i do go on a bit...)Thanks to all of you for your continued support, it's so lovely when, as a business, you post something on FB and get all these instant, lovely, positive, supportive posts in return. It's what has helped me get more confident in what i do and in return, has helped me produce better and better designs.