December 24, 2007.
We interrupt the 12 Days of Entrepreneur Blog Posts for a very important news bulletin.....
Well 2007 is almost over, and though November was slower than last year, Jamie's Painting & Design seems to be ending December with a bang. I have spoken with many other small business owners (from other industry's) and it sounds like the economy (just to humble little ol' me) is slowing down. Luckily we have continued to grow in other areas, streamline our processes, expand our line and continue to evolve as a company.
I will delve more into what worked and did not work for the 2008 Holiday Season once I get the tinsel off the tree, glitter out of my floor boards, the last packages wrapped, eat one more piece of fudge, sing one more verse of jingle bells (hold on Abby, I will be start singing any minute now...) and sit down, no really maybe I should sit down when I type.
12 Days of Entrepreneurs....More like 42
If you are counting we are only up to number five, and even though math is not my strong point, I know I will not get the other 7 up before the end of December - which was my original goal. I am still, um, well missing a few interviews, but I can at least get through 10 hopefully by the beginning of January. December sort of crept up and bit me in the ass, and I have had some family emergencies to deal with to boot. Being the boss is nice now, and makes me realize why I chose to do this - I have the freedom to take care of more pressing matters.
On a happier note - I would like to say that the 12 Days of Entrepreneurs is going to continue to be a monthly post at JPD Mom. The success has been great, and I really enjoy highlighting other successful entrepreneurial women. Sharing tricks of the trade, telling your stories and how you did it, your secrets to success, and your nodding your head when I am crying - all good. I would like to actually feature pioneers in the industry, established women, and new entrepreneurs that are just breaking into the industry on a regular basis.
If you are interested in being featured please send the following:
- Name and name of your company
- Family status
- Where your located, is it a home run business or out of an office
- A short biography about why you started your business and a little "nugget" of inspiration for us.
The Times They Continue to Change
If you have not heard, Drooz studio has decided to close it's wholesale side of the business, and let Oopsy Daisy produce her products. I think what Shelly Kennedy is doing is brilliant - I commend her and I am happy for her success. I can not wait to see what the next great thing that Shelly will do, and how she will continue to impact our industry.
I remember not so long ago when another pioneer decided to stop selling wholesale. Back in Spring of 2004, Wendy Bellissimo left the wholesale side of the business. The ripple around the country was huge - boutiques everywhere were told to sell or return old inventory. I remember the store owners and websites all in total dismay - her bedding was the "must have" bedding for all mothers to be. The rumors were flying about what she was going to do next, and what bedding would replace her. Needless to say, a couple other bedding companies quickly took her throne and all is right with the world.
How wonderful for the customers of Drooz studio to NOT have to wait a whole year to see what she is doing next. Again, great move by Shelly - it sounds like a win-win situation to me.
It makes you wonder, only history will tell who will be remembered and who will quickly be forgotten. Which of us will go on to make an impact? Who will create a major shift in this industry and who will slowly fade away? Which of you will continue to hand paint, sew alone or make your own products? Which of us will stop doing it ALL? Who will go overseas to manufacture and who will just go down in flames?
One thing I do know is that people need to decide what they want to spend their time doing - and I think Shelly made it very clear - she loves to create.
The Year In Review
Finally, I will be posting the year in review, the highlights and low points for JPD. Some things were huge, some just a bleep on my radar. Some blog posts will be remembered fondly, and others....well I am not so proud of.
Hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday and you are able to spend some quality time with your families. My wish to you is that you (and I) will NOT feel compelled to do one of the following; check the status of an order, paint a plate, make a call, sew something, check voice mail, invoice a customers, ship a package, make a sales call, check email, sneak blackberry to Christmas dinner, post a blog......DOH, I blew it already!
We will now return your to your regular pro......er, uh Entrepreneur Blogs.......NEXT!