We have almost reached the one year anniversary of Fiber Rhythm’s retail shop. I see that other than the Fashion Illustration class (which I finished, it was fun), I still have all the other “Currently Working On” items “in progress“. I put that in quotations because very little real progress has been made on those items. But that will change soon.
I just didn’t truly understand how much time the Retail part of the business would take.
As time goes on, I see how there will always be constant evaluation of the products we carry, learning more about who our customers are and what they want. It requires constant attention and a willingness to learn.
I have to say that I am loving it! It lets me express myself in various ways that the primarily online business didn’t really do.
I’ve enjoyed re-arranging, selecting product, expanding areas of the business– supporting weavers, carrying a wider variety of skein yarns, changing the hand-made-and-local product mix. While retaining the shop’s calm and colorful charm.
I have always been a numbers/accountant/spreadsheet gal, and the retail part of the business really feeds that.
As a computer gal (IBM for almost 30 years), I still get to work on the website occasionally, which I enjoy.
I do not have the natural marketing gene that gets me motivated to be on social media, setting up and promoting events. There is still a lot to do in that regard. But I’m working on it.
I am starting to feel like the basics are truly in place and I’ll be able to spend more of my days making. So I’ll have more of my projects to post about here!
Cool. Loving Life and looking forward to the next year!