About nine months into this project, I may be getting my stride.
Hello Remedy Fans,
When I took the leap in September 2018 and got started with my little online business, I knew I didn't really know what I was doing. I had a little time and a little money a lot of foolish ambition. Sourcing the products that I wanted to carry was not a challenge, or honestly I probably would not have started the business. I am forever grateful to the founding family of Body Time for their help. The longer I do this, the more I realize how valuable what they gave me is. Having products that people have years of experience using and loving AND ARE LOOKING FOR! has been truly the ingredient that has made this work at all.
I launched my little baby site with handwritten labels and iphone photos taken in my backyard. I had very few products and knew nothing about cosmetics packaging, website anything, marketing, shipping. I had to learn everything the hard way, which I now would argue is the best way for a founder to learn. I was lucky and got my website link posted in a few good places and the momentum started. I will say that whoever posted my site on the yelp page of now defunct Body Time, I owe you a lot. I hear again and again that people found my store link there.
I have struggled my whole life with my personality trait of leaping before I look. I did jump right into this business and now that I have it, I have to constantly fight myself to stay focussed. What I really need to be doing is blogging, improving the photos and product descriptions and upping my packaging game-I want branded boxes for my most popular products by the holidays. I need more beautiful photos so I can launch a little Pinterest channel.
I spent months and months obsessing over the skin care labels design, starting over 4 times. I 90% love the labels now, but have come to understand that I am so much my own worst critic that I have to move forward even when things aren't perfect.
My adult daughter shipped her very nice graduation present camera to me to get better photos, not subtle hint! I sourced a local printer who can do color lazer labels as I continue to experiment. I went through three different models, but I finally found the shipping label printer that does exactly what I want it to do. I got my box needs figured out and found nice quality white boxes and envelopes that are perfect for my products. I have a mile long list of things to do, but I am happy with my progress so far.
Here is the little miracle to me. The store has fans! I have women who regularly respond to photos, products, information that I send out into the world, what the heck! That is the best thing ever! I see names on Facebook, Instagram and on my daily orders list that I recognize! I have repeat customers, I see their names and know where they live-all over the country!!
I work from home, alone. While this is perfect for me in a million ways, I do need some interaction, some encouragement sometimes about what I create, what I offer. My husband says everything looks great, and that's nice, but when YOU DO on social media, I get inspired! So thank you to my new online friends/fans. I am so grateful that I took this chance and it's working!!
I always want to hear from you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything to suggest or respond to.
xo ~ lynn