. . . and as I sat there packing up the boxes with the 200 kits that I just finished cutting, an email popped up in my mail box. It appeared to be an order for another 250 kits!
I reread it just to be sure. Yes. That is exactly what it was. As I looked around at the filled boxes and tried to digest what I just read, I tried not to be overwhelmed. But I must admit that in that first moment of realization, I did feel a bit like I was in quick sand. After all, these kits were not even out the door yet and still had an hour or so of packaging.
I had to stop and take a breath and think.
I counted to ten. That helped. Then I started thinking. After all, this was a good thing, right?
I spent the next half hour or so figuring things out. I already had the wood. That was great. I had several reams of paper to print the patterns, but I would need some more. I had enough ink to get me through another run, but I would surely be running low by the end of it so I would need to order more of that too. And I would also need another batch of ziplock bags to hold the kits. Thank goodness that company delivers quickly!
I got my ducks in order and called for the bags and got them ordered. I believe they may have even been sent out yesterday, which would be great. They come from Ontario and Monday is a holiday here in Canada so I wouldn’t have them until Tuesday. But that is OK. It will take me time to get things cut and printed.
Keith offered to make the run to Yarmouth to get paper and spray glue, and also to cut the wood into the 10” x 10” sheets. It was all stored at his parents and needed to be run through the table saw. While I had up to this point been doing most of these orders on my own, I came to the realization that it was time for me to call in the cavalry and accept some help. After all, we are a partnership. We have two saws. I need to get back to designing too. Having a partner to help with this order will be beneficial to both of us and really takes a lot of the pressure off of having to look at doing this mountain of work all on my own.
So the deal was made and we are both going to work on this order. I felt better already.
While Keith went and did the errands and cut the wood into manageable pieces, I finished packing up this order and began printing the new one. Things were humming.
It is great to see the business growing. In order to grow though, I knew that the day would come when I would no longer be able to do everything myself. That is just part of getting larger. I still need to have time to design and present new items in order to continue to grow and be successful. Accepting this and ‘letting go’ is part of that process. I have a wonderfully capable partner who is willing to help me. I only need to learn to accept help from the cavalry.
I think I am ready! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"