With the imminent opening of Neath Valley Wools on the High Street (yay!), I was reflecting with my hubby on our journey (be it long) to realising a long held dream. I suggested (tongue in cheek) why don’t you write something about me opening a shop but from your point of view.
Well here is the result, enjoy:
One day Jan said to me ‘Why don’t you write a blog about what it has been like getting the wool shop going – from your perspective?”
“ok” I said.
I have been involved with Smallscrafts from the outset. The website was initially down to me. We decided to use zencart as we did not want the hassle of hiring a programmer and zencart was straightforward to set up. I used to work on the website at the swimming pool while my daughter was training. Our initial setup worked extremely well, not to say we did not make mistakes, we (I) did expensive ones! One mistake was with the credit card handling company, we chose a horribly expensive package when cheaper ones were becoming available. It was sorted out in the end. We chose different templates, and paid for some, until we settled on one we were happy with. The Google ads were set up badly to begin with by a professional company but we learned from experience and now use shopping ads we generate ourselves.
The house was taken over by wool and crafting products. It was fun at first, but then, slowly, it became more and more difficult to get into some of our rooms. My business was ejected from the office and into our lounge – and ultimately to an office above the shop. The wool mountain kept growing and sales plateaued. At last we made the move to get our stocks into the shop. Of course they will not all fit into the shop and so we have had to keep some at home and store some in a stockroom.
Fitting out the shop has been fun. Well for Janet anyway. From my point of view I have been required to paint, repaint, varnish, drill, polish, and be a general skivvy. But it has been fun and it is great to see my wifes’ ambitions realised So while there have been ups and downs it has been a wonderful ride. Long may it continue.