There is one thing that I’ve learned from having my own small business…change is constant. At times this change does not feel good and I try to fight it, but eventually, I realize that it was for the best. I either learn something valuable from it or I get the opportunity to grow in a way that I didn’t know I could or that I even wanted to! Other times, I’m looking for ways to bring change into my life or business so that I can adjust what’s not working for me and my family.
Over the past few months, I noticed a few things that I wanted to change. The way my business was structured was not working for me or my family in this season of our life. I needed to simplify my business. I needed to simplify my life. I have been trying to do so many different things within my business that I wasn’t doing any one thing well. I couldn’t stand that feeling anymore. So, my husband and I discussed where our struggle was coming from and we came up with ideas on how to improve or resolve those aspects of our business…and I feel so much better now!
There was this constant stress around the furniture portion of my business. This stress has really been around for years, but we always dealt with it or simply ignored it because we thought this is just what I do. Others in the furniture rehab business can feel my pain of searching for affordable furniture to flip, then picking it up, storing it, fixing it, painting it, staging it to take photos (which I was never good at remembering to do this), storing it again until you can deliver it, and then staging it in my booth. It would be different if I could do this all by myself, but I can’t. I need my husband’s help…and his truck. Scheduling all this was a nightmare. We made it happen for almost 3 years, but enough is enough.
So, I decided to return to where this adventure started and go back to focusing on creating wooden signs. This is what I enjoy doing and it’s far less stressful. At first, I thought of this as going backwards and feeling like I had failed, but then someone turned my thinking upward and showed me how simplifying was actually going to help me move forward and lead me to greater things in my business. I have the opportunity to create more product lines throughout the year and bring more designs to our wonderful customers to help decorate their homes.
I also had to make the tough decision to close my booth at Salvaged Heirlooms in Benson. I loved being a part of the vendor family at the store, but with my goal of simplifying the business, I decided to focus on reaching my customers online. It was bittersweet, but my husband and I moved my items out and relocated them to our Wake Forest location within Southern Suds and Gifts. I will be forever grateful for the years I had a booth in Rebecca’s Vintage Market and Salvaged Heirlooms.
I will stay in the Wake Forest location for as long as I can. It’s much easier for me to keep up a table display with my current schedule. I can still go picking for smalls and share my handmade signs with our Wake Forest customers.
I’m excited about this next phase in our business. I can’t wait to see how I grow and what we can accomplish.
Continue to follow along with our journey – we have something exciting coming next week!! I can’t wait to tell you!
We truly appreciate all your support!