How to get new inventory of accessory items when they are not made in USA and its floating in the Pacific. How to make more of the items we make in house for these upcoming holidays when no one wants to work or expects a fortune to start with no experience. When my parts will be available to fix a few of my broken wax melters. How to keep all my inventory in check between online store, Square and Quickbooks. I do not use Square's online Weebly site. But I think my biggest frustration is my partner and her 'I will do it later' philosophy .... and making hand made items for decorations instead of selling them. People love her hand made items and then she says those are not for sale.... I am like sell it and make yourself another one. LOL Especially when we sell similar items.
Now what keeps me motivated, My gross sales have tripled from what the previous owners had the store at in 2018... I bought it in June of 2019....and the gross sales are above 2020 and we are getting more people through the door than last year at this time.
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How to not sacrifice standards when faced with hard choices.
When can I focus on growth more than conservation (maintaining a lean lean operation).
Those are my big three to tackle....
Personally, where do I see myself in 5 years.
OMG everything. I opened a shoppe seven months ago and I'm drowning. We do classes and workshops in addition to the retail part. I am a jewelry artist so I supply the bulk of what I sell, plus ordering and managing other local artists I've invited to the space. It's a lot. Most days I am happy there, but I never feel I am doing enough. I can't afford to hire anyone so it's all on me. Most days it's completely overwhelming. I average four to five hours of sleep a night, and it's restless at that. It's good to hear I'm not alone, because I mostly feel alone.
What keeps me up as a small business owner, honestly is EVERYTHING. The fact that I should be working more, the fact that I feel I should be in more time organizing all that I have to do for the day. I feel like I should always be at my shop. A ton of things keep me up at night. Running a beauty salon all by your self isn't the easiest but this is only my first year, and I know things will become much easier with due time.
The VA (Veterans Affairs) have failed to pay for 50% of the treatments I have provided and often dont send an EOB. If I dont submit within a few days, I lose the money for good. Since they dont send and EOB. I have to watch the mail and my square appointment software to see how much money is missing. I am working 2 full time jobs. My clinic and a corporate job. My corporate job is funding my clinic since the VA is failing to pay.
I dont know what to do. Can I send the VA to collections? We are talking over $10,000 is missing payments that I had to fund out of my own pocket. How do I work this loss on my taxes when I am not even issued an EOB explaining why I am not getting paid? Should I even keep my own business open?
My quality of life is zero since I am working 7 days a week and often 12-16 hour days.
I love working with the vets and I think that is where my entire 13 years of college and training really gets to brighten. I dont want to give up on them, but I fear I am losing my self and my life to help them - and it is not their fault.
This is what keeps me up at night
As a business owner am always up at night because I am always thinking about how to grow my business bigger and thinking about new inventions I be up sending out tracking numbers to my costumers I be packing orders and keeping things updated am always up doing something.
Hi mslisalive here. I'm a visual artist, abstract paintings mostly. I just love creating stuff. Yes I used to be a chronic work-a-holic. Then I found myself, meditating more and somehow, I found I'm more balanced, centered and focused... but I still have a great deal of fine tuning and adjusting to accomplish: as within, so without.
the awful state of the online store and the lack of listening to the community that the team does. Also the amount of work its going to take me to transfer my business elsewhere.
The fear that Square will change the POS interface again with no planning and notice like you did a few weeks ago and that Square won't be expeditious in fixing some of the bugs that came along with it. Our POS is the backbone of our business - when there are issues it affects my staff, my customers and my revenue.
As a small business owner, the thing that keeps me up at night is imposter syndrome. It's real! Some days I feel like everything is going great and then there are some days when I question my every decision. I have to make sure that I give myself mental space and try to catch it when it happens.