Holiday Rush is no joke. Last year at this time I had JUST opened up shop and had only 12 items listed for sale, as opposed to the 70 prints and 35 photographs I have listed now. Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot and feel much more comfortable in my new shoes, but I have a ways to go.
I knew there would be an influx in sales leading up to the holidays. I’ve read that for some, holiday sales can represent as much as 20-40% of annual sales. So I made sure I had enough paper, envelopes, shipping labels, backer board, paint, etc, etc, in stock. I made sure I was ready. And I was and am ready, but I still felt overwhelmed when the orders flooded in over Thanksgiving weekend. It seemed like for every order I fulfilled and shipped, another one took its place. It reminded me of a dream/nightmare I used to have years ago when I served tables, where no matter how fast I moved, I couldn’t keep up with all of the tables and people and what they wanted. In real life, I’m very organized and efficient and was great at serving tables, just like I’m holding my own with running this business. But on those busy days, the hours would fly by, and before I knew it, the day was over. I have a feeling that’s what’s going to happen to this month.
Of course, this is a good thing. Sales are the bread and butter of my business. How I earn an income. Now that it’s Friday, I feel caught up again (although, my “Open Orders” list still isn’t down to zero, but hopefully it won’t be until after Christmas!). And I feel like I can take a breath, and catch up on other aspects of my business outside of fulfilling orders and responding to messages. Like filing my quarterly state sales tax report. And maybe even finish my own christmas shopping!
And of course, get ready for hopefully another busy week of holiday orders :) Keep ‘em coming!