It’s been a while since The Little Patch has seen any activity. A couple of months ago I decided to take a little break and decide whether the time and effort I was investing in my little business was worth it whilst I filed my tax return.
During my break I’ve reflected upon my successes but also questioned the future of The Little Patch. People who follow my Facebook page will have seen the finished carriers all folded neatly with my toadstool logo and cute little business labels. They see the swan gliding gracefully across the pond. What they don’t see is the frantic paddling which happens below the surface; the constant stream of email enquiries, the hours of searching for unique fabrics for individual customers (many of whom don’t then commit to having a carrier made), the chasing up of unpaid invoices which leave me out of pocket. They don’t see me sewing into the early hours when Pookie has refused to go to bed until late and when all of this is done and the packages are ready to post, it’s time to get back out there and drum up more business! It’s a never-ending juggling act!
Over the past year I am proud to have developed a successful business which has gone from selling my very first carriers at a significant loss on eBay to having a consistent run of orders that turned a profit. I have learnt the benefits of good communication with my customers and the importance of sticking to what you know and being brave enough to say ‘no’ to requests for carriers which didn’t fit my pattern or used fabrics I didn’t have experience with. I am proud of all of my successes and for learning from my failures too!
But now (with an ever demanding two year old tugging at my clothes as I sew) just over a year after we ‘officially’ began, we are drawing our business to a close. That’s not to say we won’t be back and that Pookie and I won’t be continuing our adventures in the world of babywearing but we won’t be taking any orders or making any carriers in the near future.
I’d like to thank everyone who has made my venture so enjoyable and rewarding and helped me design carriers beyond my imagination. I want to say thank you for your support and your all of your gorgeous action photos that made it so worthwhile!
I wish you all well on your adventures and hope you all ‘carry’ on!