Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Updates!

I've been working on refining my business plan as this year winds down. It seems to me each year goes faster and faster! I jettisoned my skin care line in June, as it was apparent it was not profitable. This is forever the challenge of the entrepreneur....we follow our dreams and passions, create some way to serve the public and run good business practice, but sometimes you must be able to discern when to throw in the towel, without throwing away your dreams. Here is how I did it:

When I did careful bookeeping and could see that the time and money spent on ingredients, formulation, packaging, labeling, FDA changing requirements and landscape the math just did not add up. I felt a mixture of both a little sadness, and also relief. It was my opportunity to re-define what I wanted PureBliss Essentials to be about.

The first step I took was to clearly define the parts of the business that really excited me. For me, it was clear, the artful/creative development was the "buzz" I was seeking. As I looked at this carefully, I could see that doing innovative soap desgin, that could change season by season was where the satisfaction was. So it was clear: I had to drastically cut my line, and specialize in what I loved the most.

One thing I'm still grappling with, is that I have a number of absolutely dedicated customers who are really upset that I discontinued the skin care line. I've reached out to them and communicated, and have tried to see how else I could help or direct them. At the end of the day, a successful business has to be profitable, satisfying and it must serve customers well.

What process have you used to establish, or re-define your personal or business goals? What process works for you?

1 comment:

  1. Great post, Grace! So many people don't pay attention to the signs and just keep doing things they like even though they are not profitable. And they continue to fool themselves into thinking they are in "business."

    I admire you for making the decision. That's what leaders do. Doing what you love is great, but if it's not profitable, there's no point other than to satisfy your urge for a hobby. Which is a good urge -- but not if you want the hobby to keep food on the table.

    Good call, and I can't wait to see your seasonal soaps!

    I'm excited to serve you as a member of IBN too!

    (Are there skin care companies in your neck of the woods? Maybe you can refer your customers to some of them. IBN's member directory may be a place to start. Let me know if I can help!)


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