I’m amazed, guys. I’ve been looking at my numbers.
I started Wee Essentials in June 2008 and made my first sale shortly after. I am blessed to be able to say it’s been mostly uphill since then.
It hasn’t always been easy on either of us – my customers or me, though.
The summer my daughter was born, we were living without any air conditioning in 100+ degree weather (I don’t think I mentioned that here!) At the same time, Wee Essentials was experiencing unprecedented growth that I couldn’t keep up with. I did eventually figure it out, and the next summer, I hired Jess to help me out with the basic sewing tasks and soaping I do daily – cutting, pinning, cutting soap bits and packing them up.
That, in a nutshell, brings me up to today. And I’ve been looking at my numbers. I’d like to share some of them with you!
The last half of 2011, on Etsy, I had about 50 sales a month. So far, 2012 has been a year of amazing growth, with 80 orders in January and 70 in February. March is shaping up to be similar. I just keep going back to those numbers and I’m stunned! (In a good way, of course!)
This doesn’t include those of you who ordered off WeeEssentials.com, co-ops, directly from me, or from retailers across the US and Canada! Wow! THANK YOU!
Unfortunately, I can’t say I’ve been well prepared for this growth. I’ve been getting orders out as fast as possible, but barely keeping up. And I’m sorry for that. You all have been very understanding, and I appreciate that so much. These types of growth come with “growing pains” and we are definitely feeling that now – especially the week we realized we had 35 custom orders in the queue and ran out of 16 of my 31 scents of soap bits!
We are looking at a few different options, including hiring someone just to take care of the soap bits. I am also looking into finding an office space to rent – maybe even a retail space! I’m so excited for the future, but I want to be sure that we keep up with the present. So you’ll find us in the studio for several hours this evening, after the kids are in bed.
In the end, it comes down to this: I want to truly, deeply thank every single one of you for your business and your friendship. YOU are what makes Wee Essentials successful!