22.9.10

Small Business, Small Steps: Frugal Fanny

Joey Harrison

It's funny, up until this point the things that have made me feel most like a real business aren't the Etsy sales or wholesale accounts, the customer service ups and downs, or even the products themselves, but the things that make me feel most like a mini factory, with product to move and sales to make and work to generate, are the boxes of bulk packing supplies currently sitting in my office. I know, that's weird. But, I'm going to let you in on a little secret I don't like spending money, and at the end of last week I finally bit the bullet and bought my first bulk anything for English Muffin.

There's a Frugal Fanny deep down inside me. I'm not sure exactly where she came from, but I have a feeling she made her first appearances right around the time I made the decision to pursue a career in contemporary dance. Here's another secret, dancers make peanuts. Really, they do and it's a shame. That's essentially the reason I decided to divert my attentions to my other passion, design, only a few years into my dance career. The writing was on the wall and I wasn't prepared to fight tooth and nail to eke out a place for myself in the dance world that could all come tumbling down if - heaven forbid, I ever got injured.

But I digress... the lesson at the end of this longish and slightly unfocused post is that investing in your business is a good thing, and packaging supplies (especially those in bulk) make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

image via Joey Harrison

4 comments:

  1. I just bought bulk mailing supplies as well! It was so frightening to invest that much for products that haven't sold yet. But I agree that there is something magical about being surrounded by mailers.

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  2. I'm exactly the same way. The ironic thing is, it's more frugal to buy in bulk. Meh.

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  3. where do you get your bulk packing supplies? i'm just about to open my etsy shop but don't know where to find nice, inexpensive packaging.

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  4. thanks! for your comment and the info.

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