Last night, we sold the first piece of furniture in what I hope will be a swift and painless moving sale. It was our little red teapot that sold for €5. It's interesting that with that first sale, it was like firing a starting pistol, and now we are in full-on Operation Canada Goose mode. (That's our moving to Montréal mission's code name.)
My brain is pretty firmly planted in the future and my lists of things to do are constantly running through my head. The future of English Muffin is a big part of those plans, as once in Montréal, Big Chuck and I have decided that I'll take some time to focus solely on EM and see if I can't make a real go of it. That's right, I'm taking the leap into full-time self-employment. I have a lot of stress about this, to be honest. I worry about money, about having the ability and the skill to run a real business, about the thing that as entrepreneurs we're not supposed to be afraid of, but I totally am: FAILURE. That said, it's an incredibly exciting opportunity and I'm so happy with where life has taken me. I never would have thought... any of it!
On the business side, there is so much to do to get English Muffin off the ground, and so many things I want to re-do as well. Our time in Vienna was a perfect testing ground, and now I'm confident that people are interested in my work, and that it might be time to *gasp* invest some real money in my company. To date, I've put in very little money, and basically (with the exception of my Animal Alphabet Posters) print everything as it is ordered. I think this was a good way to do things, especially in the beginning. It allowed me to jump in and start, and the risk to me financially was very minimal. However, this model doesn't allow for very much product expansion or development, and if I want to move my business forward, I believe that's where the future lay.
So over the next few weeks, I'm hoping to get a *gasp, again* business plan of sorts together to help guide me through the next few months and years. I have big plans for this little muffin, and as always will post my progress, successes and failures, right here on the blog.
How about you? Have any of you made a similar transition with your small business? I'd love to hear your thoughts.