Diary of a #Mompreneur, Days 9, 10, and 11!

Date: August 11, 2018

YTD 2018 Product Sold: $1261.50

Finished Inventory Currently on Hand: $13,200

Whoa!  I went MIA there for a few days, sorry about that.  I have been running around a bit like a chicken with its head cut off scrambling to get everything done for the pop-up shop at West Elm in Des Moines, that starts today!  So, I have received questions from a number of friends and family on what a Pop-up shop is.  Thought maybe I could explain it here, because if they are asking, I’m sure there are plenty of others who do not know what it is.

Okay, so according to bigcommerce.com a Pop-up shop is a temporary storefront space (in this case West Elm is providing the space) operated by an online merchant (that’s me).  The definition continues, these short-term retail environments enable customers to experience products firsthand.  Ecommerce merchants (me again) often use pop-up shops to reach new customers and test out a physical retail environment.

Alright, now that we have a clear definition of what I’m doing this weekend, let me breakdown what I was able to get completed this month:

2 serving trays, one orange and one green

8 sets of coasters, all various types of wood and dyed various colors using multiple methods

2 pieces of wood and resin wall art

4 wine and appetizer trays, 2 left natural and 2 dyed

16 glow-in-the-dark necklaces

Not too shabby for just a month, and only working part-time! Now I’m off to get ready for the day and have my first experience with a pop-up shop.  Wish me luck!

Oh, and thank you, thank you, thank you to my wife and kiddos who have put up with me spending many hours, especially over this last week, in the garage and at night trying to finish things up.  I missed out on some quality family time.  I will be making it up to you though!

Biggest wins for the day: Going after a new opportunity and experience with gusto.

Opportunities for improvement: To remember to take stock of all that I have accomplished and not focus on what was left on the to-do list.

Katie FreemanComment