Stress to the max!

I am sitting in my shop today eating cake, drinking coffee and reading Frankie. I look normal from the outside but deep down I am freaking out!

We are going to Brisbane Finders Keepers next week and unlike the other Finders Keepers we did before, this is the first time we do inter-state market. We dropped off our stocks at the freight company on Tue and I supposed to feel relieved after that. The truth is before I packed up, I worry we don’t have enough stock. After we packed up, I worry the freight company missed part of our stocks. Now sitting in the shop I worry the weather in Brisbane next week. I worry people won’t buy. I worry people won’t come. I worry about EVERYTHING!

I know I know. I am making myself crazy. But before you think I am insane please read about what I have to deal with this month.

The bamboo swaddle I ordered in Feb supposed to arrive at the beginning of June so I can bring them to Finders Keepers but in fact they haven’t even printed yet.

The bamboo dining set – the best seller in the shop, have been delayed after delayed and people on the other side of the world are not cooperative at all. I have been organising this since November last year and things are still not here. I am so upset.

I am freaking out not only because I know they sell well and I feel like missing out but also I am going to exhibit at the trade fair in August, even if they managed to finish everything by the end of this month, it still takes a month to ship here, and my trade fair is on the 2nd of August. I don’t think I can make it and that trade fair costs me $10k.

There are other things too like training new person to work at the shop, miscommunications between orders and delivery, never-end-to-do-list, emails, invoices, housework, walking the dog, losing weight, etc the list goes on… haha

I don’t even know who’s reading this but please don’t worry about me. This blog is my outlet, it’s my personal diary to share my tears and my joy. I feel much better now writing about my stress. Everyone deal with their stress differently, I am very lucky that writing helps me feel better. The world is fair. We all have 24 hours a day. We start new the next day.

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Happy 2018

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year with their family and friends!
We feel refreshed after our little break in Sydney and we’re ready for an exciting year ahead!

We are excited for 2018 as it is shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet! We are planning on making some changes to our product range which will see several new products and new designs.

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Something I am extremely passionate about is the environment and our impact on earth. As such changes are being made to our packaging so we are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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We’re planning to apply for more big markets and events nationally, like Finders Keepers, The Big Design Markets and One Fine Baby. It may sound crazy to talk about all these events at the beginning of the year, but honestly there are is so much involved when you’re exhibiting around the country. Money is the main thing however logistics, staff and other resources are also very important. We need to plan ahead!

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We will also be focusing on the wholesale side of the business, meeting with new retailers and building important relationships. We are wanting to get our products into retail stores around Australia and hopefully around the world.
If you know any retail stores that would like to carry our product range please feel free to forward my contact information onto them.

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A few years ago, before we moved to Melbourne, we showed at Life InStyle and Reed Gift Fair  . I can’t say it wasn’t a success however we didn’t receive many return orders. I put this down to the fact we hadn’t defined our brand. Our product choices were very limited also.
Since opening the shop at South Melbourne Market, I know exactly what business owners want and who my target market is. Now is the time to go back to the trade fairs and reintroduce Suki McMaster to other retailers. Now is the time to make this happen!

This is going to be an amazing year for us! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram.
I can’t wait to share more news with you in the future.

Suki x

Written in conjunction with Renee Harvie (@thehappyorganicgirlau)