Other than a few bits of calm while I watch the Olympics, it has been crazy busy around here and I have been running in circles as usual. The other day I was thinking about how busy things have been, despite having my awesome babysitter here 20 hours a week to help me with Lachlan and with packaging things. And then my mother-in-law and two nieces were here for a bit and helped out, and now my mom is here and working at a feverish pace to help me. But I'm still super busy with Paper and Present and I feel like not only am I not getting ahead, I am slipping further behind, especially with my plans for my other shops.
So the other day I looked at the shop stats in Etsy for Paper and Present. It's a fairly new feature that lets you look at your orders, revenue, shop views, etc. over specific periods of time. When I looked at the number of orders for this year alone, I almost fell off my chair. This one simple chart explains everything:
From January through April I was holding steady at about 100 orders per month. Most of them were on the small side, just a few items. In May, it went to 173 orders, and I started getting orders with many items. In June it went to 214 orders, and in July I hit a record of 290 orders! And I am already working at a pace this month that will make August even busier. In fact, I just got an order from one woman in London who ordered an overwhelming 63 items!
I have had some level of anxiety over how I will manage this pace mostly by myself once my babysitter starts school again on August 20. And when I think about what will happen in October and November with the holiday rush, I want to curl up in the fetal position in a dark room! So I continue to work as fast as I can to pre-package as much stuff for Christmas as possible and just take one order at at time. And as I work I think in the back of my brain about what to do next, and whether I need to hire an official assistant.
As I work through all of this, I will probably be here a bit less often than usual, which I realize hasn't been very often lately... But if you can hang in here with me for a bit, and check in on occasion to say hi, it would make my day! And when it comes time for the holidays, I promise it will be worth your time to stop in and see what's going on around here. :)