Happy New Year! As the first few days of 2020 come to a close, I cannot help but look back on what 2019 had to offer. It was definitely a year of ups and downs for me both professionally and personally. And the truth is, I started this blog post 3 weeks ago and 2020 did not get started the way I had planned. I apologize for the delay and lack of engagement. I am ready to get the year started off right!
In 2017, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to hire someone to work with me at Julie’s Beet. I made that happen in 2017 but in early 2019, it became clear that that relationship was ending. It was a wonderful having someone to bounce ideas off of and help out with the workload, but it just didn’t make sense anymore. We parted ways amicably and I started to look for someone new. It isn’t always easy to find the perfect person especially in a small business like mine. Thus, the search continues… On the flip side, working by myself has forced me to be more efficient in my actions and more purposeful as well. It has forced me to become more of a planner and less of a last minute person. I look at this as a positive. On a positive note for 2019, my family grew by one. We welcomed a healthy baby boy in August and he has become my partner in crime over the past 5 months. While he doesn’t have so much to say, he is a very good listener and is always there to lend a smile when needed. Pretty soon, he will also be able to taste the products and will become a much better helper!
Looking ahead to 2020, I have made some resolutions or goals for my business. I’m going to share them with you so you can hold me accountable.
- Update the IT system – While there’s not too much tech work at Julie’s Beet there is some. I need to give the whole ‘system’ an update starting with a new laptop computer, having something with more storage and power will allow me to be more efficient at task at hand. I also plan on updating parts of the website, making it more user friendly.
- Find the Right Help – I mentioned above that I have been working solo for most of the last year. In the past I created a position that combined many skills from customer service to marketing to packing and shipping. The truth is, it is pretty difficult to find someone who excels in all of the these areas. I plan to divide and conquer, which may mean hiring a marketing specialist in addition to someone to help out around the shop. At the end of the day finding the right person for the specific task is most important.
- Stay Fresh – I love all of the products in the marketplace(they wouldn’t be there if I didn’t) but I also feel it is important to keep the products relevant. If something is amazing but just isn’t what you all want, then it is time to find something else. I get it, just because I love something doesn’t mean you will too! My plan is to continue looking for new and innovative artisans that follow our goals and bring those artisans and their products to you!
And with this list I plan to go out and give my all in 2020!