A sincere thank you goes out to everyone who has supported me for the past 10 months, and an extra thank you for following me to the website! I know that this is a huge change from Facebook sales, however it was a necessary for a few reasons...which I shall now explain:)
1. Invoicing takes time, it probably doesn't seem like a lot, but when I don't have an email, or people change their minds (which is fine with me), it becomes time consuming. The website will allow customers to make their purchases, without having to wait for an invoice and free up time that I can use to source inventory, or get packages ready to ship.
2. Facebook albums are not easy to find or navigate for sooooo many people. I'd say 15%-20% of shoppers probably don't even know that inventory is posted in Albums. Photos that get bumped to the main FB page don't contain all of the information that is described in the album, and therefore I spend 1-3 hours/day answering questions that wouldn't be necessary if customers could see the product and all of the information in one spot, such as available sizes, prices, and colors. This is what makes the website awesome!
3. Tracking inventory. Not an option with Facebook Album Sales...and probably the most important element of retail.
4. Sourcing inventory, calling wholesale distributors, packaging, advertising, and book keeping, getting inventory sized, photographed and price tagged takes up the majority of my time. Once I become more established, I hope to be able to hire someone to help me out, but until that happens, it is just me:) Continuing with the FB albums would mean I'd be working 10-12 hour days 6 days a week, as well as being a stay at home mom to three young boys, and that isn't fair to anyone.
With that said, the website will take some getting used to but I think everyone will really enjoy it in the long run. I will be able to send out email to people who subscribe, which will give you a heads up on upcoming sales, pop-ups, open shopping times, and events that I will be participating in. Coupons and Sales....yes please! I've also taken steps to ensure that your information is secure and encrypted with SSL certification...
I'd be happy to get feedback, and am open to suggestions! The Facebook group will still be active for questions, live sales, Outfits of the Day, and silliness so please stay tuned:)