Thursday, January 7, 2010

Like the Swirling Snow Outside my Window...

It's how my thoughts have been this week.

I found out earlier this week that the owners of the quilt shop where I started working just a few short months ago have decided to sell the business. This news of course has sent my world a-spin on several levels.
  • My fun part-time job could soon not exist.
  • My fabric supplier could also soon not exist.
  • Emotionally I'm grieving for my friends as they work through this change in their lives.
  • And after some heart to heart with Scott about pursuing dreams, I am exploring what it would take for me to buy all or a portion of the business to continue to fill the needs of area crafters! (A possibility that both excites and scares the hell out of me.)
Currently I'm in information gathering mode. I'm making connections with area resources such as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development office. I'm scouring the Small Business Administration website for every nugget of information I can gather about what it REALLY takes to start a small business. I'm gathering info from friends and connections on how to approach this adventure not only with my excitement and vision, but enough caution and knowledge to better my chances of success should I find myself opening my own shop doors in the coming months.

I find myself moving through periods of extreme excitement and enthusiasm...often followed by periods of doubt and anxiety. It's all quite exhausting...and exhilarating. (AND...I'm possibly drinking a bit more coffee than normal as I work through it all.)

It's an adventure, that's for sure!

I'll try to keep you updated on how the process is going as it keeps going.

Jenn

4 comments:

Meli said...

Wow how very exciting (and slightly scary) for you! What a great way to start the new year.

Jody said...

If you would like to talk to someone who bought an already established specialty store in Grinnell in the past 2 years (yes- I mean me!) I am available. I will tell you the good, the bad and the ugly!

Marie-Jolie said...

What a fun prospect! I can't wait to hear what happens! :)

barbaramaarit said...

I was so sad to hear that Fiber Works would be closing. I'd love it if you'd buy it, but know how scary running a small business in Grinnell would be.

Add yarn back into the mix and I'd help you in any way possible, including perhaps investing in the business.