Today is the second “rest day” of the Set up Shop e-course. We are two-thirds of the way through and I am enjoying the process of taking time each day to focus on an aspect of my new venture.

We have covered off a lot of topics including: branding, product descriptions, packaging, postage, pricing, photography, shop about page and policies, order systems, and financial records.

I have made a little progress every day, getting all the details sorted out. Some days of the course I have felt quite comfortable with, like setting up an organisation system for emails and financial recording – I was able to get these sections done quickly and without much thought. Other topics have taken multiple days, numerous drafts and much more thought.

Today I wrote a template for the product descriptions for the shop. I am also going to keep a separate file that contains a description of each colourway. I can then combine these two files to use when I list a yarn.

Another thing I tackled today was designing my ball bands. I have gone fairly basic, using my passioned flower image on the left hand side and incorporating all the details in the white space on the right. Not sure that this will be the final version, but I’m happy with what I have been able to come up with (you will have to wait for the shop launch to check them out).

I still have a lot of work to do – I need to re-work my policy page, finish my list of tags, properly research postage and packaging costs plus there is still several more lessons to go. I am loving every minute I spend on this and excited to see where it will take me.