Proms are taking place–graduation ceremonies, too. The school year is near or at its end and those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are almost upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. Soon, we’ll be sleeping in, taking picnics and lying in our hammocks with a cold beverage at our sides.
I can hear you now. “Lazy? I don’t think so!” I know and I agree. Still, you must admit that it sounded good for awhile, didn’t it? Ever since I became an adult I wondered who was enjoying those lazy, hazy days, because it wasn’t me! Crazy yes; lazy and hazy, not so much. In fact, this time of year is probably second only to Christmas holiday season for many of us, especially if we are gearing up for or already selling at summer festivals. We’re more likely making product at a hectic pace than we are lying in a hammock. (Naturally, you will want to take some time to soak in the newest edition of the Saponifier, and read up on everything moisturizing!)
Even so, it’s exciting to get ready for the summer sales season (say that three times fast), whether you have a brick-and-mortar shop in a resort town, you sell at the many festivals taking place or you wholesale to stores. You have the opportunity to critique yourself this season, as well. Are you focusing on your business plan? Is your product line popular and pared to the best products? Is your display as attractive as it should be? Are you charging appropriately for your costs? If you find yourself perfectly on target, it’s time for a pat on the back and a nudge to keep on going. If not, watch for what you need to change and get your plan in place.
I don’t think I can give you any tips that will promise you that lazy summer, but if it’s going to be crazy, it might as well be a good and profitable crazy!
Welcome to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
Until next time, may your days be full of bubbles and wax.