11 years in the making January 13 2014
In the last post, I left off with purchase orders sent to my manufacturers back in November of 2011. I was looking at a 14-16 week lead-time for completion of my first order, which would put my delivery date near March of 2012. Although I had already filed federal and state papers to officially launch my business, there was an immense amount of prep required to take it to the next level of actually selling a product.
I opened a business checking account and applied for a business credit card. I prepped my website for ordering by adding a shopping cart to my site and finding a company to capture credit card information as well as a company to process that credit card information. I opened an account with Square so I could process credit cards on my phone for face-to-face orders. I set my business up online to collect Indiana sales tax. I ordered shipping supplies – bubble mailers, boxes, shipping labels, tape, etc. And I ordered storage shelves for my office so I had someplace to keep the shipping supplies and the inventory that I was *patiently* waiting on.
My 14-16 week projected lead-time turned into a reality of 6 months. I took every bit of that 6 months to get things in order so I would be ready to go the day inventory arrived. And I was. I received 500 units of The Quick Split on May 3, 2012 and sold my first units that same day.
What began as an idea 11 years earlier in 2001, I now had successfully brought to life as a patented, USA made product that was officially on the market.
One of my faves – "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."