April 23, 2011

A Few Words About Sticking Your Neck Out

"Behold the turtle, 
he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
Bruce Levin

Sometimes, I feel intimidated when I think of all the hats a small business owner has to wear; business manager, copy writer, product photographer, graphic artist, salesperson, customer service rep,soapmaker, packaging specialist, chief cook and bottle washer.... that it would be easy to just throw in the towel. Some of these duties are things I am not necessarily good at, and some are just plain out of my comfort zone (such as sales calls), but because I love all there is about handmade soap (and I believe in the quality of my product) I am motivated to "stick my neck out."

It's tough to put in all that effort only to be rejected by a potential wholesale account, but in the end how rewarding is it when after facing rejection you get that one wholesale account you've been doggedly pursuing?  The one you stuck your neck out for and tried because you had nothing to lose and so much to gain.


Jennifer Young said...

Sounds great. Congratulations. When God closes one window, he opens another? Hard Work pays off. Rejection is not easy for me either. Sounds like you are doing so well. I am so pleased. Can you show us a picture of your soaps in a shop? I absolutely adore your packaging... Happy Easter. xo Jen

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Actually Jen, I had someone turn me down yesterday, but I know that it's important for me to shake that off and carry on - to keep sticking my neck out!

The Soap Sister said...

Chin up old girl! I agree with Jen, God always has something good in mind for us. (check Rom. 8:28 for some encouragement, m'dear.....notice the "all things".) Besides you have to wonder about ANYONE's judgement who would reject your lovely soaps! I wouldn't trust that person as far as I could see 'em! -I'm just sayin'... xo Becky

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Hi Becky,always a cheery voice in the crowd - you and Jen should think about charging for your cheerleading efforts. I know how much I appreciate you both-so glad you're on my team. Thanks!