Last month, the new website, http://www.michaelijifashion.com, was launched announcing the business in our new location – S. Durham.
We’re really hoping it picks up, since the area seems prime for alterations and tailoring. Specifically, the focus is on the custom-made shirts.
There’s been a small amount of business in the two months we’ve been here; a few alterations on suit jackets, shirts and pants. Now, we’re trying to put the spotlight on the custom-made shirts.
I have been working hard on this new website, trying to make it as stylish and professional as possible, but still with a friendly personality. If nothing else, it’s colorful!
Now, all we need is the business. Right now, we’re finishing up all efforts on a contest through Intuit for a small business grant. There have been so many worthwhile businesses across the country in need of support or advertising dollars or some machinery. We have a slim chance of being one of the 15 winners, but we were giving it a try.
We only heard about the contest a few days before it started; and because our is a home business, we didn’t have the kind of traffic coming to us as the established businesses in commercial property. We were calling on all our friends who visit the website to click on the link at the bottom of the home page and nominate us for the grant. It’s almost over and we don’t have the hundreds and hundreds of votes that some of the others got, but it was nice to see the support of our friends across the country and even in Europe: Norway, Italy and Ireland. Also, our friends serving in Nicaragua even supported us! How cool is that?!
Well, if anything, we hope our ‘campaign’ for votes (non-political, of course) will increase awareness of our business in the area and people will give us a try.
We hope to move it out of the house and into a commercial work space sometime early in the year… or maybe we’ll get a house next year and set it up in a home office or the basement. Who knows?
For now, we’re doing the best we can to keep one of us working and the other taking care of the kids. It’s been nice for me to get out of the house these last two months and get some sunshine. It has done wonders for my mental state! And the nearly hour-long drive to work has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the blessings in my life. I marveled at the expanse of my travel: California, Chicago, New York, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, (and so many states in between) Canada, Jamaica, Austria, Hungary, England and Italy. I have friends in China, S. Korea, Japan, Romania, Guam, Dominican Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy, Barbados, Nairobi, West Africa and most of the 50 U.S. states. We live in a spiritual paradise that those outside cannot even conceive. People are always talking about their bucket list of places and experiences they want to have before they die. Not only have I fulfilled those bucket list type of experiences and seen unfathomable sites in my travels, but I have gained a knowledge and hope that will keep me living a lot longer than others believe is humanly possible. But what did Jesus say?
(Matthew 19:26) . . .“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.. .
Loving so much everything that has been made possible in my life. I can’t imagine what’s in store for the real life!!