‘Shine On!

Moonshine with label & moon

Moonshine is here and I’m ready to try it out in a batch but want all those ducks in a row first, though, being a bit tipsy, they may wander off, stagger around, get lost or fall asleep somewhere before I can knock this one out.  I need just the right fragrance, just the right colours for this one.  I’ve waited about a year to get a moonshine soap made but if just the right fragrance and colours aren’t there, it isn’t good enough.  I already know the colours for it, though in what predominance is yet to be determined.  That may have to wait until the fragrance is chosen.  If it discolours, that will factor heavily into the colour choices and design.  I’d love to hear from you on this one.  What fragrance would be the perfect one for this potent brew in a bar soap?  Visit me at Neecy’s Facebook page to post your suggestion, in Twitter here or in Instagram here.

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Stripe vs Square

Last summer I had to change out my online payment gateway from Stripe after they deemed it unacceptable to sell products made with what they felt were controversial ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid which is in many of those high-priced face creams found in Nordtroms and others of their ilk. Why Stripe felt they knew more than we do about ingredients we use or don’t use in our products is something I’ll never quite grasp fully yet there it was as a new reality for online sales and card reader purchases at face-to-face events.

As a bath & body products crafter, I’ve done my homework, determined the truths from the myths, weighed the benefits of use against the negatives and always err on the side of caution, yet that final decision was taken from me as the business owner by a financial gateway provider?  I. Don’t. Think. So.

I checked out others, tried one and it didn’t work well for me so I tested out Square, a very popular option for other crafters in our industry.  They did not try to tell me what I may or may not sell.  They simply do their job and allow me to do mine.  I respect that.  Immensely!

With Square I’ve gotten so much more than just a payment gateway.  I’ve gotten a financial advisor and informative guide to what’s working as opposed to what isn’t.  As of this morning’s report I now know so much more about my business since sales going through Square than I ever did in years prior to the switch.

The Year-End report for 2017 includes all of the following

  • Sales by month
  • Best day for sales in the week
  • Total net sales for the year
  • Total transactions for the year
  • Sales by the month
  • Best month, their average, the improvement on the average based on the best sales month
  • Average daily sales
  • Average transactions per day & time of day
  • Record sales with date and amount
  • Best selling Items
  • My top customer in visits & sales

That last one give you a clear reason to offer loyalty points or bonuses of some sort when they return often buying certain items repeatedly.  There’s always a good reason to apply those patterns to your business to make that customer come back and tell their friends about you, too.  Word of mouth is a powerful advertising tool that’s completely in the hands of the customer so make that customer happy and keep them there!

If you’re not already there, here’s the link to Square so you can get the informed payment gateway choice.

Keeping it going

After the busy-ness of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with the expiration of the sale coupon deadline looming as a Facebook notification reminded me, it hit me that many shoppers are still struggling to finish off their shopping lists, still searching high and low for bargains since the Black Friday weekend was over and stocks were. depleted completely in many places.  Where would these good people go for savings on quality hand crafted bath & body goods and find a great bargain as well?

I’ve often stated in my hashtags “I ❤ My Customers” or in the text lines of a post, tweet or Instagram message and it’s true.  My customers satisfaction means the world to me.  I love to make people smile, to make them happy, give them their money’s worth.  They know it through customer service how much I truly care regardless of the issue they’re having, good or bad.  I try to make a positive difference in their day because they deserve it when things are throwing challenges their way.  They know I care and with that sentiment, I decided to extend the sale coupon to December 20th.

Through December 20th at 11:59 pm the coupon code SHOPSMALL2017 will continue to give you 25% off your entire order throughout our online store.  This is the ONLY location for our products at this time so you won’t find us in your nearby favorite brick & mortar haunts.  We’re only to be found at https://www.neecysnecessities.com though we can be seen in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ & YouTube.  Click our links below to follow us or subscribe to the channel and Facebook Group.

Neecy’s Necessities in Facebook (My biz page)

Neecy’s Facebook Group. (My Group Page)

Neecy’s Instagram. (business Instagram page)

Neecy’s Twitter

YouTube channel under our business name

Our newest channel in YouTube

YouTube channel 3

Neecy’s web site

 

Crazy Sales Days (Daze?)

Others in our industry are also having banner sales receipts and they are to be congratulated for their successes.  In my own small way I’m having a good year as well.  Sales so far have cleared the shelves of 4 fragrances, two of which are best sellers, the other two are special limited edition items that are still debatable as repeaters.  They’re nice, yes, but are they outstanding?  Jury’s still out on that one.

I’m happy with the sales so far so I’m not going to look any gift horses in their mouths.  It could be far slower than it is and for the business I’ve gotten so far, I’m eternally grateful.  I just hope that I can say the same thing next year.  We all think this way during this time of year when we’re rushed off our feet.  I find myself wishing I was busier than I currently am, but then I stop and remember that it could be as silent as a tomb so I back it up and send a moment of gratitude to all who’ve made my business their destination for their bath & body supplies.

So with much gratitude and many wishes for a safe, healthy & prosperous holiday for all who shop with my online store, Neecy’s Necessities, I thank you with all my heart.  You’ve made my life meaningful, productive, creative and beautiful.  Happy holidays from my family to yours!

(PSSST – our sale ends Monday night at 11:59 pm, so stock up while there’s still time!) 

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Shopping Small keeps you home from the Mall

ShopSmallSaturday

 

After all of the visuals I’ve seen this morning from stores opening LAST NIGHT for Black Friday one-upmanship, I’m more than happy to stay home, curl up on the sofa and shop from home online.  It’s a zoo out there, folks!  No doubt about it.  Shootings, fights, thrown shoes.  Really?  Is any sale that important?

In a blatant and unapologetic self promotional post, I offer a safer option from the madding crowds.  Polish off your shopping list with us and we even offer to wrap it all up for you, too, complete with personalized tags and ship it to them if you choose to do that instead of having it shipped to you. Here’s our link  to keep it easy for you-

Neecy’s Necessities

It’s in our genes

Genetics is a quirky sort of thing.  We love it…and we hate it.  We cannot avoid it.  We can’t be inoculated against the things that are passed down through them, we are often pretty miserable living with them, and yet they do have some redeeming features. All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with my genetic makeup.  Even to the point that I live with my allergies and was ecstatic to read how much Irish I had in my DNA.  No trying to desensitize or hide away that report from 23andMe.  I love my heritage.

Well.  let me amend that statement that “I’m pretty satisfied” statement.  I’m pretty satisfied – for the most part – with what I’ve inherited from my ancestors with one exception.  The migraines I progressed into from neuralgia in childhood.  The pediatrician warned my mother, based on her own experiences with the problem, that those blinding pains I’d feel in one area of my head which could occur at any given time and be in any place around my head would eventually lead to migraines. That prediction bore out over the years.  The one thing she didn’t warn us about was that the neuralgia could recur along with the migraines.  That’s really a bit too much sometimes to have them both at the same time.

Sinus problems from allergies or weather related (high barometric pressure) have been increasingly bad this year though not entirely sure why this year more so than others.  The one thing that works sometimes is Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain with an Excedrin Migraine.  Those two will work about 75% of the time. For those other times, it’s a matter of sleeping it off or just being very still in a dimly lit room with no noise.  It’s miserable for at least one full day though there have been some really doozies that ran for 3 days straight.  Others fade at night then return like a bad relative the next day. Yet again, it can be the reverse of this.  I’ve wondered if it might be worth it to be scanned but not sure I could handle the results.  There are so many health issues cropping up now I don’t like to ponder too deeply what the next year will bring.  There are many health issues that several of the five sisters in my generation have inherited that are medication controlled now, which really scares me.  The one sister most like me in health issues has not found anything in any scans to indicate there’s anything other than just migraines that will occur at times and it’s a ‘deal with it’ type of thing most of the time with behavioral changes and as a last resort, medication.

I have Imitrex in generic form (insert long multi-syllabic name here) but frankly the side effects are terrifying so I’ve never felt any headache was bad enough to resort to it.  But I know it’s there.  If ever a day comes that I cannot stand to move, talk, breathe, I know it’s there.

Ah, genetics.  You just can’t fight them, can you.  Still I love my DNA. It makes me me and sets me apart from everyone else in so many ways.  I’m similar but not exactly like my siblings because we’re only one fourth similar in our genetic makeup.  I’m only half of my mother, half of my father.  But I’m all me.  100%.  That 100% is content with my creative life, the kids I’ve raised, the Little’s they’ve gifted me with to be their grandmother and call me Neecy.  Life is good because genetics made it so.