7.23.2015

Ollie Marie - One Month Later.

Love this sign from Etsy.

I thought I would give a little background and updating on how OMB is going, I've had so many of you email me asking for advice on opening a shop. I am learning so much as I go, but I have A TON still to figure out, a lot of trial and error. We've definitely have had some growing pains the first few weeks, but all of my customers have been so amazing and understanding, I feel extremely blessed by all of you.


You know a few weeks before I opened I read a article on how a successful boutique started with $300 bucks and by 8 months had over a million in sales, sounds pretty amazing right? Debt free at that! Now maybe I'm doing it wrong, but that seems a little misleading, applying for an LLC ALONE is $300 bucks {and I had a lawyer do it for free for me}. You still need inventory, shipping supplies, a printer, and a computer if you don't have one. My situation was maybe a little different seeing how I already had a blog and exposure, but we invested close to 15k of our own money to get going. The majority of that went to inventory and if you follow my store, I sell out of things pretty quickly.

Painted Chevron's are from Cora and Plum

We run OMB out of our dining room, which is quickly becoming over run with clothing and we are thinking about what our next step is to be able to grow. A few months ago we decided to forgo buying a new house to open the boutique, we just didn't think financially we could handle both. Now the market is great for selling, but less so for buying and moving is out of the picture for a while. Plan B is to refinance and maybe add another structure to our land {we have an acre lot}, but need to look into costs for heating and AC. As of right now I have not paid myself from OMB, everything is turned around and put back into inventory. 


I knew that working a full time job and taking this on would be a lot, Oliver is my man, he has been working as hard as I do for OMB. I've had to hire a friend to come over a few times and help pack orders when he was gone, I'm also thankful for ALL of my friends who are so supportive. My Mom, my MIL, my sister, just everyone has been wonderful. I've totally had my melt down moments, mostly when I feel like I'm failing at something in my life - mothering, being a wife, cleaning the house, work, or being a boutique owner. I go to bed and tell myself tomorrow is a new day to get it right, waking up with a better attitude does wonders for my life. Don't let the stress of yesterday bleed into tomorrow.


The number one hurdle we've faced is a good shipping system, we had a DISASTER using Stamps.com software. Another boutique recommended a cloud based one that is serving us much better, I woke up this morning to this - perfectly packaged and ready to go - Oliver stayed up until 1am filling orders last night. My hero.


I don't have any plans to quit my job, it's too soon and I'm scared everything could fall apart tomorrow, good jobs are not easy to come by - I spent 6 months after college applying for everything under the sun and only got 2 interviews and landed the job I have now thankfully. We both contribute over 10% to our 401k's - no more free money matching when I work for myself and having a steady income that we depend on is scary to give up. 

Most days I feel like I'm just guessing at all of it, what should I buy? How much should I buy? Should I get more Fall stuff? How much should I put aside to spend at market?  I've had to dig deep and pull of my inner confidence, spending time second guessing my decisions does me no good.

I'm just going to keep my eye on the prize and work my tail off to get where I want to be, right now that's all I can do. Well, and a lot of prayer for guidance.

23 comments :

  1. You're doing great! Thank you for my Morning Glory dress, I love it!

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  2. You're doing great! Thank you for my Morning Glory dress, I love it!

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  3. Owning your own business is hard and extremely stressful. My husband has been self-employed for 5 years now and we still struggle with the same things you listed. I'll likely never leave my job due to health insurance and one steady paycheck...even if it's only monthly. Keep rockin' on! Love your blog and OMB!

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  4. Well, I for one think you are absolutely AMAZING!

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  5. You should get more dresses with lace ;-) Think of the lessons you are teaching your kids about hard work and dedication!! Not just with this shop, but with your jobs, your nutrition & exercise, house upkeep! You are raising future leaders!

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  6. Well, I for one think you are absolutely AMAZING!

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  7. I am so glad you wrote this post. I have wanted to read an update. Opening a boutique is in my 10 year plan and I feel like you are the most real resource! Keep up the good, hard work! You deserve the best.

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  8. I have always had a dream of opening up my own store and I fear that all it ever will be is a dream. I have some serious respect for you going out there and making this work all whilst being a mom and a wife and having a full time job and keeping up with your blog and work outs on top of it! You are like super woman! Such an inspiration!!

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  9. Your boutique is amazing!! I admire your hard work and determination and I love, love, love how it is a family effort!
    You keep selling, I will keep buying!

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    1. You might be my number one customer Erin!

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  10. Y'all are doing so well and your inventory really is for EVERYONE in all shapes and sizes unlike some other boutiques that say that. I cannot wait to see what you bring out for the Fall!
    And I know you are fully tasked as is and have no idea if you ever read a book BUT an amazing book for thinking in the present and not going ahead is The Power of Now. Unbelievable read that will change you from the inside out. :)

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  11. Well the site and inventory look amazing to me...I am not a clothes person at all but love to look at beautiful peeps like you and dream! lol. Love your home decor too by the way. You are truly an inspiration. Prayers for you and your continued success.

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  12. I think your doing a grand job! I love the boutique and buy from it often.... Maybe too often! Lol! It's inspiring to watch you make your dreams come true! It makes the rest of us try a little harder at our own dreams!!

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  13. I love your OMB. Prices are wonderful compared to other boutiques Im familiar with. I plan to buy more as I shrink sizes and fall/winter gets closer. Im rooting for you and a very successful business.

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  14. I love your OMB. Prices are wonderful compared to other boutiques Im familiar with. I plan to buy more as I shrink sizes and fall/winter gets closer. Im rooting for you and a very successful business.

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  15. I love your OMB. Prices are wonderful compared to other boutiques Im familiar with. I plan to buy more as I shrink sizes and fall/winter gets closer. Im rooting for you and a very successful business.

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  16. This is so inspirational. I've been making jewelry and started selling it local so it's really nice to see what opening a boutique is like on the inside. I'm sure it is so so scary but you seem to have an amazing support team and i'm willing to bet Ollie Marie is going to go places! I love the name, too!! Best Wishes and thank you for sharing.

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  17. I can't wait to start ordering from OMB after baby #4 is born in October!

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  18. Meg you are truly an inspiration in all aspects of life xoxo

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  20. I am so happy you've done well with OMB. I am super duper pregnant (36 weeks) but I will be checking in after baby arrives to see what my first purchase might be. I had to comment on how freaking cute the bald one is vacuuming :) I hope you continue to have great success!

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  21. I love when anyone (especially women) get outside their comfort zone and just go for it! You're doing great and will continue on that path as long as stay focused. It's awesome that Oliver and family/friends are happy to help, what a great support system. Congrats on the success of OMB.
    Becca
    www.lexiandlady.blogspot.com

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