So, to drive to the Farm Store from the local towns, Bonnyville, St. Paul or Elk Point, is just too far. Since organic living is not a popular topic here either, there is little lure to come and purchase clean healthy body products. Soap can be bought at the farmer's market, but even that is not well attended. People go for baking and produce and skirt the rest of the offerings. Home parties and pyramid marketing further complicates the problem and a great deal of misinformation is circulating in this area, some of it even dangerous.
The Farm Store would be a success if it was near Calgary, Nelson of Vencouver. There the people value organic living and hand made items. My daughter in law from Calgary said if I was closer to Calgary, she knows people would come and buy my things. But I am not.
So, again, I need to find a way to sell what I like to do HERE. If that means online sales, then I will give it a try. I do not like the shipping part of online and the record keeping. I understand with Paypal an invoice can be created and payment recieved is recorded so the record keeping is easy. That might be the way to go, but Paypal takes a hefty premium for their service. And I still have to package and post the items.
I am going to work on that. Uniformity has never been my style. Making soap is great and I have done it for years without concern that each recipe is identical to the previous of that type of soap and that each bar is the same as every other in colour size and weight. For me that is more difficult, so I will continue to market the soap by weight in chunks. Lush, the famous bath and body shop, does that. They do not sell natural or organic anymore, but when they did, they made the soap in their stores and broke it into random pieces which were weighed for sale. That sounds good to me.
The "other' goods in the farm store can be sold online too. It is a matter of taking excellent photographs of the merchandise then knowing how to package and ship it. Yuk. The photographs I can do, but I need a camera. I have been researching camerals and am leaning to the Nikon 3300 for ease of use. It will do what I need it to do. I have done some professional photography, but that was long ago. I need to be able to sell the majority of what I own over the next 4 or 5 years and since I cannot seem to entice the locals here, I will have to sell online. Even on the local Facebook buy and sell and auction sites, the people want the items delivered to their town. They simply do not want to drive the 5-20 minutes. That is how it is. Like it or not, that is how it is. So, the task of creating an online store is about to begin.
Are you online with me?