As you know if you are a frequent reader of my blog, I recently set up a small business called Closet Geek – sewing kids clothes, making cosplay outfits, putting together jewellery, hair bows, pencil cases etc. I’m so pleased with how it’s been going too and in the last 3 weeks I had a total of 56 orders, 35 of which were girls dresses. Though it was crazy busy at times, I got through it and it’s all calmed down now. I’m currently planning what I might do for Christmas promotions and so forth. However during the crazy times it did get me to thinking how it might be to be so busy I might have to take on employees. Luckily for me, my daughter Megan and my mum pitched in at times over the last few weeks, but if this small business ever really got off the ground, would I have to consider taking on staff?
I read an article on Small Biz Viewpoints that contained a survey conducted by Data-Label. The article itself is about how to stop stealing in the work place but the survey showed that 20% of people asked (nearly 400 out of the 1,986), admitted that they had stolen from work.
Now admittedly the odd pen here and there won’t kill a business but it does all add up. For Closet Geek I hold stock of fabrics, ribbons, thread, hair clips, necklaces etc etc. and there is no real way to keep track of it all. Again, while the odd thing here and there wouldn’t make much of a difference, if someone took a few metres of £10 fabric, it would soon start to dent my profits!
The article shows that while some people did it because they didn’t think it would really matter or be noticed, some people actually did it as a sort of revenge on the company. That’s really all you need when a disgruntled employee decides they are going to steal half your stock, just because they think you don’t treat them well or don’t pay them enough etc.
Obviously at this starting stage in my business I am a long way off getting any employees. And even if and when I do, my first port of call would probably be to see if I could find someone I know to join me. However reading an article like this and the results from the survey, it would definitely make me think carefully about whether or not to take someone else on, or whether to continue sewing to midnight every day!