Sooooo, it’s been about 2 months since Why A Taxi first became an actual legit plan. It was slow to start, but over the past 2 weeks I seem to have made some serious progress on the getting-stuff-sorted front.

I’ve set up a page on Etsy and done some research into similar products as the ones I hope to sell, comparing prices and quality and so on. I’ve been shopping around for fabrics and other supplies and looked into the possibility of buying wholesale. Plenty of the places I got in contact with shunned me right off the bat, because I wasn’t VAT registered, and so didn’t take me seriously. I also contacted shops about deals in bulk buying, but they were rude and pretty much looked me up and down when I asked as if to say ‘Yeah, like we’d take YOU seriously’.

I finally checked out Woollen Mills in Dublin and sent an email enquiring about VAT registration and whether it was a requirement for buying wholesale and all that jazz and this one called Valerie Roche, as in the Roches that own the place, sent back a really nice email saying that she understood that a lot of new businesses are not VAT registered for the first year or so, and that some online shops don’t need to register at all, because they are so small. She gave me her number and said I should call to set up a meeting in their warehouse, so that we can discuss whether it’s viable for me to buy wholesale and talk about pricing.

This was the best news I’d gotten in a week. I immediately told Jemma, of course, then panicked a bit about the meeting. I knew that if I didn’t look like I was a legit customer then she’d treat me like the rest of the people I’d talked to before. So I’ll have to put on my grown-up clothes and look all professional with an organiser and lists and samples and all that jazz. Jem is obvs coming along cos I would probably have a panic attack and leg it if she didn’t. I really hope that I can pull it off and make a good impression cos wholesale would save me a FORTUNE, meaning that I can sell products cheaper, but still make an amazing profit.

Soooo, I’m in the process of getting my shit together and getting my head in the right place to actually make important decisions. I have my little workshop half set-up in the top floor of my garage, I’m heading to the Woollen Mills shop in Dublin this week to get samples and such, and I’m making some more samples of products that will be up for sale. So, at this rate, I should be up and running by the start of January, taking orders and shipping out.

Just need to get onto the bank about a credit card, and sort out my social welfare payments and I’ll be all set. Getting my sleeping pattern back in order too, setting myself a schedule for work, and actually putting some order to my life. It’s a well-overdue overhaul, so I’m really gonna stick to it. There shall be more updates soon.