The year started off so very promising for House of Rothach. We had the re-brand which all worked out great and everyone loved, exhibited at Scotland's Trade Fair, had a few 'gentle' markets to ease back into the swing of things and as well as delivering our first new wholesale order, we were geared up to stock in some lovely shops this year, arranged to exhibit at some enormous events, and was about to launch a new product............and now? Well, there really is not much of a now.
We are not a 'hobby' company (I use the collective 'we' for HOR, but it is just me). I rely on every bit of income from this business to help it grow and develop and also to help pay my bills. Thankfully I do have a small part time 'proper' job but is not enough on it's own so I really do not know how I am going to come out the other side of this awful situation.
You know what though?... I am going to damn well try!
I haven't worked this hard to just watch it all slip away, so I will be trying to promote House of Rothach online. I have offered free postage on everything and will be adding in some cheeky offers here and there. I won't have to spend the time and fuel travelling to venues over the coming months so will be able to pass on discounts to our customers!
Sadly, this post isn't as up-beat and positive as it would have been (pre Covid-19) but I just don't know what's going to happen with my wee business during these difficult and uncertain times, much like hundreds of other small business I know. Over the past few years, I have been luck to have met and become friends with lots of other traders who will be in the same boat as me but we are all so very supportive of each other so I know if anyone needs a 'virtual' ear to bend/hug, we wont be stuck!
We all need to keep safe, clean and healthy (physically & mentally), look after our friends / families / neighbours / each other / community, and most of all, stay focused and keep as positive as much as we can.
See you on the other side!
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light - Aristotle.