Monday, 18 May 2009

Closure

I have always avoided mentioning my small business on this blog because it was never intended to be a blog about work or my attempts at creating and marketing a product of which I am justifiably proud.

It has been a long and at times, difficult journey on this adventure and I learned the hard way that although I created a beautiful handmade natural rose cream which I adore; convincing the public that it is worth trying has never been easy. As they say in business, customers are won over one at a time.

After many difficult months of declining sales and a disasterous Christmas season, things were not looking good. Filing my annual tax return recently certainly convinced me of what I knew in my heart already: there is no future for my business venture.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my decision to close my business. I would have announced it on my business blog, but I closed this some months ago because it was becoming increasingly difficult to think of anything positive to write about.

I am having a going out of business sale and I do hope that some of you will consider trying my products. There is up to 70% off the regular price of skin care products and 50% off organic essential oils.

Note to my UK readers: shipping charges are very reasonable (about £4.50 to ship 2 products) and products arrive in about a week ~ so don't hesitate to take advantage of these incredible prices!

Protect Your Work

I had not planned a posting for today, but a blog comment piqued my curiosity and in an effort to discover how this person had found me; I logged into SiteMeter. I didn't find the person I was looking for, but I did find a link to Google Images.

Imagine my surprise to discover that my blog banner image is out there on the internet for anyone to use without my permission. I don't know why I am surprised really because it is not the first time that I have found that my work has been widely distributed over the internet and used without my permission ~ this still leaves me feeling violated though, especially as on the previous occasion; my work was stolen and credited to other authors. I may be a little niave, but having requested that my images are not used without my permission, I would like to think that this would be respected.

The message for today is to protect your work and watermark your photographs. I've replaced the image this morning ~ interestingly, it was one of the few photographs that appeared on my blog without watermarks. I'm seriously thinking about restricting the viewing of my blog to members only.