Had closed down my .com on 24th May 2018. If you ever received any emails from CherGis after the date stated, asking for payment or to click on any link, DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS. Delete that email away immediately.
If you want to see my ready-stocks, go to Qoo10.sg
Why you close your .com? Again? hahaha… 🙂
As you know, I am the only person running this small handmade business. I really do want to maintain my online store still, BUT, when your online store starts to have more visitors, “phishers” come too, they get your email from your contact page, from blog or FB page, then they will try to send you phishing emails, to try to trick you into clicking onto their phishing link by sending you “threats” emails, saying your email account will be closed if you don’t click onto this link etc. I HATE IT! I had already gotten? don’t know how many emails threatening to close down my email account from ? mail admin? -_- don’t know from who lah huh… Well, close it lah, I don’t need it anymore anyway… why the emails still keep coming in? Obviously, it’s fake. Thinking I am a mom, I know nothing to all these emails spam and phishing? 喂, 我有读书的hor…
Sometimes I get real emails from real people. BUT if their email contains links or attachments, I won’t click it at all. And I will delete it immediately assuming it as a spam email. Thus, I decided to change back to the marketplace. Safer, I think, as the marketplace will have a group of professionals to maintain their online security system to protect all their customers as well as sellers, and also they have their own method of communication between buyers and sellers. So, should be safer right?
My previous online store does have a strong security system too as it’s powered by Shopify BUT I personally still need to be careful too. I don’t want my customers’ personal information to be leaked out if I am not careful enough. SO, to be on the safe side, for me as well as for my customers, and also since, I won’t be producing products on a regular basis, I decided to close it. Save monthly subscription fees also lah >.<
Another thing is, marketing, to have visitors, you need to market your store, very aggressively, I can’t cos I am too shy … hahahahaha no lah, as a handmade seller, a one-man show, trying to produce a variety of ready-made products every month is not achievable. To me, I can’t. I set a target for myself to produce a certain amount of products. I tried, but seriously, I CAN’T! Ok, say behind my back lah say lah, lousy lah lazy lah blah blah blah *rolleyes*
How to market my store aggressively when I don’t have a lot of products? Who wants to keep seeing the same thing over and over again?
Nothing new = nothing interesting = no visitors
If I don’t market my store or products regularly, people will forget me. And there are so many other people doing the same thing as me. Mine is not so special after all. *disheartened after seeing other handmade sellers products as they are so good*
Conclusion, the lesson I learnt:-
– >To go far in a business, you can’t do everything yourself. You will need someone to help you. Be it in purchasing supplies, production, marketing, accounting, taxes, photography, maintaining the website, security issue and delivery. 一个人的力量是有限的。Example. If you are a person who cooks really good dishes, do you think you can manage a restaurant erhm..ok hawker stall, all by yourself alone? Think about it…
From my experience, my advice for others who intend to start their own handmade business in Singapore (maybe you will find my advice B**S****, well it’s just my personal view only no need to be so harsh on me ok?)
-> Don’t start young. Start at an age when you intend to retire with a significant amount of saving where all your children are grown up & finished with their studies. No worries mode. Why? In SG, the harsh truth, you need money to do many things. If you don’t have the $, you can’t buy a flat, and starting a family is not possible also. Unless you yourself already very rich or got yourself a super rich man lah, then, by all means, go ahead and start your business.
Me? I didn’t get myself a super-rich man, but a man who saves a lot for the family 🙂 Well, I cannot be the self-fish one right? He saves I spend meh? I still have many years to go before the retirement age in Singapore, 62. So, I got to work hard for him and myself also. I can probably start doing my sewing again after 62? Maybe not? Don’t know lah see how …
When I told my mom I decided to stop sewing full-time, she was happy, can see from her face. 🙂 Why? Because she used to do what I am doing now, 35 years ago, she knows how tough it is to sew for others and the “disturbance” from loved ones around you can stop you from finishing your work on time. To her, it is a 吃力不讨好的工作. She still prefers me to get a full-time job. ok loh…