Here's Sally's latest blog post. Doesn't this hit home. Supporting a local business has more sides to it than one would see.
Thank you Sally for shedding light on this very important situation!!
saving the world, one yarn shop at a time
We all find ourselves making decisions these days--for financial and
ethical reasons. Whether food or shoes, we are thinking differently
about what we buy, how much we buy, and where we buy it.
So, with this in mind, I'd like to share a sad story with you.
I was recently in a wonderful yarn shop (doesn't matter where). I spoke
to the owner about what fabulous yarn she had, and she shared with me a
not unfamiliar story . . . that there are a significant number of
customers who enter, fondle, leave, and buy the same yarn elsewhere--for
a few dollars less.
So these were not people who had to buy online (those poor souls who do not live near yarn shop): these were people who
wanted access to the yarn shop so they could check out the yarn but
chose to buy it online for a reduced price.
I understand stretching dollars when times are tough. But we need
to think long and hard about how we are doing this. Are we doing so in
such a way that we undermine and threaten the viability of a much-needed
When we buy from a local yarn shop, we are supporting one of our community's entrepreneurs. And everyone tells us that the solution to economic growth is small business. These shops are essential to the well-being of our communities.
In addition, I will share with you some thoughts from The Watchman's Rattle. This is a book that lists the beliefs that hold us back from solving our problems. One of these beliefs is extreme business practices, which she defines as
the need for profit
the need for speed and efficiency.
So, to solve our problems and to save civilization as we know it, we
need to reject the need for profit and reject the need for speed.
Neither of these motives will help us solve the huge issues that keep us
awake at night.
Well . . . knitters are role models for this behavior! Given how expensive knitting is, nothing we do can be done for the profit motive! Given how labour-intensive knitting is, nothing we do can be done for expediency! We should be rewarded for our rejection of business practices that don't serve the world!
(I would also guess that anyone who reads a blog about knitting is a role model for this behavior, so I am likely preaching to the choir??)
In addition, we could probably agree that pretty-much everything of value executed by human beings (art, family time, music, solutions to climate change, architecture, volunteer work) is, or will be, done without profit or efficiency as motivating factors.
So, back to the LYS. We absolutely must reject the need to go
elsewhere to save a few dollars!!! The profit motive that drives us to
do so might not be good role-modelling and does not serve us, our craft,
our communities, our civilization.
Again, those ethical considerations we bring to bear on everything else we buy should be turned to knitting. Buy less? But buy local!
Grey Heron yarn shop joke: Have you heard the joke about the so called "Christian" women who used to frequent a yarn shopand left to order on-line - tempted by the wolf in sheep's clothing!!
Knitters are an easy group to please ... We have tried to make shopping for Mother's day an easy job here... Beautiful kits for sock knitters, lace shawl knitters, hand crafted yarn bowl with gadgets, great books and of course - walls of yummy yarns... So, stop in this week and pick out something wonderful for your Mom
What Is collaboration And How Will It Help Me?
Collaboration is a working practice whereby individuals work together
to a common purpose to achieve business benefit. It is the ability to
work together as a team and support each other to have a stronger chance
to improve business performance and outcomes.
Collaboration is the key to Empower your
business and take it to the next level. Collaborating with other
business women with similar target audiences to you will help boost
sales, website traffic and your reputation, but in order to ensure
collaboration success you will need to follow these basic rules and
According to research and best practices, the combination of several
factors may help steer collaboration to achieve business results, Empowerment - Empowerment is the attitude needed to
unite together in a direction and vision for your joint campaign. In
order to achieve the best results all parties involved must agree and
share the same excitement and commitment to achieve a powerful positive
vibe. Culture - The collaborative culture of a
business stems from its’ shared beliefs, values, and business practices.
Collaboration is about creating value. You can also choose to
collaborate with another business to improve your value, for example if
your business was a hair dressing salon and you had no experience with
writing for your blog, you could collaborate with a business that shares
your target audience and exchange services for blog entries and share
each others audience to achieve more value for both of the parties
involved. Technology - Social intelligence these days is a
major factor which helps everyone stay on top of the collaboration
success and improve the effectiveness of your campaign with
ease.Platforms like Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and many more
are helping businesses share and keep track of how collaboration
campaigns perform and play out. Reports are showing cost efficiencies,
speed to market, and greater pool of ideas and innovation through
collaboration, which are passed on to the customer through cost savings
and better products.
Don’t overlook the many features of collaboration tools. Like the
endless conversations online, microblogging, commenting, and @mentions
(similar to Twitter) gives everyone a chance to be responsive to new
relationships and share what they know.
It’s interesting to hear stories like this about how emerging
companies are still actively engaged in marketing but they’re saving
costs. Instead they are looking for innovative ways to collaborate with
partners and the community. I believe strongly in collaboration and find
that once an agreement is made & all parties are committed to get
results then it is highly effective.
Work together and build lasting relationships, once you have joined our network you can collaborate as many times as you like.
Have fun!! as read in talkingmumsmagazine.com
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