Did you see this?
If you’re too lazy to click (and by the way, I’m going to make more of a conscientious effort to code all links to open in a new window, although I’m in the habit of using a tabbed browser), No No Kitty is packing it in — no wholesale or retail yarns, just special requests and back to hobby-level production. The explanation: the business grew too large, too quickly.
Now, if an erstwhile hobby takes over your life and ceases to be a joy, that’s a good reason to scale back. But just in case you need this reminder for your own fledgling business: if you think you’re being overwhelmed and there aren’t enough hours in the day, yet you’re not ready to call it quits, hire somebody.
Don’t hire someone to take over the creative portion, obviously; but get someone to pitch in with the more mundane tasks, like packing orders and schlepping to the post office, rinsing newly-dyed skeins, stirring pots, stapling, taking pictures, updating websites, managing the books (if you’re not already using an accountant; besides, since you’re making or losing money in self-employment, your taxes got a little more complicated anyway). Hire a family member for minimum wage, and they become a useful business expense (your aforementioned accountant can advise you how to benefit the most from that sort of thing). Hire a local teenager, because practical experience in running a business is good for everyone. And they get to start contributing to their RRSPs (or 401Ks or whatever the heck you call them where you are).