From the archives. Post original written for a previous project of ours, Feel Good Giving Birth (2014)…
After taking a very nice and long vacation, I’m trilled to be back writing for Mom’s 2-Hour Workday! I will prepare another post about that special vacation, and the importance of some time-off, in a little while. But for now, let me catch you up on what the heck happened to Feel Good Giving Birth.
Where we Were
One of my previous posts explained in great detail the sourcing process of our 3-in-1 Childbirth Dress. I described the three potential manufacturers, the different terms of pay, sourcing, material, and methods of production. I discussed my experience with China, import fees, warehousing, and all that fun stuff. Hopefully, I gave you some insight before you decide to dive into that process.
We selected one manufacturer, and paid $60 for a sample dress made of hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton. A week or two after the order, the dress arrived. And then we knew everything would change. The dress was ripped in more than one place. It was disgustingly ugly. Completely unflattering, especially for a pregnant woman, and one giving birth. The buttons did not match. When I placed a make-belief baby on my stomach (read: pillow), you could see the “baby” sticking out. Everything came down in pieces. Our much-anticipated product was nowhere to be seen. I emailed the vendor, and of course they were ‘away doing business.’ I demanded a refund because this was totally not what we ordered, and they explained no can do. We pay. So instead of fighting that battle, which I would most certainly lose, my husband and I took a break. For a few days at least.
A Blessing in Disguise
We backed away from the project, and did a lot of thinking. A lot. Could this be a blessing in disguise? Our hope of creating this versatile 3-in-1 dress was not realized. But could it be for the best? Should we even spend (read: waste) our time producing something so expensive, with 0 guarantee that it would sell? This product would be very high-risk, because of it’s pricey material, and then warehousing in China. Not to mention the MOQ (minimum order) that we would need to pay for upfront. So could this be good news? Could this waste-of-material-dress be a good thing? Yes, it could. And it was.
I have mentioned in a few previous posts the option to dropship. In order to generate a low-maintenance income stream, you could do a number of things. You could produce information material, invent a product, pay someone for their invention, or dropship. Dropshipping is special because it is usually the most time- and energy-appropriate (retail) solution for families. Families who want to work little, and risk little.
Was our invented product a waste of time? No. It was not. It helped us develop the perspective we needed to realize manufacturing was not right for us. It was too time- and money-consuming. There was huge risk, and would require lots of time. LOTS. Manufacturing (at least of apparel) didn’t work for us. So, I started googling (the process of entering search terms into Google search engine).
I found a few different dropshippers of maternity and breastfeeding clothing. And I found two that I really liked. One was cheap, so I liked the potential margin. The other was special because it was Polish, and very unique. This brand makes its high-quality clothing in Europe, and dropships around the world. So I set up shop, www.FeelGoodGivingBirth.com, and started dropshipping. No inventory. No risk. Nothing to lose.
Stay tuned for our next post, where I will go further into detail about this dropshipping venture.