Ok, so here’s the MASSIVE business decision that I finally made at the weekend.
It feels about as crazy as this cow light switch and is a decision that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now, ok, maybe a couple of years. This time rather than making a half hearted decision it’s time to face the fear and do it anyway. Time to take a leap of faith. Time to take action rather than just think about it.
Ready? (*deep breath)
After 16 years i’ve made the decision to stop making my decorative light switches.
Eeeeek!! Yeah i know right!? AHHHHHHHHHHH!!
It’s been sixteen whole years since i made my first light switch (in 2002). Sixteen years since i started selling them on a market stall in St Albans, fifteen years since i did two or three trade shows and sold them in shops and mail order catalogues across the country. Fourteen years since my first website, Eight years since Jeremy Clarkson showed one on his Top Gear Christmas Special, four years since one of the Spice Girls bought one! (i’m not saying which one ; )
In the last sixteen years i’ve made literally thousands, upon thousands of light switches and i Love them and believe in them as much now as when i started in my first workshop. I’ve had five different workshops since then and moved house three times, loved ones have died, children have joined the family, we got a dog and i’ve got married, there’s so many memories to look back on through my journey : )
But like all good things it must come to an end, the world has moved onto LED light switches now and things are not as straight forward as they once were. I have more ideas and plans then i could ever execute in this lifetime so it’s time to move on to something new.
It’s time to listen to my heart more than my head, time to take a seriously well earned break and time to go out in a blaze of glory rather than fade away. What am I going to do instead? (as I’m about to discontinue half the products on my website!?) I’m going to give myself some time to make all the things that I’ve REALLY wanted to make over the last couple of years. Those ideas that are piggy backing around on me all week and just won’t leave me alone, those ones that are shouting in my ear when it’s quiet ‘WHEN IS IT MY TURN!? WHEN WILL YOU MAKE ME!?’ The light switches have stopped talking, they seem happy to have had their time but i can no longer drown out the voices of all the others they just keep getting louder and louder and appearing again and again and i know they won’t stop until I start.
Am am worried? Scared? Anxious? Waking up in the night having nightmares about it? Yep, all of those things. BUT, i’m Also excited! There’s a part of me that’s REALLY EXCITED!! and in my heart i know it’s the right decision.
I’m making myself publicly accountable for now before i talk myself out of it again. I’ve put lots of light switches in the Sale so best get them whilst you can because when they’re gone they’re gone!