Friday, November 14, 2008

I thought I'd amuse you all with some shots of our ultra-fancy organizational systems. :) This is our brain - our calender for the year. This is where we mark all our events - classes, bus tours, farmer's markets,anything we have going on. We did without one of these for years, but I'm not sure how.

here is our ultra-organized (ha) inventory tracking system. A whiteboard, with a list of stuff we are getting low on. By "stuff", I mean raw materials such as tins, oils, butters, essential oils, etc.

And here are the "in process" wholesale orders. This one is a BIG one, which will go to Iowa city hopefully tomorrow.

And 2 small ones in progress.

In short - our systems are not fancy, but they WORK. See, if I wanted to run a bakery - I'd go work at a bakery, and learn the flow of it, then visit lots of bakeries to check out how they are set up and how they operate. We don't know anyone, in the area, who does what we do on our scale, so we had to make it all up from scratch, which is harder than you might think. We didn't know what kind of space we'd need, how to organize it, and how to anticipate our needs. So we guessed, and have learned to make do with what we have. I'll post some pictures of our work areas pretty soon so you can see what I mean.


Tina Sams said...

Oh man - those year at a glance calenders are life savers. We've used them since we went into business. Well... that isn't exactly true. We've used them ever since our first year when we scheduled 2 talks on the same night.

Caviglia said...

I see the order for my favorite store, Soap Opera! Yay! I'm not sure, but the phone number looks wrong. I think it's 319-354-1123.

girlwithasword said...

Okay, that is TOO funny that you noticed the phone number. And yes, the number is wrong - as I found out when I called them on Fri!! :)

Tina, I got the idea to use those calenders from YOU. :)