Changes Coming to KYBI
Heyo! Long time no talk!
I'm a little sad its been over two months since I last posted a blog, but it's a new year, and that means new goals for KYBI. One of those goals is to post a blog every other week, which I think is completely doable (but we'll see!)
This blog isn't exactly a fun one, but it's a necessary one. I've made the necessary decision to change the way which apparel orders get fulfilled. This decision was a hard one to make, but I have a valid reason: it was affecting my health.
For those of you who don't know, I have carpal tunnel. I developed it late into my high school career after years of incessant writing, typing, and keyboard playing. Of course, working a job where folding clothes is the main activity didn't help that. It's in a mild state (for now) so it doesn't require any drastic measures – I just have to wear wrist braces to bed and try not to overwork my wrists.
Cue November. I was overworking my wrists. Yikes.
I won't go into too much detail about the process, but making shirts and sweaters by myself has two steps.
- Removing the "negative space" from a design using a special tool which requires lots of wrist motion and
- Applying lots of pressure onto a heat press to make sure the design adheres properly to the garment.
When I was fulfilling 30+ orders a day, these two things combined into some very exhausted wrists. And then my carpal tunnel flared up in a way I'd never felt it before. It hurt. I cried a lot.
I researched lots of options, and ultimately, I decided the best thing I can do for my biz and for myself is outsource the t-shirt making process.
So what does this mean?
I'm glad you asked. Honestly – not much, except for the fact that t-shirts and sweaters will now ship separately from anything else ordered on the website. (Eventually, I'll switch over to having them printed professionally while I ship them myself, but that's not feasible for the biz right now. This is a happy middle ground.)
Also, this benefits YOU!
By outsourcing my apparel printing, I will be able to offer more colors to you guys!
Not only that, but the printing will done professionally, meaning it will be a quality better than anything I'd be able to do on my own. Whoop whoop!
And if that's not enough, it will also give me more time for other things, meaning more time for new designs and new services.
So basically, everybody (including my now-recovered wrists) wins.
P.S. If you have ANY questions about this change, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.