The best advise we were ever given: hire out the jobs you can't do well to make your business grow.
When Mommy Mailbox first started, we were storing pallets of boxes and months worth of items in Sarah's garage. It would literally take Jamie and Sarah (and their amazing husbands!!) three full nights to pack boxes and get them ready to ship to subscribers. We quickly learned that we were spending too much of our time and energy on one very important, yet very time consuming part of our business-- packing monthly boxes.
In only our fourth month of business, we made the decision to hire a fulfillment center. One of our fellow vendors gave us a referral and after much due diligence, we signed on. Letting go of the actual packing was so hard -- it felt like we were giving up control of such an important part of our business! But as we worked together with our fulfillment center, our trust in each other grew, and today we consider them one of our most important partners!
We are so appreciative of all of the hard work that the team at our fulfillment center does for Mommy Mailbox and for the care and attention they give as they pack our boxes and prepare them for shipping to our subscribers each month.
The time that we as owners of Mommy Mailbox are able to save from packing the boxes ourselves has allowed us to invest in our business and see it grow in ways we never expected!