As the end of the financial year here in Australia draws to a close, I thought it would be prudent to give everyone an update as to how it’s all going with our small business venture, Little Green Workshops.
Whilst I’m not going to divulge financials, I will let you in on some of the highlights.
During the year we held 22 workshops, mostly on weekends, which included classes in basic cheese making, beginners and advanced cold process soap making, soy candle making, blogging for beginners, and a cheese presentation. That’s a total of just over 200 students who have walked away with a new simple living skill under their belt and a smile on their face. It’s a skill that they can repeat over and over again for the rest of their lives. Now that makes Kim and I very proud.
Also, since the online store opened in November, we have processed just over 180 orders containing 378 items, to people all across this wide brown land. Some have been as close as our home town of Melton, and as distant as Darwin in the Northern Territory and Mt Tom Price in Western Australia! That’s almost the same distance as from London to Moscow.
During the year the most popular online items by far have been the External Cheese Fridge Thermostat, the Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Kit, and the Basic Soap Making Kit 1kg.
All this has certainly kept Kim and I very busy over the last 12 months, but in the best possible way. The business has kept us focused and driven towards proving to ourselves (and others) that a small business can be sustainable most of the time, and that you don’t need to make a lot of waste in the process.
Personally, during all this fun, I’ve managed to keep this blog flowing, as well as a weekly podcast episode, all the while maintaining my home cheese making blog, Little Green Cheese, and the Little Green Workshops blog as well! Oh, and not to mention a full-time job.
Thankfully, we scheduled in a few free weekends to potter around the garden and generally relax as well.
So to celebrate in style and with gratitude, we are offering all our Australian readers a 10% store wide discount for the next four days!
Just pop over to www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au, browse the store, then please use the coupon code greening in the cart or at the checkout to get the discount applied to your entire order (excludes shipping). We will then pack and dispatch your order within 24 hours via Australia post (normal shipping times apply).
The discount offer expires at midnight on the 30th June 2015.
Finally, we would just like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have supported us during our first year of business. Without your enthusiasm and thirst for a more sustainable lifestyle, we would have folded in the first few months.
Thank you, one and all. Here’s to many more years running our simple living business!