Well, I feel like I am in confession ‘its been 2 months since my last post and in that time….’ it has been too long, but unfortunately progress has been slow due to a number of factors. But, thankfully we are there now, made our final payment last week and we are waiting in anticipation for the product to be shipped from our manufacturer, which we expect to arrive by the end of this week…..Exciting times….
In retrospect if anyone had told me how long this process takes, I am not sure I would have been as enthusiastic about starting it. To be honest it has been almost 18 months in design, development, sourcing a manufacturer and getting the product shipped to Ireland. It has put our business under financial pressure, and has been a big risk, as our clients did not want to pay in advance for the product, and our manufacturers wanted full payment before the product left the factory. Coupled with a very busy start to 2015 with our dental marketing and general marketing clients, and suffice to say we are glad this phase of the process is almost over…
At this point, some advice for others thinking about going down this road I have some tips:
– Try to have the finances in place to fund the project, separate from your business cash-flow
– Even with all the planning in the world, give yourself twice as long as you expect to complete the project
– Work with a quality manufacturer who works with reputable and well known organisations, as they will bring advice and professional expertise to the table that will assist with your project, and chances are improve the outcome. It may cost you more for a ‘test’ production run but I am confident it will save you numerous headaches down the road
– Keep your first clients in the loop on your progress, as they will appreciate the effort and should understand the ups and downs of business, if they are business owners themselves
So where are we now, we have designs finalised, products made and are literally waiting for them to be packed and shipped this week for delivery by Friday….. We are also getting back our prototype, which we sent to the factory so they would have a firm understanding of our progress, and a great starting point to speed up production.
Finally and most importantly we are very grateful to our first 5 clients – 3 in Dublin, and 1 in Cork and Limerick who have been extremely patient, which waiting for their tooth sign’s which they ordered in November 2014. As I said to one of them recently when they requested an update – ‘That’s manufacturing for you…’