I am having issues and not sure how, where or what the hell to do. I moved my bookstore into a new location with another business owner. I knew we had to move in with only 3 weeks time to do it in so things were rushed and a mess for a bit. But it seems like the other business partners family is now using it for a storage unit. The basement is being filled up and it’s over 4,000 square feet down there. The back area is where things are supposed to be getting ready to go out on the sales floor and I have a strong sneaking suspicion it’s their own stuff back there and not meant to be sold..
I have mentioned about getting shit cleaned up and they make a start or an effort and then shit blows up and we are back in the junk yard again. Thankfully none of it has leaked out to the sales floor, yet. I’m not a confrontational person but I’m thinking I’m going to have to be. I want to stay where we are and continue to grow as a business. I want to keep the landlord happy and the junkyard back room and basement are definitely not going to cut it. My question, 1. Is this typical to have a messy back room? And 2. How do I keep the partner from pulling me under with them? Am I being too picky? Or being a pushover. Frankly right now I feel like a pushover whose a schmuck. I have some heavy thinking to do and I’m not looking forward to the confrontation I feel is coming. I want to stay in business and dont want to be kicked out due to a hoarders dream going on in the back. I just dont know.
Its getting more stressful as we keep going where we are. It’s a great place as far as location and decor, everything is new. A hefty price tag comes with the great location tho. I’m scared we won’t be able to afford it. We have customers daily which is much better than the previous 2 locations. No I dont have a nest egg set back to cover the lean times and no i dont have any rich relatives either. I wouldn’t ask any way. It’s my dream to make come true. I pray, sometimes i forget to pray. I try to do it daily but haven’t developed the habit yet. In the mean time my house keeping has gone to hell in a hand basket. There is never enough time for everything. I just feel like I’m failing everything and everyone. I guess it’s just one of those days. A higher than expected electric bill and low sales so far just scares me and stresses me. Ok. I’ve vented enough. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
So far its been a hell of a year of ups and downs. We have a new grandbaby who is a really amazing blessing. She had joined her sister and both girls are so sweet. We also have a new grandpuppy who is the sweetest puppy ever. My daughter is now engaged to a wonderful man who had 3 kids. They are so sweet too. So there are some good things I’m very thankful for. We moved to a new store up on main street. It’s a beautiful place newly remodeled.
The stressful parts are we moved to a new store that is pricier than any place we’ve been at before by a lot. I’m scared we wont be able to afford it but we couldn’t stay where we were either due to issues with other vendors in the place. So good for the new place but stressful due to the money side of it.
I hurt myself and tore my meniscus and took over 4 months for the dr to find and fix. My mom has been in the hospital twice within 2 weeks. So the move in September, surgery in October and mom being in the hospital twice in October and bill collectors banging on my door I just feel helpless, stupid for getting into this fix and dont know how to fix it. Oh and I have a virus bug on top of everything this week.
So am I sick due to stress? I dont know. Do I wish money would fall from the damned sky? Yes! But it isn’t going to happen. Probably gonna wind up losing everything and be back at square one. Plus Bill’s at home are piling up. One son doesn’t talk to me much. But by the same token he is busy with a new baby, wife, toddler and job. So I get it but it still hurts. My daughter went thru a time like that where we didn’t talk much so I’m hoping it’s a phase. I love my kids like crazy and want them to be strong independent people but still want them to need me just a little too ya know?
Just me being a big baby I guess. I hate that the bookstore isn’t a cash cow like jewelry or clothes, antiques etc. But I love books and enjoy it so much. I will do what I normally do in this situation, pray, cry and hope for the best.
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