"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
In April, we realized we made a BIG mistake. We failed to collect sales tax on our Amazon sales over the past nine months! I ASSumed Amazon did that for us. Well, it doesn't. So, we immediately registered for a Kansas Retailers’ Sales Tax Registration Certificate and got to work reviewing the thousands of orders to resolve the error. My wonderful husband, Randy, had to continually remind me to be grateful that we caught the mistake when we did. I just wish we caught it sooner.
"When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge." -Robert Kiyosaki
Mid-March our Comfy Cup™ inventory dwindled dangerously low. We placed an order for 3,000 more Comfy Cups, but they were not scheduled to arrive for months! We had to take the Comfy Cup™ off Amazon to ensure we would have enough product in stock for our big April 5th launch day on The Grommet. It was painful to go from filling 50 orders a day to zero during peak baseball season. But, it was a blessing in disguise…our family needed the break. It was a little gift from the Universe...a calm before the storm.
The year was coming to an end, but we had new opportunities on the horizon for the Comfy Cup™. In July, Grandma Bebe had encouraged us to look into a company called The Grommet, a company that launches undiscovered products with a purpose invented by people with stories on their website and helps them succeed. We posted the Comfy Cup™ to The Grommet's Citizens' Gallery page and they reached out to us expressing interested in learning more about Kyler's Comfy Cup™. By the end of the year we signed a contract with The Grommet and a plan to launch the Comfy Cup™ in the spring.