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August 03, 2018

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Sarcastically Southern advice column is written anonymously by a woman in Bulloch County. To submit a question, please e-mail her at sarcasticallysouthernblog@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information on her upcoming blog and Facebook! Follow her on Twitter at @SarcasticallyS5.

 

 

 

Dear Sarcastically Southern,

I have a side business doing embroidery projects for people. I spend a lot of time doing research to see what will sell in my area as well as current trends. It’s time consuming to keep track of the items I have and have sold and my materials (thread, needles, etc.). It NEVER fails. I post something on Facebook or tell someone about it and the next thing I know, they’re saying “I could buy that at Wal-Mart and just get you to embroider it,” or “Why is it that much? ‘So and so’ has it for $5 less. Why is yours so much?” How do I politely tell these people to stop being a-holes?
Sincerely, Side Hustle Sally

 

Side Hustle Sally,

Say “please” when you tell them to stop being a-holes. My mama always told me that it was polite! ;)

But in all seriousness, that can be super discouraging to someone trying to do better for themselves—it’s like people expect you to be selling things for dirt cheap just because you don’t have a storefront. They associate a “from-home business” with smaller expense and that’s almost never the case. I have a side hustle of my own and people say very similar things to me. But I don’t get the same prices from suppliers that store owners do because I don’t order large quantities. I can’t order large quantities and take the risk that they won’t sell. Store owners can buy items for cheap, make a good profit on them with a high markup and then sell them for “clearance” prices and STILL make money!

 

People like you and I have to mark the items up just slightly in order to even make a sale, so any discount we give cuts into our profit greatly. I’ve started being a little mean about it. For example, I was selling specific items with a vinyl monogram on it. I was asked “Well, if I just go get the same item at Wal-Mart, I can put the vinyl on it. How much would you charge me to cut it?” I was selling the item for $10 even though it was only $5 at Wal-Mart—but that person didn’t know all of the things I use behind the scenes to create their item or their cost. So I told her that I’d cut her a vinyl for $8. Do the math: $5 item + $8 decal = better to just buy it from me. She didn’t, but she got the point that I’m not really charging that much!

 

Don’t let it discourage you—for every customer like that you’ll get two or three that are more than willing to pay what you’re asking and even possibly extra as a tip. Just keep reminding yourself that opinions are like backsides…everybody’s got one and they all stink. Good luck!

 

 

Dear Sarcastically Southern,

Why do people insist on carrying on loud conversations, playing video games at max volume and just being obnoxious in the waiting room at the doctor’s office? If they bother everyone as much as it does me, I don’t understand how the nurses/office workers aren’t the grumpiest human beings alive!

How do I deal with the anxiety and anger that the constant talking causes me to have?

Sincerely, Princess Peace and Quiet

 

Princess Peace and Quiet,

As soon as I figure out how to deal with the anxiety and anger that comes along with people’s lack of courtesy, I’ll be sure and let you know. I struggle with this on a DAILY basis. The key? HEADPHONES.  Seriously—sometimes my ears hurt from having headphones in all day, but it keeps my blood pressure from skyrocketing. I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around how people can sit around and talk incessantly to themselves—I’m assuming they are talking to themselves, because 99 percent of the time, you can tell NO ONE is listening to them. Absolutely no one needs a play by play of what you are doing. “Sitting down now to do some work. Gonna call what’s his face. Then I gotta go a few places and get stuff for tomorrow…” I just give people stink eye—it usually doesn’t help, but it makes me feel better. When you feel like you’re about to lose it, you can always go to the bathroom and calm down and come back. Sometimes just removing yourself from the situation for a short period of time will reset your irritation meter.

In the wise words of comedian Ron White, “You can’t fix stupid.” And you can’t fix bad manners either—unless it’s your children and you jerk a knot in their tails.

 

 


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