Thursday, March 31, 2011
Will You Take A Card?
Technology is an amazing thing. So amazing it's kind of freaking me out. I'm pretty Amish when it comes to computers, smartphones and MP3 players. People tease me because I don't even own a microwave. Good, old-fashioned fire works for me.
And good, old-fashioned fire is a big part of my business. Candles. Candles of all kinds. Paraffin, palm wax, and beeswax. Boy, talk about old-fashioned. Beeswax is as old as the hills and still the best candle wax out there. But that's beside the point. My point is, I'm an old-fashioned girl and new stuff frightens and confuses me.
Alas, I made a choice to become a business person. Guess what? You can't be in business today without knowing a thing or two about the new stuff out there. We business people have to extend ourselves beyond the art of making change, because people today don't even carry money anymore. They have these little pieces of plastic with secret information embedded into them. These pieces of plastic can be used instead of money. Imagine that!
For years I've been doing business out of a cash box. I'd even go so far as to accept checks. Last craft show season I came to a decision when the umteenth person asked me, "do you take credit cards?" I don't know how much business I lost with my inability to accept those magical plastic money imposters, but this year will be different.
Tada! I got myself this handy dandy little gadget that reads the magical plastic cards in a way that puts my customers' money right in my bank account. Amazing! Yes, the prospect of this scares the living daylights out of me, but I'm confident that soon enough I will master it as well as I mastered making change with actual paper money and coins.
So when you come and see me live at a venue and you ask, "do you take credit cards" I'll be able to answer with a very proud "YES!" Because as much as I love the simplicity of the good old days I'm nothing if I can't keep up with the wacky gadgets the kids today are inventing.