It has been a rough day. With social media, instagram and the internet it sometimes looks like owning a small online business is all rainbows and sunshine. I wish that was the case. Unfortunately, the reality is often times much different. The reality is full of long hours, sleepless nights and fraud….lots of fraud. On days like today, I can’t seem to suppress the thoughts of “should I keep going?”.
The internet has created so many opportunities for people like me to create their dream businesses. It’s allowed me to be a player in the global market, it’s helped me meet some amazing people, it’s provided me the gateway to some pretty amazing opportunities. It has also made me the victim of fraud, it has made me realize the lack of morals some people in our society posses, it has hurt me financially. People treat their computer screens as a mask. They hide behind the screen stealing people’s money, crushing people’s dreams, and sharing hateful words. It makes me sick. What has happened to our society? Do people no longer care about others?
As a small business, Every. Single. Sale. helps us to keep our lights on and doors open from month to month. Klury is a struggling start-up just like nearly every other business once was. On a day like today when you lose another $750 to fraudulent buyers, it really hits home how hard it is to be a small online business. I am sick to my stomach. Scammers are smart and heartless. When you think you have all preventative measures in place, they find a way around it. Credit card companies leniency on chargebacks and stolen credit cards are becoming a major culprit, creating opportunities for honest businesses to be taken advantage of. I put my heart into each item we sell ensuring it is exactly as described, carefully and beautifully packaged, and safely delivered. I feel so violated by complete strangers at times. People aren’t just ripping off some big faceless corporation, they’re ripping me off. They’re ripping off the small home business, they’re ripping off the indie artists, they’re ripping off everyone. They’re making it hard to pay the bills, hard to grow my business, hard to keep going.
A few rotten eggs are spoiling everything. Years of hard work, dreams, and even happiness. I can’t let things like this go unmentioned. This is a reality of owning a small business.
Thanks for letting me vent! Sometimes it feels better to just type something out and get it off my chest. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful supporters of Klury. You guys keep me going. I’ll work on a more light-hearted post for tomorrow