First, I greatly appreciate the interest people have shown in One Way Light. The encouragement is noticed and appreciated. I'll check my blurb about looking for help with the business. I definitely need help with social media and community engagement.
As far as problems go, I'm tackling two things.
I am struggling to figure out how to offer the same light for sell in two ways. The first is of course as an individual item. The second is as an individual item shown on pages for the vehicles that can use it. My current selling platform doesn't allow the same item (SKU) to be offered on more than one page, so I have to allocate separate inventory for each use of the item. I think it is important that I make it easy to directly add the lights that match a year, make, and model on the same page that explains why I recommend them. I'm looking at alternative selling platforms.
On the technical side, I'm trying to figure out how to manufacture 1600 custom wire forms and then install them in 800 pcbs. I've ordered a lot of fun tools, pieces, and parts that I'm using to make jigs so I can manually bend wires and install them in a repeatable way. After that, I want to try and build a machine that can do the wire bending for me.
One of the tools I ordered is a 3d printer, a Prusa MK3S from the Chech Republic. It's backordered like two months, so I've got a lot of time to be excited about it. I strongly considered buying a lathe, but decided against it and ordered a bunch of other tools instead. I'm essentially building a prototyping workshop in my basement!
All of these new tools remind me of my passion for solving technical problems!
Listening to Local H. I do like me some midwest rock.So, before proceeding with website changes, I'm continuing in my quest to get, and keep, physical stock in order. I have about twenty more bins to label and place. In each, I've bagged parts into pre-counted bags so inventory is easier. If I want to [...]
I'm not sure anyone reads this and I suppose it's not terribly important from my perspective. It helps to put some of my thoughts on paper.I was starting to ramble a bit about Jocko Willink's podcast and book, but I'm going to stick to One Way Light since the fact that I'm tired leaves me [...]
One Way Light is nearing five years as a registered business. It existed for about two years as a hobby prior to being a business, so by dog standards, it's almost old.For One Way Light to exist another five years, it needs to be more than a hobby. I'm making changes to how things are [...]
So, I've maintained a largely arbitrary price scheme for about four years where the main interior light sets sell for $49.99. Unfortunately, this is no longer reasonable due to increases in prices and my desire to pay myself for my time.So, going forward I will pay myself an hourly rate. The thought here is that [...]
So, I'm back to shipping daily or every couple days. My goal is to suck it up, increase volume, and then move products to a fulfillment service for that part of the day-to-day.Other changes...Prices are going to increase. I've maintained most set prices at $50 for around four years now. Costs of lights have gone [...]
I'm moving all regular items to Amazon. Higher volume sets, 98-01 XJ for example, will continue to be sold as they are aside from some package changes. Low volume sets, 90-96 XJ with overhead console, will no longer be sold as a kit, but all component parts will be available. In fact, all component lights [...]
TLDR: onewaylight.com will continue to offer all items we sell, but shipping will be reduced to once per week on Monday (or Tuesday in case of a holiday). Amazon will offer a more limited set of popular light sets and lights fulfilled by Amazon (fast, daily shipping but possibly at increased cost).-------------------Long Version:One Way Light [...]