Sunday, 20 January 2013

08:23 – Among all the regular weekend tasks yesterday, Barbara spent a few hours doing kit stuff, including building 48 small-parts bags for chemistry kits and labeling a bunch of bottles. I timed her, and found she can label 300 bottles/hour. That translates to about nine hours’ work for her to label containers for 60 chemistry kits. Both of us working together should be able to fill, cap, and seal those 60 kits worth of containers in another nine to 12 hours.

Of course, there’s a lot more to building kits than just labeling and filling containers and building small-parts bags. Everything from making up chemicals to figuring out what needs to be ordered and ordering it to receiving and shelving orders as they arrive to taping up boxes for the kits to assembling the kits to processing orders and printing postage labels. Still, at this point, I estimate that if Barbara and I were both working full-time on kits we could produce 50 to 60 kits a week. Call it 2,500 to 3,000 kits a year. Even if she continues to work full-time and helps me on the weekends, some evenings, and an occasional vacation day, we should be able to crank out at least 20 kits a week or 1,000/year. That’ll do for now.