Last updated: 26 January 2021
The pandemic and Brexit have had a bigger impact to our business, than we would like to admit.
Currently the thing that takes a lot of time, is guiding our 2 kids with their schoolwork because they are at home during the lockdown (since december 2020).
And please know that I’m doing a fulltime job for 2 months now, so work on ByteDelight is in the evening and weekends mostly.
Brexit made things more complex: we are still in the process of adapting our administration for UK VAT.
And PostNL once again increased their shipping costs dramatically, especially for unregistered mail – most rates are over 2x as expensive compared to last year.
DPD currently doesn’t ship to the UK, and the same goes for DHL.
And since the UK is not a part of the EU anymore, shipping by PostNL is now 2x-3x as expensive as last year.
There are still a lot of repairs waiting for a while that will get priority.
We are also generating new stock in the meantime, but as you can imagine, that is quite hard.
During the next weeks we will offer stock for one product at a time, otherwise we will get in trouble once again with delays.
6 december 2020
As you may have read in the underneath post, I’ve taken on a fulltime job again.
I’ve been doing my new job for three weeks now, and I’ve been working hard to find a new routine.
I know it has taken too long, but am now once again back on repairs and production – during the workweek in the morning and afternoon mainly, and more in the weekend.
So ByteDelight unfortunately gets a little less time, but still has my dedication!
Check out my live streams every week!
One other reason that it took some longer to continue work for ByteDelight, is that in the last week of November, my son was diagnosed with diabetes type 1 – the type that strikes without a cause, and potentially on any age.
So that is quite a change, but we’re doing relatively well now.
ByteDelight and being employed
21 October 2020
Because of the worldwide pandemic and economic impact, people are starting to get more careful what to spend their money on, which is totally understandable.
Then also Brexit is around the corner.
This is making doing ByteDelight for a living a lot harder in the near future.
So in October 2020 I’ve decided to take an software development job for a stable financial basis for my family.
I will start with that job during November.
But don’t worry – ByteDelight will continue!
However, first I need to process all open orders, repairs and other custom requests – preferable before I start at the new job.
So many products are ‘out of stock’ to achieve that.
After that’s done, I will produce batches of products which I will offer by raising the stock levels again when the products are actually available.
If you want to know more, please check out my YouTube video:
Production and repairs live on YouTube
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ByteDelight is fulltime run by me, Ben Versteeg, and my wife.
We started ByteDelight in 2014 and been doing that fulltime since 2018.
We have no employees, but we do have a semi-automated production street with pick-and-place machine and reflow oven.