Thinking of starting my own business

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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3112 posts
Sugar bee

@TexasSpringBride:  If you can afford to live without your steady pay check, then I say go for it!  I think the most important thing in starting your own business is coming up with something that there is a real need for.  If nobody wants it, then you won’t have any customers!  You could market yourself both locally and on the web, but you’d have to come upu with a more specific product or category of items.  Can you post pics of things you’ve done that would be marketable?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@TexasSpringBride:  Try Storenvy or Etsy…and maybe see if there are any local gift shops in your area that will consider evaluating your products and putting them for sale in their stores. I’m thinking about starting my own thing too but it’s hard since I have a full time job. Good luck!

Post # 7
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2400 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@TexasSpringBride:  Hi! The basket thing could be a good idea. We’ve got a local specialty basket company in my town that everyone loves. A bit pricey compared to the standard walmart basket but soo worth it bc they use nearly alll local & handmade items. They get used mostly for college kids wanting things from home, and relatives you want to give a little taste of the area too… You should check out their website if you are considering doing baskets! Best of luck!

http://www.bella-baskets.com/

Post # 9
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1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@TexasSpringBride:  Girl go for it! And let me live vicariously through you while I work up the courage (and the funds) to start my own business as well. Laughing

Post # 10
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761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You could start by listing your items on etsy.com while you wait to be able to set up a shop. There are a lot of people that are fortunate enough to make a living through Etsy.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@TexasSpringBride:  I think it’s possible, for sure! You sound like me, because I’ve been considering the same thing. My DH is military as well, so I have toyed with the idea of creating a business of my own, so that it can always move with us. It’s hard to keep starting over every few years! As a PP mentioned, Etsy is a great place to start. I’ve used it for years, and I feel like it could go really well if I put more time into it. PM me if you want to chat!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@roweboat:  I’ve actually been thinking about opening up an Etsy store because I’ve gotten so many requests for cake toppers.  How does it work?  Is it like Ebay (they take a portion of the sale)?

Post # 13
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1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@housebee:  It’s funny you mention cake toppers, that’s what I sell too, LOL. There’s a 0.20 cent listing fee, and then they take a very small portion of the sell. It’s free to open a shop though. It’s a much better place to sell handmade products, because many people want to pay cheaper prices on Ebay. Normally buyers on Etsy are willing to pay a fair price for handmade goods instead of looking for the cheapest option.

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