Thanks friends for all your advice- Started Dream Business!

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  1. loveabargin

    loveabargin Mouseketeer

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    I just wanted to send a "shout out" to my Dis friends. I have been on these boards (specifically the Budget Board) for about 2 years now and I have asked questions, gotten great ideas and advice,and hopefully helped a few people too. :goodvibes

    I finally started my own business a few months ago painting glassware (wine glasses, iced tea goblets, etc) and it is really taking off. I launched my website last week and I've already gotten three appointments to sell my stuff to some local businesses. I could never have done it without all the support and answers I get here on the Dis. I really love coming here everyday and seeing what's going on with everyone.

    Anyhow, thank you, thank you, thank you. :lovestruc
     
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  3. LSchrow

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    WOW! :thumbsup2
    that is so great!!
    sounds like a great idea ~ best of luck with the business!:banana:
    can we see pics?
     
  4. loveabargin

    loveabargin Mouseketeer

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    I don't know how to post pics, but you can go to my site...and take a look. I guess it's okay to post that, not sure.
     
  5. AnninIowa

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    Congratulations!!! I have my own business, too; and while it can sometimes be hectic and a struggle, being your own boss is SO worth it!!
     
  6. loveabargin

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    What type of business? I'm always curious. I know I have a lot to learn. I have a background in marketing, so that's been VERY helpful...but there are many things I'm learning as I go!
     
  7. Imzadi

    Imzadi Saved by an angel in a trenchcoat

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    Congratulations!!! party:

    Your designs are very unique & original. :thumbsup2

    You should think of selling on Etsy.com when you get a chance. it will give you more exposure & bring more clients to your own website.

    One of the mods, Obe Wan started an Etsy thread. I meant to post to it with more info.
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1683261

    Also, check out this email forum. On there are some of the top professional ceramic artists, to very beginning amateurs who post emails on this list. They give their various experiences about Etsy.com:
    http://www.potters.org/SEARCH.ASP?QU=Etsy&titleorbody=body&maximumResults=150
     
  8. hipchickie

    hipchickie counting the days

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    Those are so cute! I love the mommy juice :laughing:
    I have my own business too - the funny thing is but I actually have MORE time with my child now that I have my own business than when I had a regular full time job

    good luck - BTW I don't know who you are using for a website host but I have an *awesome* website host company, LMK if you need the info - she is really reasonable and geared towards start up WAHM moms
     
  9. LSchrow

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    LOVE the mommy juice :rotfl2:
    you're very talented ~ wish you the best of luck with the new business!! :thumbsup2
    (& what a great idea for a "special occasion" ~ birthdays, 1st day of school, graduation, new baby, weddings.....the possibilities are endless & fill that niche of "something different" & thoughtful. definately can be a really unique & profitable fundraiser too!!)
    :banana:
     
  10. HeyIt'sMe

    HeyIt'sMe Nothin' to see here folks

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    Good for you! That's great. :goodvibes

    My cousin started a painted glassware company several years ago and did very well. She made my DD a painted "Cookies for Santa" plate and cup and they are SO cute! I love items that have that personal, hand-made touch!

    Here's to continued good luck with your dream business!

    Debbie
     
  11. eowensby

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    etsy will get you even more exposure. I sell on etsy and have just started a website this week. It's no where near finished, but I'm excited about it. I do monogramming, custom embroidery and childrenswear. Best of luck with everything!
    Elizabeth
    I'm sure I can't post my etsy site, although it is posted on the linked thread associated with etsy a few posts up.
     
  12. java

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    Shoot I missed the link can you PM me it! I love to see what others are painting. And CONGRATULATIONS for taking the leap!!! You may inspire me to do it too!
     
  13. loveabargin

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    Thanks so much for all your feedback! I will check out etsy, sounds very interesting. I haven't sold on ebay because it's hard to know how well glassware is going to ship! I'm afraid it would break? Something to consider though.

    Update: today I had two more calls about my products (wholesale buyers)...I swear my site has only been up a week! I'm soooo excited! Does anyone know if Disney buys hand painted items? I know it's a longshot, but we'll be there next week, so why not? Hey, the sky seems to be the limit (can you tell I'm on a high?)

    Thanks again friends for your encouraging words!
     
  14. Imzadi

    Imzadi Saved by an angel in a trenchcoat

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    Probably not unless you have some written legal contract ahead of time with them, because you'd be in violation with their copyright infringement. Same with the various sports teams. Be careful of directly copying their logos. You could get smacked with a big lawsuit & lose all the money for your business in legal fees defending yourself and having to pay them back.

    As for packing fragile items to ship, as long as you pack things so they don't shift, move, or clang into another object - including the walls of the box, you will be fine.

    If you need to, send yourself a few test trial boxes & see how they fare. It's better to do your experimenting on yourself than to have an unhappy customer. It takes a long time to build up a good, solid reputation. It can take 1-2 bad incidences to lose a customer quick.

    Another avenue to think about is getting a MySpace page of your stuff. Your girlfriend glasses are in the perfect demographic for the MySpace crowd. Also, other college age gals blogs. Get the word out with pics in a few well chosen blogs & other people will do the advertising for you as they post their latest finds.

    I'll look for the webpage later, talking about blogging as the newest, fastest way of getting the word out. There are blog search engines that link to other blogs, so a person can type in a keyword & be brought to other people's blogs to read & also see your glasses at a "girlfriends party" or dorm room party where they are laughing & drinking out of your glasses.

    Also there is one ceramic artist I found who was able to do this tastefully & successfully. And she got a magazine blurb out of being found on a blog.

    I had Googled for directions on a clothing dye I am interested in using. Up came a blog of a woman who successfully dyed a few lovely thrift store finds of antique lace clothing. The before & after pics from faded antique cream dyed to a pretty, zesty orange that gave a modern spin of the lace was incredible. This personal affidavit with home shots of one person actually using the dyes sold me on the dyes better than any manufacturer's ad could have. :thumbsup2

    Java: scroll up about 7 posts. I posted Obe Wan's Etsy thread link there. :)
     
  15. loveabargin

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    :)
    I hadn't thought of that. I guess you just see all types of things like this (hand painted items with team names) that I never thought about the infringement. I'll check on that. Thanks for the advice!
     
  16. loveabargin

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    Thanks again for the advice. I've registered to sell on etsy, planning on putting everything on there today.
     
  17. spalady

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    Whats the web site? I would love to see them.
     
  18. DisNeeFans

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    Congratulations!! could you please send me a pm with the website so I could see your beautiful creations??
     
  19. MickeyP

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    Could you pm me your website too? Thx.
     
  20. FirstTimertoDiz

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    I would love to see your designs- will you please pm me with your website?
     
  21. aka-mad4themouse

    aka-mad4themouse <font color="blue">Budget Board Co-Host</font>

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    Please do not put the OP in the questionable position of advertising here on the DIS. Those who wish to know more about her website and business should PM her to ask for a link. Please do not here to ask for it.
     
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