Brand, Build & Launch Challenge: Introduction

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One of my goals with this blog, was to not only share with you how I built my own brands, but to also guide you in building your own. People often get stuck even before they begin because they lack the tools and confidence to take action.

Don’t be scared. We’re in this together.

This is where the Brand, Build & Launch Challenge comes in.

I have a great idea for a new brand that I want to launch. I will show you step by step what I’m doing before I open my new online shop.

I will break down each step and dissect what tools or methods I use to complete each task. Weekly I will post about my accomplishments and failures.

We will keep each other motivated. We’ll be virtual accountability partners. [Read more…]

A Shout Out to 9 to 5’ers with a Business on the Side

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Being an entrepreneur can be an incredibility lonely journey. Most times neither your friends nor family will understand what you do. They’ll see you working day and night, with little to no reward and wonder why you just can’t be happy with your 9 to 5 gig.

I mean. You should be thankful that you even have a job, right?

Wrong.

You can be thankful for being gainfully employed and fulfill a desire to build a life around a passion that’s profitable.

Yes. You can do both.

And don’t let anyone tell you anything different.

So when I stumbled across this post by Kelly Lynn Adams in a group on Facebook, I thought it summed up my life perfectly.

It’s a shout out 9 to 5’ers with a business on the side and it was so real, I had to share. [Read more…]

10 Things I Learned About Myself in 2015 (And How I’ll Fix It)

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It’s January 2016. A time to reflect, exude positive energy and make plans for the year ahead. I don’t know about you, but this past year hasn’t been without it’s troubles.

Troubles? Who am I kidding. This year has been full of mess ups. Mostly my own doing. Because when you’re a business owner it’s always your fault. Right?

I’ll be honest. There were a few days (or months, let’s be for real) when I just wanted to give up.

After reading Johnathan’s post on Blavity titled, “16 Painful Lessons I Learned in 2015 While Trying to Be An Adult“, I was inspired to share my own year of struggles. A look back at things that happened and how I plan to improve them moving forward.

Learn from my mistakes.

I know I will. [Read more…]

Review: My Love + Hate Relationship with The Printful

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My love affair with The Printful started in May 2015. As a small shop owner who became overwhelmed with hand printing, packing and shipping shirts each month from my online store, I needed help. A LOT of help. At the time, we easily processed more than 500+ order each month.

So when I first became aware of the t-shirt fulfillment services The Printful offers, I thought they’d be my knight in shining armor that would rescue me from a slow demise.

Pause that fairy tale.

Sorta. [Read more…]