Tag Small Business

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Launch And Learn

Do you ever feel like you are trying and failing, but never getting anywhere? Rebecca Marie of Graphic and Web Designer/Owner of Bex Marie has been through the ringer, but she never lets a failure get the best of her. She was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. In her middle school days her passion included teaching herself HTML and how to build websites in her spare time. When college rolled around she decided to give computer science a chance. After realizing you use letters and not numbers, Rebecca said to herself “this isn’t as fun as web design anyway”. After breaking her leg in roller derby, yes this girl does it all, she started a part time job in soapmaking. The more time she spent in the handmade/soapmaker community, the more she found a huge gap for entrepreneurs who couldn’t afford their own graphic design, but wanted help creating their own website. Officially now

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From Pre-Med to Jewelry Designer: Steffi Keung on Figuring out Life as an Entrepreneur

When you first started your business, how many of you were in a completely different field then where you are now? Our Gem of the Week, Steffi Keung of Steffi K. Jewelry, answered wholeheartedly and truthfully to our interview questions on figuring out life as an entrepreneur so that you can get insight on making difficult decisions that push you to finding the career that fits you. Steffi graduated from UCLA with a pre-med degree, but now she is pursuing her passion of creating, which has led her to becoming the successful jewelry maker she is today. In fact, her edgy accessories were seen on one of the finalist on Season 10 of The Voice, Hanna Houston. Talk about making the right career switch and finding your purpose, am I right!? She is a true example of going against the grain and not letting others determine what is the best for you. Read how

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Kutula Kiss Weaves Together Fashion And Peace

The jewelry that we wear tells a story. Charm bracelets show what we cherish, rings can represent our relationship status, and lockets keep our loved ones close. But Kutula Kiss stands out among the rest by choosing to make jewelry that ignites hope, empowerment, and peace – in the heart of the consumer and in the life of the artist who made it. Kutula Kiss was formed when founders Cindy Berg and Kathy Pettigrew took a trip to Colombia and fell in love with the country’s people, culture, and beauty. The fine craftsmanship of Colombian artisans inspired the duo to bring quality goods from South America to North America, while ensuring that the women who made them were supported, empowered, and paid fairly. Many of these women now have a dependable income that allows them to take care of their families and dream bigger than before. “We have been fortunate

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Every Day Is A Celebration With Darling & Bliss

We’ve all done it: we mindlessly drag our feet through the week, with eyes glazed over and frowns painted on. We tell ourselves that the weekend will be better and that we’ll be happy once we have a day off – that’s when we’ll truly live. But who says that a Tuesday night can’t include kitchen dance parties and champagne toasts just because? When did gifts, cards, and baked goods become birthday-only items? Darling & Bliss is on a mission to make every day worth celebrating by bringing beauty back into our daily lives. Sarah Anne Hayes combined her heart for encouragement and design prowess to create Darling & Bliss in 2014. Her goal is to reminder others that they are dearly loved while filling their lives with beauty, encouragement, and a bit more joy. Darling & Bliss provides all three through gorgeously designed handmade prints and cards featuring inspirational

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How to Set Your Business Up for Financial Success

When starting a business every decision counts. You want to portray the perfect image in everything you do from how you present yourself to how you handle stressful situations. So what’s the secret to success when it comes to starting and running a business? Money. Financial success is what most business owners will probably tell you. No one wants to be in the red and when you’re starting a business it’s important to make smart decisions because, unfortunately, new businesses don’t have the luxury of (nor can they afford) second chances. The truth is the smallest oversight can cost you big time – but only if you let it. Every decision from how to set up your business on paper to which partners you decide to bring on board is directly related to your money and you need to nail it the first time – no pressure. This is our easy guide to managing your

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Planning to Give Back with Your Small Business

When you’re launching a small business, the initial push to turn a profit can be exhausting. The idea of donating a portion of your proceeds to charity is a lovely one, but not as lovely as the idea of putting food on the table. Yet with enough time and hard work, your small business plans become a reality – even the ever-elusive profits. Once you’ve found your financial footing, you may be interested in adding a charitable initiative to your business plan, but aren’t sure where to start. Recognize that this decision is a personal one, and it depends on both your individual preferences and on your business’s resources. Here are several questions to help you discover the best way to give back with your small business:   Source   Which charitable causes are most meaningful to you, and why?   Will these still be meaningful to you a year

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