Month: January 2018

Beat the Winter Blues with Gypsy Spoonful

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be getting a case of the Winter Blues. I like to get those endorphins going with a little bit of retail therapy. We promise our “blue” items won’t make you feel down in the dumps at all!   Click on each photo to go directly to … read more

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be getting a case of the Winter Blues. I like to get those endorphins going with a little bit of retail therapy. We promise our “blue” items won’t make you feel down in the dumps at all!

 

Click on each photo to go directly to the item featured!

 

Get a head start on your spring cleaning with this gorgeous blue dish cloth set by Give A Yarn!

 

Are you expecting a bouncing baby boy?  These printable candy wrappers & toppers  by Printables 4 You are great for a baby shower or gender reveal parties!

 

Rose Petal Gifts offers this amazing keychain bag charm.  Perfect way to brighten up your purse!

 

You can’t help but smile when you see these fun little baby diaper covers by Krafty Mommas.  Go check out her  shop.  She also has matching booties!

 

Simply the Glitter offers amazing assemblage jewelry.  This Paris themed necklace is a gorgeous mix of blues and brass.

 

Don’t leave Dad out when you are shopping!  Play*Patch offers fun ties for Dad in many fun prints.

 

That winter chill isn’t quite gone  yet.  Grab up this beautiful infinity scarf by Just Bobbin Along and look stylish while staying warm.

 

Admit it, you can’t stay blue if you are enjoying a vacation at Disney!  You can find so many fun tees from We Luv Dizne with all your favorite characters!

 

Yve’s Treasure Shoppe is full of awesome products, including this trendy fringe scarf made with upcycled tees.

 

Becca’s Boutique Bows are the bomb!  She has so many amazing bows to choose from.  This cool Star Wars bow is pretty out of this world too!

What’s New Wednesday!?!?

Welcome to What’s New Wednesday!?!?! Where we feature our newest designers and let the world know what they do!! Click on the highlighted business name to go directly to their shops. First up, we have Diva Bows. She has a great offering in her shop of products for kids and moms alike, including makeup bags, … read more

Welcome to What’s New Wednesday!?!?!

Where we feature our newest designers and let the world know what they do!!

Click on the highlighted business name to go directly to their shops.

First up, we have Diva Bows. She has a great offering in her shop of products for kids and moms alike, including makeup bags, crayon holders, and planner bands.

Dom’s Sign Design is a part of the Wallowa Wonders shop. You can find some awesome hand painted wood signs using reclaimed wood and made to enhance all your home decor needs. She can also take custom orders if you have a specific idea in mind so feel free to ask!

Happy Hounds just got started this week and boy, does she have some fun items for your furry friends! Pet treats, blankets & mats, and all kinds of leashes, harnesses, and collars.

Sparkles.n.Studs is brand spankin’ new so check back to her shop often as she loads it up. So far, she has an awesome nursing pillow cover and car seat cover but I know she has much more coming soon.  We will probably feature her next week also since she has only 24 hours to jump in.

 

As always, if you are a maker who wants to apply to set up a shop, feel free to apply here:  https://gypsyspoonful.com/market/join/

During a Gold Rush: Sell Shovels and Pickaxes!

During a Gold Rush: Sell Shovels and Pickaxes!

There is a saying in the startup world that “you can mine for gold or you can sell pickaxes.” This is of course an allusion to the California Gold Rush where some of the most successful business people such as Levi Strauss and Samuel Brannan didn’t mine for gold themselves but instead sold supplies to miners – wheelbarrows, tents, … read more

There is a saying in the startup world that “you can mine for gold or you can sell pickaxes.” This is of course an allusion to the California Gold Rush where some of the most successful business people such as Levi Strauss and Samuel Brannan didn’t mine for gold themselves but instead sold supplies to miners – wheelbarrows, tents, jeans, pickaxes etc. Mining for gold was the more glamorous path but actually turned out, in aggregate, to be a worse return on investment and labor than selling supplies. On May 12, 1848, a store owner named Sam Brannan held a “one-man parade” to announce the start of the San Francisco Gold Rush.

Levi Strauss was a German businessman who founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans. His firm, Levi Strauss & Co., began in 1853 in San Francisco, California. Born February 26, 1829 in Buttenheim as Löb Strauss, died August 26, 1902 in San Francisco. Levi Strauss was born in Buttenheim on February , in the region of Bavaria, Germany. At the age of 18, Strauss, his mother and two sisters traveled to the United. Levi Strauss & Co. also known as. Levi s, is a clothing company. known worldwide for its Levi s. brand of denim jeans.

“Gold! Gold from the American River!” Brannan shouted up and down Market Street in San Francisco. He held his hat in one hand and waved a bottle of gold dust in the other. San Franciscans had received false news of gold before. But by all accounts, Brannan’s performance sent residents running in search of riches.

Brannan had a good reason for spreading the news rather than panning for gold himself. The canny entrepreneur owned a general store that served the workers at Sutter’s Mill, the site where gold was discovered. And in the week between learning about the discovery and yelling about it in San Francisco, he’d bought all the picks and shovels in the city.

Brannan’s announcement helped spur a seminal event in California’s history. As Brannan raked in money selling mining supplies, his actions also, years later, led to the coining of a famous maxim:

During a gold rush, sell shovels.

When you start a company, the most important consideration should be working on a product you love (a startup can be a 5+ year endeavor so if you don’t love it you probably won’t be able to endure the ups and downs).  A secondary consideration should be matching the skills of the founders to the market.

Two Dozen Reasons to LOVE Valentine’s Day

Why wish for 2 dozen roses when they will just shrivel up and die when you can get an amazing handmade gift that will last forever? Click on each photo to take you directly to that listing.  You will easily be able to fill all your shopping needs for the one that you love or … read more

Why wish for 2 dozen roses when they will just shrivel up and die when you can get an amazing handmade gift that will last forever?

Click on each photo to take you directly to that listing. 

You will easily be able to fill all your shopping needs for the one that you love or even for yourself!

 

Valentine’s Table Runner

 

Wine Gift Bag

 

Love bug Hair Clippies

Valentine’s Dress set for American Girl Dolls

 

Little Miss Love Bug Tee

Gladiolus Watercolor Painting

 

Hand Stamped Necklace

 

Hand Painted Love Birds Sign

 

Owl Skater Skirt

 

Valentine Bun Wrap

 

Valentine Minnie Dress

 

Super Hero Lanyard

 

Embroidered Men’s Ties

 

Valentine Minnie Tee

 

Valentine’s Coasters

 

Valentine Love Necklace

 

Ribbon Headband with Bow

 

DIY Make your own Valentine’s Cards

 

Paris Love Dress

 

Puppy Love Bubblegum Necklace

 

Valentine’s Pinwheel Bow

 

Valentine’s Goat Milk Soap

 

Love Knot Bracelet

 

Conversation Hearts Hairbow

Zuckerberg Announces BIG Changes for Business Pages on Facebook. Coming Soon in 2018. Small Business Apocalypse.

Did you hear about the BIG changes coming to Facebook for businesses??!! straight from the horse’s mouth: Last Thursday, Zuckerberg stated the company intends to bring personal interaction back to Facebook, ensuring that users see more of their friends’ posts and less content from brands, media and other groups that utilize Facebook pages. While this … read more

Did you hear about the BIG changes coming to Facebook for businesses??!!

straight from the horse’s mouth:

Last Thursday, Zuckerberg stated the company intends to bring personal interaction back to Facebook, ensuring that users see more of their friends’ posts and less content from brands, media and other groups that utilize Facebook pages. While this will make for a more enjoyable social experience on Facebook, one of the drawbacks of this change is that many of the businesses, brands or media that users want to follow will not be visible as often. For instance, if you follow a business page and enjoy seeing their posts, this new change will hide most of their updates.

Zuckerberg Announces Big Changes for Facebook Pages in 2018

As if the algorithms and the pay to play post “boosting” didn’t do enough damage to our small businesses, now he’s coming right out and saying that businesses and brands will be buried and hidden even more!!

Those of us who managed to dodge paying to boost posts just to reach a 1/10 of the people who actually follow our pages, will suffer even more. Small businesses who don’t have an advertising budget will all but be obliterated in the new Zuckerberg Facebook 2018 plan…

For those of you that have trusted my advice and suggestions in the past as far as social media go, I want you to know I am working on an ebook to explain these changes and I’m brainstorming workarounds for this “new era” for businesses coming SOON on facebook. I”ve been quoted in several publications (blogs, newspapers, magazines etc) as well as being quoted in two books as a small business and social media expert. If there’s a will there’s a way, and Goosie is on the case…

Please comment and let me know if you’d be interested in my ebook, and what you think of these new changes Zuckerberg thinks will be so awesome


Starting your small business: Top six tips for new businesses

So to get started, create your own simple, one-page business plan that is a high-level overview of the small business you’re about to start. Preliminary Steps: Define your vision. What will be the end result of your business? Define your mission. Different to a vision, your mission should explain the reason your company exists. Define your objectives. What … read more

So to get started, create your own simple, one-page business plan that is a high-level overview of the small business you’re about to start.

Preliminary Steps:

  1. Define your vision. What will be the end result of your business?
  2. Define your mission. Different to a vision, your mission should explain the reason your company exists.
  3. Define your objectives. What are you going to do — what are your goals — that will lead to the accomplishment of your mission and your vision?
  4. Outline your basic strategies. How are you going to achieve the objectives you just bulleted?
  5. Write a simple action plan. Bullet out the smaller task-oriented actions required to achieve the stated objectives

That’s it. It might be longer than one page, but it will surely be more organized and shorter than a full business plan, which could take weeks to write. If you need more information on the one-page business plan, or want to write out a full-blown finance-centered business plan

Decide on a budget

While I highly recommend you keep your costs as low as possible, you’ll still need to determine a budget to get started and how much you’ll be able to spend. If you’re self funding, be realistic about numbers and whatever you anticipate your budget to be. I’ve found that an additional 20 percent tacked on for incidentals is a realistic overage amount that helps you plan your burn rate.

Your burn rate is how much cash you’re spending month over month. It’s an important number for you to figure out to determine how long you can stay in business before you need to turn a profit.

You should set up your business with profitability in mind the first 30 to 90 days. It’s possible. But have a budget reserve so you can survive if things go leaner than expected.

Decide on a legal entity

Filing paperwork to start a business costs money. Often, depending on your state, it can be a lot of money. You’ll need to account for city or municipality licensing, state incorporation or business entity fees and more. Do a thorough search ahead of time to determine what the filing fees are for your city, county and state before starting any business.

Often in the initial “test” phase for your small business, it can be wise to start as a sole proprietor, as it means less paperwork and up-front expenses. That can save you some big-time cash while you determine the viability of your business. Do be aware though that acting as a sole proprietor can put you at personal risk, so you’ll want to weigh the benefits vs. risks and then speak with a local attorney or tax professional to decide which is smarter for your short-term vs. long-term goals.

You can always file for a business entity once you’ve proven in the first three to six months of business that you’ve got a viable, sustainable model.

Take Care of the Finances

Whatever business entity you decide on, keep the funds separate from your personal accounts. This is a big mistake that makes tax time and financials so utterly and horribly confusing. It’s really easy to set up a free business checking account with your local credit union or bank. All you’ll need is your filing paperwork, sole proprietor licensing information and an initial deposit to get set up from most financial institutions.

Don’t pay for an account or get any kind of credit lines yet, just get a holding place you can keep your money separated from your personal accounts. This should take you no more than hour at the financial institution of your choice.

Get your online presence/Website:

Regardless of whether your business will be brick or mortar or online, you’ll need a website and that means securing a URL. Popular domain sites such as idotzdomains and Go Daddy will allow you to search for the website domain address of your choice and purchase it for as little as $.99 (be careful with GoDaddy though, they will jack the price up in subsequent years so be sure

If you’re starting an online business, you can tie your domain to an online shopping cart and store front such as Gypsy Spoonful  or you can build a basic website yourself on top of your URL with do-it-yourself drag-and-drop site builders such as Weebly for a low fee.

Test Sales

You have enough of a foundation now that you can start testing some sales. Try to spread the word in inexpensive and creative ways.

If you have a service-based business, get involved with your local chamber of commerce or small-business chapter immediately and ask what resources are available for you to speak, present or share information about your business. If you have a product-based business, test the viability of your product at local flea markets, farmers markets or other community events to test what the public really thinks (and if they’ll purchase) from you. Start social media accounts and post photos of your products to see if the public is looking for the items you create.

Drive traffic to your shop/website through simple Facebook Ads with capped budgets, or set up a simple Google AdWords account with a budget cap to test if traffic is going to your site.

The admin team of Gypsy Spoonful is happy to help you learn how to drive traffic to your shop~ where else can you get hands on help from the owners of the company?