Month: February 2018

5 Steps To Get Into Brick and Mortar Boutiques

5 Steps To Get Into Brick and Mortar Boutiques</font color> Learn the top 5 tips on how to get your handmade products carried by local boutiques. My amazing friend, Sarah Shaw of Sarah Shaw Consulting just released a free guide on how to get your small business’ products into brick and mortar boutiques. I’ve considered … read more

5 Steps To Get Into Brick and Mortar Boutiques</font color>

Learn the top 5 tips on how to get your handmade products carried by local boutiques. My amazing friend, Sarah Shaw of Sarah Shaw Consulting just released a free guide on how to get your small business’ products into brick and mortar boutiques. I’ve considered her an expert in her field for a long time now, she’s shown that she knows the proven ways to succeed in this rough market. Just the other day in our member’s only group, we were discussing this very topic! Great timing huh? Don’t waste any time wondering how to succeed at this like a champ!


Sarah Asks,

Are you afraid to call boutique buyers? I was too when I was first starting out.

Sarah has prepared this special guide to share her time-tested formula so you can get your products into the stores of your dreams.

  • You are going to get:
  • 6 ways to find the perfect buyers who already want your product!
  • The “My friend saw your store” copy and paste email script
  • Her “Perfect Follow Up” phone script so you can close the deal
  • And more…..

I know you’re absolutely going to LOVE what she’s sharing with you. There’s no time to waste, so shake a leg sister!

To get started right away and access her free PDF guide, click this link to access your guide

 

Hustle: Do you have it? What does Hustling Mean To You?

The definition of hustle varies with different individuals. To some, its the art of working extra hard to meet your goals while to others, it’s a lifestyle you live by every day. As they say, the end results justify the means. We asked CEOs what hustle means to them and here are the responses. #1- … read more

The definition of hustle varies with different individuals. To some, its the art of working extra hard to meet your goals while to others, it’s a lifestyle you live by every day. As they say, the end results justify the means.

We asked CEOs what hustle means to them and here are the responses.

#1- Powering through the hard parts

Thanks to Jake Jorgovan, Lead Cookie!It’s not about working nights and weekends forever, that just leads to burnout. Instead hustle is about working those nights and weekends when it’s necessary to get over that next hump. Too many people confuse hustle with being a workaholic. You simply can’t stay in hustle mode for your entire life. There are seasons for hustle, and there are seasons to focus on your personal life. It’s important to understand that balance.

 #2- GSD’ing

Thanks to Spencer Chambers Hustle to me is summed up in what I like to call GSD’ing. What is GSD’ing you may ask? In appropriate language, this means Get “Stuff” Done. Work hard, never take no for an answer, make things happen, etc. It’s a really simple concept, but it takes hustle to truly execute and get stuff done on a daily basis.

#3- Simple

Thanks to Taran Ghatrora, Ellebox!Hustle to me is having a clear vision and an unbeatable work ethic to get there. You can’t get stuck in the planning phase or in overthinking.

#4- Executing things

Hustle is the ability to execute steps forward on ideas using discipline to motivate you, instead of inspiration or whim. Your idea is pretty much shit, unless you actually execute on it and do the thing.

Thanks to Ben Woods, Weathered Coalition!

#5- A number of things

Hustling is pursuing your passion when others aren’t. Hustling is saying no to happy hour to work on your business. Hustling is waking up every day at 5 a.m. to write a new company blog post, answer emails or listen to motivational videos. Hustling is spending most of your days alone because you are fervently working to grow your business.

Thanks to Zondra Wilson, Blu Skin Care, LLC!

#6-Having grit

Hustle means having grit. Sticking to it and getting things done while thinking strategically and being engaged. Hustling is about being effective and following through. It’s about the process — start to finish. Be strategic, savvy, and execute. It’s a go-go-go, get it done mentality.

Thanks to Deborah Sweeney, MyCorporation.com!

#7- Performance and productivity

For most entrepreneurs and small business owners, hustle in its most literal sense means that you have to perform and be productive at a high level each and every day. If not, your competitors are likely to get a leg up on you. In a more subjective sense, hustle is a term used regarding a side hustle, which is how many of us get started. If you can find something to do in your spare time which generates income for you, there’s nothing to say that it can’t eventually turn into a full-time position and career for you.

Thanks to Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers!

#8- Motivation and persistence

Thanks to Tom Szaky, TerraCycle!To me, hustle is motivation and persistence. It is being motivated by the word “no,” or the desire to do something others think is not possible. It is thinking big and not settling for anything less than great. Mediocre will not suffice. When TerraCycle first started about 15 years ago, we sold organic worm poop fertilizer. Selling to mom n’ pop stores would’ve been easy, but I wanted more. I wanted to see it on shelves in big box stores so I called relentlessly, no matter how many times they didn’t respond. Finally, we got a meeting and a short time later our fertilizer was on store shelves. Today, we no longer make the fertilizer and TerraCycle is known for recycling difficult to recycle materials. We operate in 21 countries and were just qualified by the SEC for a Regulation A offering which enables any level investor to purchase shares of the company. The capital raise will be used to acquire businesses, allowing us to continue to innovate ways to solve some of the world’s biggest waste problems. Thinking big and persevering despite the no’s in life is my definition of hustle.

#9- Making things happen

It takes drive, creativity, energy, passion, chutzpah, and resilience. As the founder and CEO I know there are going to be times when doors close or I have to pivot to turn my vision into reality. If it were easy someone would have thought of it and done it before. If you are committed to making your dream come true you have to hustle. No one else wakes up every day thinking about your business. It is on you to hustle. If you want it more then you just have to work harder and hustle to make it happen.

Thanks to Paige Arnof-Fenn, Mavens & Moguls!

 #10- Solving problems

Hustle is a term that gets thrown around a lot by entrepreneurs, we say with pride that we worked 14 hours a day for the last week. I’m working on being more conscious of framing my relationship to the word hustle, I now relate it to resourcefulness. When you’re running your own business, a lot of different things come down the pipe, and you’ve got to be able to dig deep and have a high capacity for problem-solving.

Thanks to Justin Shaw, One & Zero!

#11- Hard work

Hustle is working day in and day out even when the results aren’t showing. It’s doing all of the work when you don’t feel like it or you’re stressed. Hustle means not complaining and putting in the hours no matter what because you’re dedicated. In business, it takes a long time for the fruits of your labor to show their effects. I believe you have to be willing to work very hard now for rewards later. That’s what hustle means to me.

Thanks to Carmine M, Pierro Shoes!

#12- It’s everything

Thanks to Rune Sovndahl, Fantastic Services!Business and hustle go hand in hand when being an entrepreneur and it can be fantastic, but also really challenging at the same time. What is “hustle”, you may ask? It’s everything. To me it is breathing, living and feeling the pulse of the business. It’s about making constant growth sustainable. Hustle is about a constant state of peak performance and ability to find the positive in every situation. It is also used to remind one that good things don’t come to those who wait – it comes to those who work hard, sleep and breathe work, and deliver. No matter what type of problem is thrown at you, you have to keep hustling!

#13- To keep moving

Hustle to me means rolling with the punches and never giving up. When your business or your professional career there are going to be low times, failures and even lull’s. You need to make sure to keep working through these times. This is where most people give up and try something new. Have faith and believe in yourself. Hustle your way through these hard times.

Thanks to Garrett Smith, Pitch + Pivot!

#14- Several things

Being the Executive Director of a very small nonprofit, hustle means something very different to me than how the average CEO probably sees it. For me, making as many connections as possible and going to as many networking events as possible are critical. I also need to be fearless when it comes to asking people, companies, and organizations for support and resources for our organization whenever we need it. Hustle also means having my elevator pitch down to a science, so I can easily and efficiently sell our organization to potential new supporters and partners on the spot. For me, hustling also means keeping in touch with connections even if you can’t work with them right away, because you never know if they might be able to help you later on, or who else they might know who might be able to help you, too. Additionally, being ready with a list of things you need assistance with – and being ready to vocalize that list of needs when opportunities arise – is definitely critical to hustling, as is working all channels available to you (like using social media for instance) to crowd-source resources and connections that can benefit us as well.

Thanks to Melissa Norden, Bottomless Closet!

#15- When you say, enough talking – it’s time to do something

Your business began with a dream, that dream morphed into a vision which then becomes a goal. The world is full of dreamers. You have to do more than dream and believe; you have to have a shared goal and hustle to reach it! We teach our team in our EntreLeadership classes to clearly define dreams, visions and goals, share them and share them with their teams. Hustle happens when the team fights and claws together to get there.

Thanks to Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Solutions!

#16- Making it work

“Detroit Hustle” is a known state of mind in the Motor City, where my outdoor advertising agency is headquartered. To me, hustle means always making it work and never giving up. I’ve worked essentially 24/7 since starting Brooklyn Outdoor 5 years ago and I wouldn’t change it for the world. My days are jam-packed with meetings, conference calls, and tight deadlines. I think the most important part of the hustle is being invigorated by hard work instead of feeling drained.

Thanks to Candice Simons, Brooklyn Outdoor!

What does hustle mean to you? Tell us in the comments below. Don’t forget to join

(courtesty of CEO Blog Nation)

What’s New in the Gypsyhood

What a banner week for Gypsy Spoonful!  We brought in many new makers and have many more knocking at the door.  Today we are going to feature our newest listings from the brand new bunch of movers & shakers. Click on the highlighted shop name to go directly to their shop and browse around!   … read more

What a banner week for Gypsy Spoonful!  We brought in many new makers and have many more knocking at the door.  Today we are going to feature our newest listings from the brand new bunch of movers & shakers.

Click on the highlighted shop name to go directly to their shop and browse around!

 

Do you eat it or do you use it for a delightful treat in the bath?  Seriously, how amazing is this Waffles & Strawberries bath  bomb by Plainly Simply Skincare?  Just reading the description made my mouth water!  I can’t wait to see the rest of her products as she loads up her shop because this one is divine!

 

 

Next up is a shop so unique in many ways.  First of all, Ammadors is our first official man shop!  WooHoo!!!!  Secondly, his products are pretty awesome.  He creates cigar humidors out of ammo boxes and cool items with bullet casings.  And if you take the time to read what his shop is all about, you will love it even more.

 

 

Studio 1153 started off with a bang with this gorgeous purple heart necklace.  We can’t wait to see all her products as she gets her shop filled up!

 

Sheepish Stitches is one of our newest crochet girls and you can see why we are so excited to have her on board?  From gorgeous scarves to those ever popular beanies, you won’t be disappointed to jump in her shop and take a look.

 

 

Mealie Moo Boutique is our newest clothing designer and she started out strong with some darling little dresses using unique fabrics and adorable styles.  She has many ready to ship dresses in her shop!  Check her out!

 

Doesn’t this lavender sugar scrub just look amazing?  Farmhouse Relaxing has a great line of products for all your skin care needs.  This is her first listing but we can’t wait to see what else she has to offer.

 

And our very newest store is Pure Mystical Mayhem.  She offers a variety of holistic healing aids and dream catchers.  Her store is filling up with some really unique products to check out.

 

I hope you have taken the time to check out all of our  newest shops and will keep coming back to see what we have to offer.  We have been adding new members every day so as they are listing, they will be featured here as well.  If you feel like you want to be a part of this amazing journey with us, feel free to apply:

Join: Be a Maker on Gypsy Spoonful. Apply for A Shop Today

Buy A Domain Name: Where to Buy The Cheapest Domain Registrars Around Reviewed

You’ve got your business up and running, you’ve opened your Gypsy Spoonful shop and now you are looking to secure your WAHM owned small business with a corresponding domain name, but you don’t want to pay a fortune for it. Who offers the cheapest domain registration? There are so many domain registrars out there, how … read more

You’ve got your business up and running, you’ve opened your Gypsy Spoonful shop and now you are looking to secure your WAHM owned small business with a corresponding domain name, but you don’t want to pay a fortune for it. Who offers the cheapest domain registration?

There are so many domain registrars out there, how do you know which one to work with? We’ve published this article to give you some insight into the different companies out there!

So, here we’re going to focus solely on price.

What is a Domain Name?
According to Wikipedia, “A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS)”. In more plain English, this is kind of like your address because it gives all internet servers around the world one unique place to find you and your website.

Since not all domain names are available, you always need to check whether or not the one you want to use for your company is taken.

A domain name is the identity of your business and, therefore, you have to be very careful when choosing one. It should be meaningful and serve your purpose well. Of course, having a memorable domain name can be useful and having one that falls off the tongue is great for marketing purposes

For example, for a business website, a domain name which contains the company name is an ideal choice. It could also refer to the website’s content or at least allude to it. For more creative applications, you might consider a quirkier domain name that will intrigue potential visitors.

Read more http://how2oo.com/how-to-get-a-domain-name-free/

Finding a Reliable and Affordable Domain Name Registrar
First, the most important function of a registrar is that they allow you to easily and effectively administer and manage your domain name. Functionality or features to look for in a domain name registrar include:

  • An established reputation (given the ease of becoming a registrar, there are many fly-by-night outfits out there that will take your money and run so BE CAREFUL! )
  • No hidden fees (such as a fee for transferring a domain out to another registrar)
  • Comprehensive administration (for nameserver, mail, who-is records, etc.)
  • Reasonably priced registration fees
  • Accredited by a governing body (such as ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit organization)
  • Easy transfer of domain name in and out of registrar
  • Domain name forwarding (something we suggest to all our shop owners on GypsySpoonful
  • Manual and auto renewal – Careful with this one. Many registrars will try everything they can to auto-renew by default, which may result in you renewing a bunch of domain names every year that you don’t want to renew.
  • Private whois registration – Conceals your whois data, i.e. your name, address, phone, etc. from prying eyes

Find out MORE About WhoIs

  • Do you need email accounts? Some registrars will host your domain’s email for you. This is practical if you need email up and running but are not yet ready to host.
  • Customer support – It’s crucial that your domain registrar have good customer support, whether via phone, email, or live chat.
  • Note: We leave hosting out of this discussion because we don’t recommend you host with your registrar. Why? Because they are two very different specialty areas and it is hard to be great at both… it’s like eating at a restaurant that sells both Chinese and Thai food and expecting both to be authentic!

How We Chose Our Rankings
This blog post’s rankings were based on price. So you may be confused when you see that there are some companies with more cons than others that are ranked higher up. Just keep in mind that the rankings are purely based on the renewal price.

Inexpensive, Reliable Domain Name Registrars (Table)
These rankings are based on price, but we also recommended the top 2 above because they are quality registrars where you will be able to reliably host your domain names. You may well find a less expensive option, but odds are they are not an approved registrar and you may have difficulty managing your names.

#1 Idotz Review

Idotz has the cheapest introductory AND renewal pricing. It’s been established for a super long time, making it our #1 pick!

Namecheap Review
#2 Namecheap
Namecheap has the cheapest renewal rate and an established business history, making it our #2 pick. If you’re looking for easy and affordable domain management without unnecessary frills, Namecheap is a good company to go with. It’s easy to transfer your domains in and out as well.

1&1 Review
#3 1&1 While 1&1 has a great introductory rate of $0.99 for the first year, the renewal rate of $14.99/year will make this more expensive than iDotz or Namecheap if held for more than 2 years. *Also, please note, if you’re paying with paypal, you aren’t allowed to pay with your paypal balance for some reason. Only a credit card or bank account transfer is allowed. (that seems a bit sketchy to me, so be careful)

 

Below are the reviews for other companies ranked according to price.

GoDaddy Review
#4 GoDaddy

GoDaddy comes with a big name and is best known for their web hosting solutions. It’s easy to get started with GoDaddy except checking out can be a bit confusing for some. Customers say they constantly try to upsell which is extremely annoying and their customer support could use some help since they have long wait times. Be careful if paying with paypal, they auto-renew your domain(s) and if you only want it for 1 year, you’ll be billed the following year, and the following year…and so on…

Host Gator Review
#5 HostGator
Host Gator is a big corporation with many awards under its belt. They’ve been around for a long time so they’ve had plenty of time to build their company. They pride themselves in customer service and have many features to choose from.

Moniker Review
#6 Moniker
We tried to research Moniker but had difficulties finding reliable information on them. If you’ve used Moniker let us know! It’s the cheapest that I’ve found for 1 year without a super low introductory bait & switch tactic. 

Who’s Your Favorite Registrar?
While there are quite a few domain registration companies out there that meet the above criteria, there are even more that don’t. And of those that do, there are many that charge above and beyond the wholesale price of a domain name (for example, register.com, which charges a $38 renewal rate, or Network Solutions, which comes in at a hefty $35 per year).

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Which domain name registrar have you used? Was it a good or bad experience?

Follow the Colorful Rainbow to Gypsy Spoonful

Dreary winter days make it hard to look forward to all the bright colors of spring.  Take a few moments to soak in the colors of the rainbow from a few of our colorful makers this week. Click on each photo to go to the individual shops!   You can’t help but feel  colorful when … read more

Dreary winter days make it hard to look forward to all the bright colors of spring.  Take a few moments to soak in the colors of the rainbow from a few of our colorful makers this week.

Click on each photo to go to the individual shops!

 

You can’t help but feel  colorful when you are sporting a great bow or clippies.  Check out all the great hair accessories from our very own A Girl and Her Bow.

 

Annalee and Me makes some of the best variety of items.  From mouse pads, fun tees, and even darling little doll dresses.

 

You can’t go wrong with The Barry Patch.  Great kitchen products, scented melts, and essential oil mixtures for everyone.  I have a few of her oil rollers and they all are amazing!

 

These bright and fun bags by D84 Designs will make your little one stand out everywhere you go.  She offers personalization on all her backpacks, lunch boxes, and bags.

 

 

Tiny Crafts offers some of the best educational products and has fun keychains too.  Crayon keepers, puppets, and masks along with a variety of other products.

 

Do you ever want to just make your own tee?  Scrump Stitches has great heat transfers that you can get personalized as you wish and put on your own shirt.  And let’s not forget those fabulous bows she makes too!  Wow!

 

 

Are you planning a vacation to Disney and need a totally unique tee?  Magical Memories by Jessica is your girl.  She does all her applique work from start to finish.  Her talent shows through in every design she makes.

 

 

I could gush on & on about the quality of work you will get from Lace and Sneakers but I would fill up the whole page about it.  All I can say is take a look at her shop and know that if you order an item from her, you are getting your money’s worth.  I personally purchased a dress from her and show everyone how amazing her workmanship is!  (and seriously, how cute is that Raggedy Ann & Andy dress?)

 

Kit Kat Bows & Clothes has some of the most unique little tees and always has the option to have a matching bow with it.  Go check out all the great sayings she has.

 

 

And last but definitely not least…..you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous piece of work from Faye Malone Design.  She offers super unique bags for teens and women, gorgeous boutique sets for kids, and has a great line of craft vendor aprons for any of you sellers who are getting ready for all those summer markets.

 

I hope these few makers have brightened up your day.  I know I love browsing through all our talented sellers here at Gypsy Spoonful.  Until next time–Happy Shopping!

 

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Fresh Friday Finds!

Happy Friday to you all!  We have had a busy week bringing in new members and the shops are filling up with some amazing new products.  Keep your eyes peeled as Gypsy Spoonful is taking over the handmade world by storm! Click on the highlighted shop name to see all the awesome products by each … read more

Happy Friday to you all!  We have had a busy week bringing in new members and the shops are filling up with some amazing new products.  Keep your eyes peeled as Gypsy Spoonful is taking over the handmade world by storm!

Click on the highlighted shop name to see all the awesome products by each maker.

One of our newest makers is Kustom Cross Stitch, who makes amazing cross stitch patterns.  Here is just a small sampling of what she offers.  Aren’t they amazing???  They are truly a work of art that you can make for yourself!

 

 

Lovely Stitches Crochet has just joined in and her first listing is to die for.  How darling is this sloth coffee cozy?  I can’t wait to see the rest of what she has to offer.

 

 

From adorable clothing to coffee mugs and “mom” glasses, Kotton Kandy Couture is going to have just what you need.  Keep an eye on her shop!

 

 

Pat’s Findings is just the perfect addition to our jewelry section on Gypsy Spoonful.  As she keeps loading up her shop, you are going to be in love with each piece.

 

 

Distressed jeans are all the rage and you will be happy to find that we have our very own line coming in with Windy City Denim Co.  She is happy to work with you on customs if you want a certain brand or size, so drop her a line and let her do her magic!

 

 

Do you have a brand new baby?  Do you love all natural products for your skin?  You need to check out the natural line of products by Baby Bear Naturals!  From natural diaper cream to soothing sunburn spray and everything in between, this is the best shop for all you crunchy mamas!

 

Stay tuned for more new items as we bring in new makers every week!  Do you think you have a product that we need on Gypsy Spoonful?  Feel free to apply.  We love new faces!

Join: Be a Maker on Gypsy Spoonful. Apply for A Shop Today