The Need and Power of Networking for Small Business

As a small business owner, you know how much hard work goes into truly making a successful business. I’m not sure who originally said it, but the famous Lori Grenier from Shark Tank says: “Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” Absolute truth.Continue reading “The Need and Power of Networking for Small Business”

Advice for Starting Your Own Business from Entrepreneurs

The best advice for those of you seeking to start your own business is advice from people who have done it!  Whether you’re building your own brand or establishing yourself as a direct salesperson, it’s key to always listen listen listen. Listen to the needs of your customers, listen to wisdom from the people who have achieved success,Continue reading “Advice for Starting Your Own Business from Entrepreneurs”

Top 5 Ways to be a Savvy Business Owner

In this day and age, advice for all types of business is readily available. I believe all advice has its value, and no one is above receiving advice from someone who has been through it before. Absorb wisdom, translate it for your own business. For all the tips and tricks there are to being aContinue reading “Top 5 Ways to be a Savvy Business Owner”

What Employees Really Want From a Boss

Part of owning a small business is being a boss. You may be leading a team of 20, but you may also be a one-person show. In any circumstance, there are certain expectations employees have for a boss that they may not realize. There are the typical gripes, such as micro-management, but the truly criticalContinue reading “What Employees Really Want From a Boss”

Leading Your Small Business With Grace

Every position comes with its rewards and challenges. The role of a small business owner is no different, but often comes entangled with multiple roles all at once. You’re an accountant, a salesperson, a photographer, a lawyer, and above all, you’re a leader. What does true leadership mean? True leadership means making the tough decisions, the onesContinue reading “Leading Your Small Business With Grace”

The Discount Question: How to Mix Friends and Family with Business

A popular dilemma for small business owners, especially in the first few years of business, is how to handle friends and family while conducting business. By “handle,” I mean the disarray and anxiety encircled around pricing products for your friends and family. Most confusion comes from two major circumstances: Friends or family are expecting aContinue reading “The Discount Question: How to Mix Friends and Family with Business”

Pricing Your Handmade Products -The Cost of Goods Sold

When I first started my business, Bath, Body, Candle Moments, I had no idea what I should charge for my work. As a maker and entrepreneur, one of the most difficult aspects of the job is figuring out the proper pricing. The first step is to start doing research before launching your products. Check outContinue reading “Pricing Your Handmade Products -The Cost of Goods Sold”

Consignment: The Enemy of the Entrepreneur

The dream of every new maker and entrepreneur is to have their goods on the shelves of brick and mortar stores. We all want to walk into a shop and see our shiny, new products for sale, open to the customers of the world. This defines product entrepreneurial success. But at what cost and sacrificeContinue reading “Consignment: The Enemy of the Entrepreneur”

Learn Sewing with Simply Melissy

Melissa Quijano, an active member of the Vine Vendor Network, has been sewing since she was five years old. As her craftiness and talent grew throughout high school, she sewed her senior prom dress. Seeing the need to bring the age-old art of sewing to Staten Island, she now teaches students of all ages howContinue reading “Learn Sewing with Simply Melissy”

Determining Your Target Market

You have a great product, offer amazing service, but are not seeing any sales; the issue may not be with you or your business, but how you’re targeting your marketing. Once you work through these steps, it should help you define who your target market is and from there, guide your decision-making for your business.Continue reading “Determining Your Target Market”