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Wednesday
Jul182018

Mommy Monday:: Susan Hagen

Your name and business name:

My name is Susan Hagen and my business name is LISU Wedding and Handmade Jewellery. I also sell on Etsy.

When did you start your business?

I started my business in April 2012 after doing an online business course from the London Jewellery School on how to sell online.  I had a part-time job at the time and my jewellery business is part-time too. I have been making jewellery for over twelve years now and I still enjoy making it.

What services/products do you offer?

I offer a bespoke jewellery service where you can tell me what you want me to make for you and I also make tiaras, hair fascinators, necklaces, pendant necklaces, wire wrapped pendant necklaces, wire weaved pendant necklaces, wire wrapped rings, bracelets and rhinestone quartz watch bracelets.

How do you balance family and business?

As I am working from home in my business, and both of my children are grown up now, I just work around things that need to be done.  I do not have a set timetable each day for what I do.  I tend to post on Instagram first thing in the morning and mostly every day.  When I have made new items of jewellery I try to photograph the items straight away but this does not always happen.  I then put the items of jewellery on my website and Etsy.  I sometimes work on my business at night and also at the weekend depending on what I am making.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?

Basically if you have an idea of what to make and you think that it will sell then just go for it. You will not know if you will succeed or not unless you try.

How do your market your business?

I market my business mostly on social media now and Pinterest.  When I first started my business I had adverts in quite a few magazines such as Vogue, Craftseller and a few other jewellery making magazines.  I was never sure if this helped me make a sale or not and it was also getting too expensive doing the adverts. Now I use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to market my business. 

My social media links are:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LISUWeddingandHandmadeJewellery

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suzy068

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/LISUJewellery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LISUSuzy068

 

Wednesday
Feb082017

New Bassibag Offers Parents a Travel Crib, Changing Station and Diaper Bag, All in One

Like many first time parents, Dana Sisk and her husband found themselves researching a multitude of baby products. Needing a multi-function diaper bag that was both attractive and affordable, Sisk developed a practical solution. The Bassibag was born from her storm of creative necessity and is both functional and cute to carry.

“Our Bassibag is unique because it is one (lightweight) bag that is capable of serving three functions,” said Sisk. The three in one bag serves not only as a diaper bag but also as a travel crib and changing station. It serves a valuable and practical function as a travel bag and crib when away from home as well as a clean and sanitary changing station while traveling to your destination. “It has plenty of room for all of the normal baby necessities as well as an insulated bottle bag,” Sisk added.

To add to the Bassibag’s appeal, it is also stylish. “I combined my love for bright colors and patterns with the need for practical utility in order to design a bag that would meet our needs and still be cute to carry,” Sisk said. The Bassibag features contemporary and attractive fabrics.

The Bassibag has been met with great applause and customers have been extremely satisfied with their purchases. “I love my Bassibag! I take it everywhere. It’s so versatile and makes traveling so much easier!” is what one happy customer had to say.

Bassibag is available on Amazon and qualifies for free, two-day shipping for Prime Members. If you’re not a Prime member, standard shipping is still free!

Dana Sisk, creator of the Bassibag, resides in Durham, N.C. with her husband and daughter. She can be reached for comment at info@bassibag.com. Or, you can find her and Bassibag on Facebook!


Tuesday
Jan242017

Holding Yourself Accountable {In Three Easy Steps}

I love setting goals and making lists of potential accomplishments. Each year, I write down several personal and business related goals for the upcoming 12 months. This list always includes an income goal for the year. In the past, I’ve written it down in December or January and not given it much consideration thereafter. Until, of course, the next calendar year rolls around and it’s time to do it again. Then, I would inevitably realize that I did not meet the goal I set. Not even close.

This year, I wanted things to be different. And, so far they are. I’ve exceeded my January goal by more than 46 percent and we still have a week to go! How did this happen? Was it just blind luck? I don’t think so. I implemented a couple changes and I credit them with my successful start to 2017.

First, I made sure that my goal was realistic. In past years I’ll admit I was guilty of just writing down a number that looked and felt good. I didn’t really give it much thought or research what it would take to get there. This year was different from the get-go. I looked at my numbers from the recent past and tried to gauge what I thought would be decent, acceptable growth from last year. I settled on a number 40 percent higher than 2016. Although a little lofty, I wanted to challenge and push myself, especially since I felt I didn’t do that last year.

Second, I broke down my goal into manageable chunks. By this I mean I simply turned my annual goal into a monthly one. I simply divided my goal by 12 to see what it would take for me to get there. This accomplished a couple things. First, it gave me clarity as to whether my goal really was realistic and achievable. I thought it was. Secondly, it forced me to think through various sales scenarios. What would I actually have to sell to meet this goal? What promotions could I offer to fit with my overall editorial calendar for the year? While there wasn’t detailed planning taking place, I did think through the year and what it would take to stay on track.

It makes sense to me that if I can consistently meet a monthly goal, I will be considerably above my total goal by December. Many of you may be in similar situations. Much of my income is generated at the end of the calendar year, before and during the holiday season. Meeting a monthly goal during the first half of the year will hopefully take some pressure off when it comes to promoting our Holiday Gift Guide and other similar promotions.

Lastly, I made a commitment to keep my goal front and center. Each week I create a to-do list so that I can keep track of tasks that need accomplished. At the top right corner, I wrote down my monthly goal. Each time I’ve made a sale this month, I’ve crossed it out and wrote what’s remaining to meet my goal. Today, I was able to cross the number off completely and instead write how much I had exceeded it by. Wow, that was a good feeling! Now, more than ever, I am committed to slaying the 2017 income goal I had set.

It has been easier than I thought to stay focused. By being realistic, breaking down my goal into manageable pieces and keeping it front of mind, I’ve been able to be successful. I’m looking forward to continuing the trend throughout the year. I’d love to hear from you! Tell us about how you hold yourself accountable in the comments!

Tuesday
Jan242017

Take Advanced Probiotics for Digestive and Immune Health

Probiotics are now being recommended by doctors more and more due to increase in digestive health issues, especially in women.  There are more cases of IBS and other gut-related health concerns today then ever before. One of the main reasons for this increase is the diet we are eating. Overall, we get less of the good bacteria that we need to fight off sickness and sustain optimum health. So now we need to supplement our diet with good bacteria.

Microbiome Plus has developed a product that helps with several areas in human health, the main ones being digestive, immune and cholesterol. Their probiotic was proven in a study to lower bad cholesterol by 11.64 percent*. This probiotic also helps with mood and weight loss, as do all effective probiotics. This is because weight-loss research suggests that healthy microflora in the gut can speed up metabolism and for mood, the probiotics help you absorb the nutrients you need to increase energy. With more energy and a healthier stomach, naturally you are going to feel better.

Microbiome Plus GI comes with a prebiotic as well. The prebiotic acts as a fertilizer for probiotics. In fact, many people take the prebiotic on its own to promote the growth of any natural probiotics they have in their system. This combination of probiotic and prebiotic are very effective in improving your digestive health, including battling bad bacteria that can cause gas, constipation, bloating and other issues.  Many people wait until they have IBS or other more serious problems before taking probiotics, but this is not the best choice. It is obviously important to maintain your health today for a better tomorrow.

If you are feeling fatigued, probiotics are most likely your answer. Of course, eating properly and exercise should always be number one, but this allergy safe and gluten-free supplement is the next best thing. Microbiome Plus probiotics were developed by doctors and clinically tested, so you know you are getting the good stuff.

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*Cholesterol Lowering Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22990854

Thursday
Jan192017

Diapers.com Offers Helpful Products for Busy, Working Moms

We all know the struggles of busy motherhood. Even if you haven’t taken the plunge into business ownership just yet, you are constantly balancing, juggling and yawning. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that you aren’t yet running a business. You may be frightened of the potential of being even busier and more tired.

Products and services that can make our lives as mom entrepreneurs easier are always a welcome sight. They come in many different forms and many different packages. Diapers.com isn’t just for diapers and baby gear. The site has a new section, Gifts for Mom, which specifically addresses things that can make our lives as moms easier.

For instance, there is the Nespresso Espresso Maker for the moms who need to stay caffeinated at all hours of the day. There is a large selection of video monitors so that you can work in your home office worry-free while baby naps.

Did you know that you can also order household items from Diapers.com and have them shipped directly to your home? Currently all toilet paper, tampons, vitamins, laundry detergent and grocery items are 25% off. This is extremely convenient for the new mom, or the mom who doesn’t want to take her little ones out to the store during cold and flu season.

The site offers free 1-2 day shipping on all orders more than $49. They also promote free and easy returns when necessary.