Happy Saturday Loves! This Saturday shop SMALL as in #SmallBusiness! Get out and support your friends, neighborhood stores, and any cool small business you’re fond of.
With that said, I’d like to personally thank ALL of my girls who have supported me on this venture. It means the world to me. Y’all have really torn down the stereotype that friends don’t support each other.
That brings me to this statement for the entrepreneurs. I launched @houseofhaute in 2009 and then started dabbling in the store in 2013. I started out reselling my higher end items. That worked great. So then I ventured into full blown e-commerce.
I didn’t really know what I was doing. I spent years teaching myself how to buy and predict/stay ahead of trends (I’m still learning that everyday). It was trial and error. Huge risks were (and still are) involved. I’ve made plenty of mistakes (that were extremely teachable). But, I’m still passionate about my store.
So what am I saying to the other entrepreneurs looking for inner circle support?
Make sure you’re offering something worth supporting. That’s a hard pill to swallow. Trust me, I’ve swallowed a few. When I started out selling products on my site, I wasn’t offering much of anything that was really worth paying attention to. Sure I had (and still have) some banging sunnies but that was about it. I hadn’t done enough research or studied enough of who my demo was or who I wanted it to be. So sometimes it’s on us to turn around and take a look in the mirror and evaluate how WE can make our businesses better. Lastly, give outstanding customer service & support. Don’t forget, you need them, they really don’t NEED you. They have options.
If you’re offering something worth supporting, your true friends will support you in whatever way they can (THAT DOES NOT MEAN ABUSE IT - opening a different business every month). And “whatever way” means whatever WAY THEY CAN. Don’t assume you know someone’s situation. You don’t. But you’ll feel the love & support anyway. For the ones that don’t just because, well they may just admirers rather than friends... And that’s ok too. 😉
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