After months of indecisiveness (and just plain laziness), I'm finally getting my shop back on track. Finally.
I've found how difficult it is to maintain an Etsy shop while having a full-time job, social life, etc. And being a 25 year old girl living in the city, the last thing I want to do is give up anything! But I've realized I have no excuses, there is nothing stopping me from reaching my goals. So thankfully, I kicked myself in the butt and my motivation has been switched into high gear. With anything, you get out what effort you put in. So here is me putting in 110% effort from now on, and I'm so excited to share this journey with you all!
There will be changes, but change can be good. Adapting and keeping up with trends is all part of the business, and with my newfound motivation I will be on top of it all! I'm currently working on getting rid of unpopular products to make room for the new, and who doesn't love new stuff?! It's time to step up my game, if I want to be a big player I have to start acting like one.
So here I am, world! I'm ready.. and I'm comin' for ya!
I get excited easily, and what excites me more than anything? Starting a new project.
New ideas, new possibilities, and above all, trips to Michaels for new supplies! I see stuff in stores and on Pinterest and I think, I can make that. I am always ready to create, to figure things out and make things on my own. So why shouldn't I? It's great to start new things and make as much as I can... right?
Many a time I have tried to take my business in a hundred different directions at the same time. When you're running a business, it's great to get excited and start new projects. But from my experience this is only good to an extent. I have gotten so caught up trying to make more and more products because I wanted a bigger opportunity to make a profit. But when you try to create so many different products and try to do so many different things, you lose track of why you started your business in the first place. The best thing you can do to help your business and yourself in this situation is to focus your efforts. Specialize in a small number of products, and don't try to be good at everything!
So when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, get back to your roots. Remember why you started your own business in the first place. Was it to satisfy other people's needs? Probably not. Was it to make money? Maybe. But the one thing we can all agree on is that you want to create; you want to make things, whether it’s a product or a service, that people will love and use. Don’t get caught up in the retail/money-making aspect of the job. Get back to your roots and always keep in mind why you started.
With great excitement, we announce the launch of our new "Cheers" Stemless Wine Glasses.
We've had stemless wine glasses in our shop before (from our event in Baltimore - Oct '15) but these are different. These are exciting for us because it is the start of our shop's all new direction. We are kicking up our game and adding all new products.
After the "Cheers" glasses, expect to see the adorable Polka Dot Stemless Wine Glasses mid-next week, along with many other variations of designs. These glasses have endless potential for new products, and that makes me super nerdy excited.
*insert giddy craft loving giggle here*
Since it is the time of year that we all love so much, tax season, I was interested in seeing where I got the most orders from in 2015.
Texas came in first by a landslide, with North Carolina in second and Florida a close third.
Thanks to all those who made 2015 such a successful year! Who will it be next year?
The Love Ring: the product that started it all... Who would have guessed that a ring made out of wire could have started all this?
All it took was a little inspiration. I saw a similar product on Pinterest, and my entrepreneur mind immediately thought, 'I can do that.' So I picked up some old jewelry pliers, sat down and got to work.
Within the first month of opening my Etsy shop I had over 150 orders. In the first 6 months, I had over 1,000. I would wake up at 7am and work all day making orders until 4:30pm so I could get to the post office in time. I'd come home, eat dinner and rest for about an hour, then go right back to work until 4am. I was getting more orders than I could handle, but I was loving every minute of it.
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit; I was always looking for something I could make and sell myself (and still do!) My family had a yard sale when I was 9 years old, and my friend Jennifer and I set up a table selling wooden frames we had painted. We were JK Krafts, business was boomin', and our parents had themselves a bunch of hand painted JK Krafts originals.
It has always been my dream to run my own business, and I had finally found my start with the Love Ring. I started my Etsy shop on June 19th, 2012, and have not turned back since. Without the Love Ring, I wouldn't be where I am today. As I said in my Behind the Design post, Hint of Charm would not be the shop it is today.
Thank you, Pinterest, and thank you Love Ring!
When preparing for an interview, you always brainstorm answers to questions you might be asked; name a situation when you managed a conflict, why should we hire you, what is your biggest flaw. That last one was always a trickster, but not because there’s nothing wrong with me (kidding…… but no, really, I’m perfect), but because you never want your potential employer to see any bad in you. An interview is usually your one and only shot at landing a job. One answer could make or break you, just one mistake could cut you from the cold hard competition that is job hunting. So, how do you answer that one little question?
I used to think I would say my flaw is that I am “too detail oriented”. I mean sometimes I am, sometimes I spend ten minutes on something that takes everyone else two. But why is that always a bad thing?
With running your own business, every minuscule detail is so important. Not even talking about the creative side of the products I sell, because that’s another whole side of OCD I’m not quite ready to own up to yet. But when your business is on the line, YOUR name and brand and everything you’ve worked for, you can never be TOO detail oriented.
Site re-launch in T-minus 3 days!
Once we decided to revamp and relaunch our shop, I knew that we needed a new look. Luckily for me, a friend from high school is an amazing graphic designer. I sent her a quick text, and she took care of the rest.
I had no idea what I was looking for or what I wanted. All I knew is I needed something new, something fresh, and something that would stay current, no matter what the latest trends were.
My friend Kaitlyn, the artist extraordinaire, sent me six different sets of logos.. Six! And everything she had done was amazing. But it wasn't until after she explained her design to me that I fell in absolute love.
And that was it. My mind was made. The wire rings are what started this whole amazing journey. Without them, and without the support and love of my customers, Hint of Charm would not be the shop it is today.
I was in love with the design and the concept, and knew that we had the perfect logo.
For extra fun: check out my friend Kaitlyn's work at www.kaitlynschmeiser.com !
Hint of Charm is coming back from a long holiday break with exciting news: we are revamping our shop and re-launching! Announcing the all new Hint of Charm Designs, launching February 1st, 2016.
After hours of planning, many upsets making me want to give up, and starting all over again, the time has come. We are finally stepping up our game, introducing an all new design, along with new products and features.
Since our opening in June 2012, Hint of Charm has featured many different logos and shop headers. With a little bit of outside help, we have finally decided on a design that we absolutely love! Our all new logo will be prominent in our Etsy shop, social media sites, as well as our products.
Learn the meaning behind our new design later this week!
It all started with a simple wire ring and moved to monogrammed vinyl products. We aren't getting rid of the products you love, but improving them. Hint of Charm will be offering the same great products along with a few new ones that we are sure you will love just the same.
We will be announcing new products every month, along with some new partnerships that we are really excited about!
As a new designer, one of the hardest things for me is coming up with products that attract the masses. And being that I run an online shop, I can reach the masses very easily, so I have to make sure that what I design and sell is suitable for large numbers of people.
I recently attended the Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival in Baltimore, MD, where I had a small table set up with a few other vendors. It is an annual festival where families and young children come to make paper lanterns, eat delicious food from different food trucks, and listen to live music (not to mention an awesome beer garden!) At this point in my entrepreneurial journey, any opportunity that arises for me to promote my business I jump at. But of course, the problem came up... What do I sell?!
My best seller right now is the Monogrammed Keychain, but unfortunately selling custom products in person has proven to be quite difficult. I just couldn't wrap my head around any products that would relate to potential festival goers. But then I thought, beer garden, and the ideas just started flowing.
I didn't want to offer too much, so I kept it simple: a few types of glassware with just a few different designs. And the only design I could think of that would relate to all of the people at the festival: Baltimore.
I started thinking about Baltimore--any teams, commonly related icons, anything. Finally I came up with a design that I just fell in love with. I thought of the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately I can't reproduce their logos because of licensing, but I could use their colors! The team colors brought everything together: orange and black with purple and black. It just hit me.
I am in love with these designs, and hope to get them copyrighted! So to all you copycats out there... I've got my eye on you!
These Monogrammed Jewelry Plates and Bowls are super cute and so useful! I initially made myself a set with both the bowl and the plate, but of course my sister wanted one. Lucky for her we have the same initials!