Monday, July 28, 2008

To Launch or Not to Launch

I was hoping to launch in May. In June. In July. As it gets down to the wire (I will be going back to teaching in September!) I am anxious to get this thing moving. I was hoping to be ready by the end of July, but alas, that was not to be. We will be going on a much anticipated beach vacation in August, so ultimately it just makes sense to wait until after the trip. So here it is ladies (and possibly gentlemen,) the official date . . . Launch Day!!
Wednesday, August 13th A grand opening on the 13th? some of you might ask, as you step over the sidewalk crack and throw salt over your shoulder. Yes, one of my very best friends was born on the 13th, so I consider it a wonderful date. Please join our celebration. Come visit, look around, shop if you are compelled to. Tell your friends about it. And please be sure to sign our guestbook. We'll have some grand opening specials for you too. You can sign up for news & special offers at www.elliebags.com. (Come back on Wordless Wednesday for a sneak peek!) And if you are reading this blog, I think you also deserve a coupon code. Use code idea10 for 10% off an OT TM System. Don't worry, I'll remind you again when it gets closer. :-) Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Meeting Other Moms- List of Mom Blogs & Websites!

One of the best parts of starting a new business is meeting other moms who are doing, or have done, the same thing. You start to see the same people on different networking sites and it's nice to, well, can I say "see a familiar face" when we're talking about cyberspace? Other moms have been so supportive and I've already learned so much from so many. I hope I have helped a few people along the way too. Here are just a few of the many mom-run, written, created . . . . sites of the moms I've met. Please support your fellow moms! Bloggers love when you leave comments! Me too :) Blogs & Information Sara with no h Zeebabee Designs Ohana Mama Tote and Tee- The Blog Mommy Detour Healthy Sunshine The Delights of Anticipation Boca Beth- One Song at a Time Stay Positive Greetings Green Your Decor The Lil' Mommy that Could Modern Mami Chicky Lounge Diva Gazette Minding Your Business Lunas Dream- Quick and Easy Recipies Ultimate Biz Assistant Birthing the Dream My Kids Registry.com Free Birthday Treats Blog Bjort & Company Blog Timely Matters The Creative Junkie Banish the Bad Mood Momma Edgy Entrepreneur Learning Early Early Education is the Key Teaching and Learning Spanish Fussy Baby Dynamic Women Entrepreneur Conference Heathen Homeschoolers Stores Zeebabee Designs Baby Fish Mouth Tote and Tee Flippee Dapper Snappers lil' aloha babies My Kids Registry The Apple of My Eye Bjort & Company On Task On Time for Kids My Plate-Mate Susan Murphy Inc. Polka-Dot Star Flowers Shopping for Two 350 Cookie Lane Chocolate Inked Michelle Masters Topiary Art I shop at home.ca Bullfrogs and Butterflies Baby Boutique Mere Minerals Banish the Bad Mood Mama Wiggle Giggle Learn Karen Cole Paper Stuk on U So many good ones and not enough time in the day. I will repost the list periodically, but you can always come back to this post! (You can bookmark us or get our RSS feed on the right hand side.) Please feel free to post YOUR blog or business or give kudos to another mom by leaving a comment!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Waiting Game

I think the number one thing you have to be willing to do when you start a business is wait. It seems no matter what it is, I am always waiting for something before I can go on to the next thing. Here's what I mean . . . March 2008 Goal: set up legal business entity. Fill out forms through legalzoom.com to form LLC, wait for 30-60 days for it to be filed. It gets filed. Wait for official paperwork with official ID numbers. Goal: Set up wholesale acounts- nope. Need to wait for official ID numbers. Goal: Set up bank account- nope. Need to wait for official ID numbers. Goal: Work with professional seamstress to fine tune the prototype. Send materials, wait. Get prototype, note changes, send materials, wait. Get next prototype, note more changes, send materials, wait. You get the picture. Goal: Work with illustrator on logo. Wait. Get images, note changes, wait. (Although I must say, this was so worth the wait! I just love the logo she came up with. It is exactly the spirit of motherhood we wanted to capture.) April 2008 Officially filed as Precious Giggles, LLC!! Goal: File Assumed Name certificate to do business as Ellie Bags. Wait for official filing date and paperwork. Goal: Armed with new logos and images, create website. Wow, no waiting here, just myself to wait for. May, June, July 2008 Goal: Launch in May. Wait. Launch in June. Wait. Launch in July? We're hoping! This is by no means a full list of all the things it has taken to get to this point. I have a new appreciation for those who have started their own business and all the work that goes into it. But I have to say that it has also been interesting and exciting. And while you’re waiting, there are always plenty of other things to get done. Hopefully, the wait to launch won't be much longer . . .

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Journey Begins . . .

As a new mom, you experience all kinds of new things. Most of them, wonderful moments you never knew existed. Then there are all the things you must learn. Read the books, talk to friends, take the advice . . . but it all comes down to finding your own way and what works best for you. Mom-hood also provides many new challenges. One of the main ones I became aware of right away was organization. It is critical to be organized, especially when leaving the house. No one wants to be caught without a diaper and please don't let me be caught without enough wipes! I was tired of having so many bags of baby's things & my things when I'd go out. Or I'd constantly be switching things back and forth between bags. I knew there had to be a better way and I began a mission to find it, along with the help of my mom. We came up with "The smart new way to carry a diaper bag" and are almost ready to introduce it to the world. I can't say it will change life as you know it completely, but it just might make your day as a mom a little simpler. Join us for our launch- sign up at http://www.elliebags.com/ to be notified when we're ready!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

An Entrepreneur?

I'm not sure when I officially became an entrepreneur. When the idea for Ellie Bags popped into my head? When I convinced my mom to help me come up with a solution to the problem? (I was tired of constantly having to switch my things back and forth between the diaper bag and my purse!) When we formed our LLC? Or will I officially join the ranks when we launch our product at the end of the month? Along the way I have learned a lot about starting a business and I've met some inspiring and supportive people too. So if you stay with me for the journey, you'll hear about a little bit of everything. My inspiration- my sweet little boy, the adventure of inventing a product and starting a company, what happens after the launch, and oh yes, how am I going to do this when I go back to work full time?! Thanks for tagging along for the ride . . .