I am so excited! Homegrown Accents is now in stores!!!! Two local stores agreed to place select items in their store. Both are in downtown Summerville, SC. So the biggest hurdle (getting through the door) is done, what's next? Well, my next challenge will be to create enough unique jewelry to keep the store owners happy. This is where I need some advise. As an artist you experience periods of non-creativity. When your there how do you find inspiration?
Sunday, December 9, 2012
As with many small business owners Homegrown Accents is a part time career. Last week I lost my full time job, so until I find a new position HGAccents is becoming my full time job. I have decided to use this time to be creative! I will be creating new products and leveraging social media a lot more. Wish me luck :)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
We can all agree that social media increases sales. Posting to Facebook and Twitter often increases visibility and your chances of making a sale. While it sounds simple often times it is difficult to accomplish when your a small business. Especially, when your a one person show. So when the holidays approach and your spending time with family and friends the last thing on your mind is spending time posting to FB. This holiday season I am planning ahead. Using a post scheduling program called Hoot Suite I am able to preschedule my postings. Allowing me to enjoy a family dinner while technology does my marketing.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Normally, I do not make a lot of seasonal jewelry. Until, now I have not seen a high demand for it. This year though, it seems everyone is more festive from Easter to Halloween people are decorating and wearing themed costume jewelry. So I decided to give it a shot and make five pairs of earrings for Halloween. To my shock and excitement, they became a best seller. All five sold! Ok, this may sound crazy but I was over the moon. And the best part? People keeping telling me how much they like them and how they went great for dressing up today. Yippy!
I have been trying to come up with a new recipe for handmade lotion. The problem I am having is finding the right ingredients to give the lotion a long shelf life. Of course, I could add chemicals but I want to keep it natural.
So which is better using chemicals or having a short shelf life?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I have friends that live all over the US, which is great, for traveling. Not so great, for trying to promote my small business. To overcome this problem I decided to ask friends and family host an online jewelry party. Throwing an online party is an inexpensive way to market your business. For ideas checkout my website http://www.homegrownaccents.com/jewelry-party.html
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A few months ago I decided to create a place where artist could post their handmade products for free! Please take a moment to view all the wonderful products @ www.facebook.com/hgaccentsvirtualcraftshow
While your there feel free to list your items as well.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Most online companies do not charge sales tax, but they should. When making online sales be sure to charge sales tax when a buyer is from the same state that you are registered as a business. For example if you are a SC business you must charge sales tax to all online purchases by SC residences. If you are using Etsy to sell your items, you can easily setup the sales tax for your state by logging into your account, going to your shop settings, sales options, clicking on the taxes tab.