2/20

I really enjoyed watching the video on Zappos and what they do when they hire new employees. I don’t think I could pay off my employees to leave because I feel like they would even if they were passionate about the product. Then again I can see a lot of employee’s staying and doing what they love at my company. I feel as though Zappos can get away with that concept because they are such a large company. When you hear the name “Zappos” you know what they sell.

So far with each business idea – things are going well. I’m excited to dive into this more and interview a few franchiser’s  and more entrepreneurs. I am launching my big idea on April 9th this year and I couldn’t be more excited. I am looking forward to talking more about it in the coming weeks.

Until then –

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2/13

This week has been fun reading the different elevator pitches among other students. I know we all felt a little awkward making the video for this assignment, but I feel like the more you practice the better your pitch will be. My business was my “Big Idea”. Lately I’ve been working on launching my own company. I’ve got my business license and am filing for my Tax ID right now. I’m excited to launch it by April 9, and continue to do my wreath business on the side. I already have two wreaths I need to make for my clients. I do enjoy this class a lot and feel like it’s more effective to me because in reality I’m launching a business. I’m excited to see what the coming weeks bring!

Until next time –

1/29/2017

This week we are figuring out what our small business will be. I have recieved responses for my business idea options and am deciding to continue my wreath making business I just started about three weeks ago. So far, I’ve had a lot of positive input and feedback from my wreaths and I have two people who have pre-ordered for my lemon spring wreath that I’ll have done before Valentines Day. I thought about doing Holiday wreaths but I think I’d rather focus more on seasons so that my customers can have their wreaths out for longer. My prices vary from $30-$35 per wreath which includes the material needed to make the wreath, wire/floral tape, and labor put into creating the wreath. I feel like those prices are very reasonable for the type of wreaths I’ll be making. I will consider having specials and I’d like to throw in a couple cute handmade thank you cards for purchasing my wreaths. I’m excited to continue to learn this semester and grow!

Until next time –

01/23/2017

It was interesting these past couple of weeks to read about different business ideas and plans that my fellow classmates have had. Some of them I wouldn’t have thought of, and other’s were very common. I’ve been doing some research lately on what the best idea is for my $100 project and my big business idea. I’ve looked at different business plans and have come up with my two ideas. I know I will do well, as it’s something that has become more of a luxury lately that people indulge in. I’m excited to continue working on these two projects and hope to open a store front in the next 6 months.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress I’ve made! Until next time –

01/05/2016

This is the first journal post of the year for B283! In this class we get to learn about others successes and failures in creating a business. I’m excited to create my own business. I shared with the class a couple of my ideas, and will be hearing back shortly their take and advice. So far I am leaning towards one of my business adventures which is floral and wreath arrangements. I already have some that have been pre-order and I’m excited to dive right in. On a side note, some other blogs that I have read so far included the “Penelope Trunk Careers” and “Both Sides of the Table”! I Thought both were eye catching as soon as I got on their websites. On Penelope’s I love how there are so many topics that you can go through and read! I also like how easy it is to relate to the topics she talks about. What I like about “Both Sides of the Table” is that it talks a lot about the business side and entrepreneurship! I think having an entrepreneurial journal will be insightful to have so that I can look back on the progress I have made over the semester.

11/20

I thought this week’s case study was really amazing. It went along with my interview with the entreprenuer, and in making a difference. Here are some of my thoughts:

Catherine Rohr

I like how Catherine was so honest with what she expected at the prison, and what she really saw. I think a lot of us feel like a prison is filled with crazy zoo animals, but in reality it can be quite sad. Catherine mentioned, “I saw a tremendous opportunity in these men to leverage their strength, to build them up to be leaders in their community.” She proceeded to explain how she helped these prisoners discover their ‘business plan.’ She had a lot of passion and devotion, you can just tell that she really cared for these men. It’s inspiring to me what she did for these people, who a lot think they don’t deserve happiness. It’s like giving them a second chance to be a better person and to live a better life.

I also wanted to talk about my $100 challenge. I’ve decided not to do paintings but to sell furniture and so far so good. I am excited for the outcome, and to donate $100 to the charity I chose. I love to make a difference, and I can’t wait for her to receive the money.

10/31

This week we talked a lot about customer service and how to provide great customer service. I went out of the way to look for a couple good articles that implement good customer service, and how to achieve that status.

  1. Add the extra mile: What I got from this was that you really need to pay attention to the customer, what they like, what they hate, and their personalities. Do they like questions being asked? Do they want you to tell them your opinion about something, etc.
  2. Assure the customer: Whether you like a product or not, a customer may really love it. Assure the customer it’ll look great unless the customer asks for your honest opinion. Then tell them kindly, break it down to what you don’t like about it and suggest a better product.
  3. Deals, deals, deals: Customers love deals. When they feel like they are getting the best out of product, customers will come back. Coupons are awesome. These can make the customer excited to shop, and willing to come back for more, or even spend more.

I’ve worked customer service for 8 years now. Customers are always right, customers are always first before other co-workers/employees, and be ready to back the customer up.