Shop Local; Shop Small

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on July 14, 2011

in Good for the Kids,Sponsored

As part of Intuit’s Love a Local Business competition, I was invited to share my story of how I started my online business. Until I opened my own small internet store, I never thought about focusing my buying power outside of the big box stores. Small businesses are what keeps middle class families and generationally handed down stores together.

Before I started my online store, Good for the Kids, in 2006, I had never thought about starting an online business of any kind. Through a series of events that started with my staying at home with my babies, I ended up the owner of a small online store. It’s not as hard as you’d think, and there are several ways outside of eBay to get started.

I, however, did start on eBay and Craigslist. While being a stay-at-home mom with two babies, I wanted to find a way to bring in extra money for our household. By starting with some maternity clothes and unused boxes of diapers I listed on Craigslist and eBay, I was instantly addicted. I LOVED having a way to bring in extra money for myself and my family while also learning about the online business world. My eBay store quickly rolled into being a store offering teacher reference books and children’s products that soon after turned into my own web store.

Through working hard and very VERY late hours, I learned what was required by me (and by law) to develop my hobby into a small business. I worked out of my corner of the living room, building my online store into what would become a business that had nearly $100,000 in sales.

Starting and growing the business was hard work, but I loved what I was doing because I was working for myself. I controlled nearly everything having to do with the business. Though this is a daunting task to think about stepping into, I didn’t step into it immediately. I grew a small idea into a big one.

It’s been nearly 5 years since I filed for my business license. I’ve moved on from the initial excitement of owning the business and am currently looking to sell my online store. I’ll still be a business owner because I’ll have my own freelance company as an online professional. If you’re thinking of opening an online or brick and mortar store, make sure you sell things that youfeel your customers need. Offer products that are in high demand, unique, and ones that you trust in putting your name behind.

So, have you ever thought about opening your own online store? Do you have questions for me on how to go about starting your store? I’d love to help!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Intuit’s Love A Local Business competition. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest runs July 6 to August 9, 2011. A random winner will be announced by August 11, 2011. Official Contest Rules

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