Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Stacia Launches a Business

Stacia makes hats. She's done this for a couple of years....all winter...all year long. Her brothers are convinced she needs to start a little business for herself and market online. The little Alaskan girl who wiles away the frigid winters crafting hats. She's made several for me, one for all her nephews, nieces, siblings, sibling spouses, guests to Alaska....The boys report these are WARM in the winter for ice fishing....

She recently SOLD her first two hats..to Terrah in Oregon. Two slouch hats.  She then sold a few too me which I gifted at a baby shower. Here she is mailing two slouch hats to Oregon. They wouldn't fit in the small box...From this we learned to save boxes, it is far cheaper to mail them by weight and not flat rate. We also learned she will need to charge for shipping.  ::snort::

We were discussing how we'd thought a slouch hat would fit in a flat rate envelope but they won't...that we needed to save cracker and cereal boxes etc....Michael asked why we don't vacuum seal the hats. Hmmm....
An adult slouch hat

The first try turned out bumpy and crumpled. 

They added cardboard from a bacon package and it worked. This may fit in a flat rate envelope? AND it's just fun to watch them expand when you open the bag! ::snort:: 

I found some books on Micro-Businesses; from starting one,  to running one, to paying taxes....I'm in the process of creating a high school credited course for her on start up, marketing, branding et al, she'll learn to build an online storefront and she has a lead on a local store that may carry them....I'm not sure what to call it....I'm leaning towards  Micro Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which is often initially a small business. This fits.

Stacia's dream has always involved owning a small business (Whether that's a family farm or a bakery/tea shop) - we're going with it and getting her experience and school credit.

Currently, we're trying to figure out how to come up with a cool tag for her creations. She's come up with one that simply says, "Joy" and has a hiragana symbol with a wobbly weeble (incorporates her name, Japan, our place).  Recently, a sibling suggested "Anastacia's Accessories," she may play with that a bit too.  We're trying to find a place that could make a simple cloth or leather tag to sew onto the brims of her hats.

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1 comment:

berrypatch said...

That's so cool! Way to go, Stacia!!