Orders were getting a bit too much for me to handle so I found a great local manufacture (with the help of some awesome mommies!!). Woo…hoo! I will have loads of product by the end of next week and will be able to fill orders within a day. I’m so excited that things are finally getting started. I will still be hand dying the lids myself and I hope to only use local vendors.
I had always planned to partner up with a charity, and donate a percentage of my profits to their cause. I think I have finally found the perfect charity! They work to help kids with autism get all the therapy they need. They have an amazing heart for what they do, and they REALLY do help the families they work with. When things are finalized I will reveal exactly who they are and what they do.
I got the dreaded signature and it was much easier than I thought it would be. The landlord was very nice… even sweet. Then I made my fourth trek to the city to get everything paid for and turned in. I even got to answer a question with “I own my own business.” That was monumental for me. So if anyone out there needs help starting a business feel free to ask me questions and I’ll help… I may ever write a book about it
This begins the journey of Eli’s Lids! It is 1:30 in the morning and my mind is reeling with ideas about my new business. I have my sellers permit so I’m now legal… almost. I still have to get my business license. Since Eli’s Lids is a home business and we don’t own our home I have to get a signature from our landlord. I’m not to thrilled about that because I think she is kinda a slum lord. I’m not sure if it is the peeled up laminate floors or the 40 year old faux marble green and cream counters that first gave me that impression but I’m nervous to ask for the signature.
I may not know whether I’ll get the signature, but I do know that I make some pretty awesome hats for little boys!
More to come about my climb to fame… or at least my successful (or not) plee to the slum… I mean… landlord.
Above are some pictures of the final prototype for the snowboarder Lid. I had just finished sewing the brim on and I was beyond excited that it looked so cute on Eli.
UPDATDE June 2013: Boy did my business grow! We have been able to help a lot of people and have expanded to a whole clothing line! Check out Every Moment Clothing here.