SUX HIVE IS BACK!
To celebrate, we are giving away a
$25 gift card from
The Sugar Shack Bakery!
All you have to do is "LIKE" our Facebook page. When we hit 100 likes, we'll pick a random lucky winner!
***Make sure to LIKE THE PAGE, not just the post to be entered in the drawing! :)
***SUGAR SHACK BAKERY would like your vote to win a party for YOU!
Vote here: www.sweetestbakeryinamerica.com
WE HAD OUR WINNER!
DANA DE JONG
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There is a new magazine in town...Siouxland Woman.
Siouxland Woman magazine features local women's stories. It covers beauty, fashion, family, home, career, health and nutrition information all with beautiful photography.
There was only four magazines issued so far. I didn't see the first one, but have been reading and collecting the three I found.
You can get a copy pretty much everywhere. I found them mostly at Hy-Vee since I go there all the time, but have seen them at Rocket Car Wash also. You can also read the latest one online here and check out their Facebook page here.
Local businesses can submit articles, info on page 4 of the magazine. This is a great marketing tool if you are looking for a way to let everyone in Siouxland know about your business.
Get your copy today and get some great insight into what life and career in the Siouxland area is like!
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There are many qualities an entrepreneur must possess to make it in the business world. But here are the top 3 to keep in mind and be successful in your business if you're just starting up or in the early stages.
It is so important to keep your eye on the ball. There are many distractions nowadays. Just now, I got sidetracked for about 30 minutes when researching for this blog post and started watching MarieTV on Youtube. Almost made me start filling out worksheets and re-think my life goals until I stopped myself and got back to work.
Anyways, focus on your goals and what you're going to do to achieve them. Follow the plan and remember your big WHY, your motivations on why you're running this business in the first place.
Running a small business means you're running the show with limited staff or all by yourself yet the amount of work is still the same. The register need to be tended, the food need to be cooked, the dress need to be made, the shop need to be cleaned, the marketing need to be done and the customers need to be served.
You have to be resourceful and figure out how to get everything accomplished without stressing yourself out of your business.
Usually, when an entrepreneur starts a business, it's because they are passionate about it. But be sure this is really what you want and that you're willing to commit to it.
Plan where your business is going 4 months from now or a year from now and commit to it. Plan for the worst, which is not making enough profit in the beginning to re-invest in the business. What are you going to do if this happens to you? How are you going to overcome it? Are you going to close the business? Then why even start and lose the money you invested in it? I have seen many businesses here in Sioux City that closed down within 4 months because they didn't plan for the worst. Plan for the worst and it can only get better from there.
Keep these top 3 qualities in mind and you can make it. Everything else will fall into place.
Do you ever feel pressured to keep doing more on social media?
Do you have to be constantly connected to Facebook, Twitter, Etsy and all those social networks?
Ah, the struggle of many modern business owners.
As an entrepreneur, you already have a lot going on taking care of your business as it is. Keeping up with all these social media network can be overwhelming.
Since marketing is important for your business though, you get on the band wagon and join the social media world.
With so many paths and approaches to this, how do you keep it simple?
Melony's Creations is the home of Melony Moore's creative side. She is a Stampin' Up! independent demonstrator. Stampin' Up! is a company that specializes in arts & crafts supplies, from paper to stamps to embellishment. It's a haven for crafters and popular in crafting community.
Our goal in SUX HIVE is to make it easy for small businesses and home-based businesses to let their presence known in Siouxland. Being on our Business Spotlight lets you do that in a more personal way. It's only been a couple of weeks since the launched of SUX HIVE and we featured four Business Spotlights during that time. We would like to share some of the results with you.
So, what does it mean to be on a spotlight on SUX HIVE? The stats below were taken from the spotlights on Bling-n-Fashions and Needle Knows by Jennifer Lacek.
Children's Creations is created by Heidi Hamilton and Lauren Rojas. These two ladies used to have their own craft business, but when they met at a craft show in Dakota City, they became fast friends and decided to join forces and start Children's Creations. Heidi has a little boy, Auston, 3. Lauren has two children, Brooke, 3, and Maddox, 3 months. Their husbands are very supportive of their work and even helps them out sometime...when it comes to hardware projects.
Heidi used to run Heidi's Hems. She created outfits for dolls and dogs. She still make these items, but concentrates on doll clothes during the winter mostly. Now, she helps with other children crafts and watching Maddox while Lauren work on her orders. Lauren said that Heidi is so much better at sewing and have taught her a lot of techniques. She is also working on her degree in Forensics and work at a local daycare. She fill orders in between.
Lauren is a care giver and fills her orders in between work and taking care of her young ones. She is very creative when it comes to putting things together and she gets her inspirations everywhere. Everything she looks at, she would think about how she can incorporate that into new items for their shop and make it more affordable for the buyers. For example, on the photo below, Lauren would use the pendants from these necklaces and place it in the middle of the rosettes for another outfit, which she got the inspiration from the outfit on the left.