I was recently approached by Kabbage.com asking me about my “Dream Business Venture”. Kabbage.com is a great company that provides small business loans online to help ambitious people like me start and grow their businesses. Now, thinking of my dream job isn’t a new concept to me, this is something I’ve been thinking about for the last year or so. It’s the thing that is inspiring the fiancée and I to move back to the Green Bay / Door County area this fall from the Milwaukee area. I would channel my passion and creativity into launching a new business by taking some time to build inventory. In this time (less than a year) I can see then what works best for me to make, what takes vs. saves time, and what people love to buy. Feedback from the public is one of the best things for me! How do my products work in the real world? That’s what I love to hear. We would love to work the craft fair circuit for the next year or so, which will be an awesome outlet for my creativity and get us ready to find the perfect storefront space in Door County for a Boutique store. It would be a source of income as well as great networking.
Where I’m at now:
Pics from my first craft fair! It was a success, and I would like to keep doing them. They will help me greatly with feedback from the locals and tourists what they look for in a great boutique store, and in my products.
I get a LOT of fabric for free simply by knowing the right people. I get inspired by trying to find matching fabrics to make bags out of.
It may look a mess, but I know where everything is. I would love a great big workstation for my fabrics and sewing machines.
I would like to display my art, as well as other local artists. Even having gallery showings and teaching art class.
I hit the belt jackpot at the local thrift shops this week! I will use these to make straps for bags.
My first belt strap bag of the season, and more to come.
I have many books filled with ideas I would like to come to life.
Of course I have my girls to keep me motivated! A few of them even have my bags too.
If I would start a business TODAY what would I do? Well, open a boutique store! It would not be like any other store you’ve walked into. We would be a blend of thrift, antique, home made, home grown, re-purposed and hand built. We would inspire friends and family to take their hobbies and turn them into something they can share with the community. I would love to teach classes as well: how to sew, fixing your clothes, how to paint, intro to wood stain, fun with Bondo… Things that I’ve learned over the years that have helped me be self sufficient I can easily teach to the community and help them to be more self reliant. My fiancée is a chef and would love to teach cooking classes as well as teaching people how to grow their own food.
Gorgeous inspiration and window front display.
My shop would be focused on a theme: taking what is existing and making it great again. Old wood, pallets, fabrics, antiques, curb finds, thrift store and garage sale goods, discarded paint. It can all be made great again with the right eye, and the right touch. I want to be someone that does that full time, and inspires others to do the same. I would love a small rack of clothing I hand selected from garage sales, and thrift shops that I can make look awesome by either dying or altering them.
A place to work, socialize, play, be creative, and inspire. image link
Our joint dream business would be “Verbena Simple Living” on my part, where hand made and repurposed home decor and home goods are sold, and we inspire a simple lifestyle to the community. “Verbena Simple Eating” would be his venture, where he grows his own food, teaches others how to grow and cook, and he would even run a little kitchen 5 days a week where he can make the food he grows and do what he loves, garden and cook.
This will work just fine for the chef in my life.
Our ideal location would be a storefront space with living space above and workshop space in the back or above. We would have a storefront big enough for me to do my thing, and for him to do his thing along side of me. We would be selling a lifestyle, simple eating, crafting, home decor, and lowering your carbon footprint.
A window to decorate would help constantly churn my creativity. image link
Handmade fixtures are a must.
I can see myself working here.
What I would need to create my business is simple! Or at least I think it’s simple because I’ve been thinking of it so often. I would need to find a store front space in Door County. Somewhere high traffic, with great sunlight. We would have to fit it into our budget as well. I would need the money to get the start up costs rolling, leasing a space, basic construction costs to make it my own, rent money. I would need enough inventory to fill the store (we are on a head start with all of the furniture we found this summer in the alleys of Milwaukee.) We would need time to build and make inventory, getting in touch with the right vendors (I can’t make every thing myself) and set up shop, get all of the permits needed to sell and do taxes properly, signage, and merchandising. We would do most of the marketing ourselves, with the help of our friends. And hopefully shortly after we would be open for business! I will do what I can to make my dream a reality, and have already started. What are you doing to make your dreams a reality?