Could you tell us a bit about yourself, what you sell at The Little Green Bean and how you got started?
I sell handmade home decor. I make a variety of items for your home for the holidays and all year long! I have always been crafty and fabled in a variety of things from woodworking and stained glass to sewing!
For years while my kids were little I didn’t really make anything to sell. Once they got a little older I began to do local craft shows again and then opened my shop on Etsy.
Almost everything I sell I made to order. Sometimes I will make a bunch and have some in-stock items available. This has always been the way I operated my business.
Etsy was great, I posted some items and the sales just started rolling in. Year after year I was having significant sales increases. About two years ago I was encouraged by a good friend to open my own website, I did a lot of research and chose to go with Shopify and have been extremely happy with it.
Running your own business isn’t easy and then when you add a website too it’s even more work, but it’s so worth it. You have to research and learn as you go to make the most of your shop. I have taken online classes. I read a lot of books and blog posts and edit my site as I am able!
I liked all the different options they had available and I had read so many great things about Shopify. It was so easy to use and the customer service has always been the best I have ever come across.
Just start somewhere. Pick a theme and go with it. You can always edit and make changes later, ask questions and don’t be afraid to make a phone call when you get stuck!
Instagram. This was the best advice I have been given for my business. I began a business page, took a great online course on using it for business and began building a community of real people who are customers and friends!
I respond to them. I answer questions and listen. I post about my life so they know that I am a real person who is living her dream and supporting her family. I have some of the best customers!!!
Each year my sales have grown by 20% or more. I was able to leave my corporate job over a year ago to pursue this dream of mine full time. I fill approx 250-300 orders per month, and this number is growing at a rapid pace with my new home decor subscription box line.
I am very active on social media. I update my product lines and offer items that nobody else makes. Everything in my shop is handmade by me and my team. Nothing is manufactured.
I am working on growing the subscription portion of my business. This provides a steady income stream for my family all year. With this new service, I don’t have to rely on the holiday season to carry us through the year.
Be active on social media. Drive people to your website and use the features that become available to you. Read and research. If something isn’t working make changes. Reach out when you have questions and hire an expert to help you with your website if you are struggling.
~ Missy, Founder of The Little Green Bean
Handmade Home Decor