"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
In April, we realized we made a BIG mistake. We failed to collect sales tax on our Amazon sales over the past nine months! I ASSumed Amazon did that for us. Well, it doesn't. So, we immediately registered for a Kansas Retailers’ Sales Tax Registration Certificate and got to work reviewing the thousands of orders to resolve the error. My wonderful husband, Randy, had to continually remind me to be grateful that we caught the mistake when we did. I just wish we caught it sooner.
In May, we learned about the Kansas Small Business Development Center at
Johnson County Community College. The mission of the KSBDC is to increase economic prosperity in Kansas by helping entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses. They provided us with a FREE business consultant/mentor who shared so many amazing insights on company structure, SEO optimization, and content marketing in our first meeting. He remains a consultant to us free of charge as long as we need him. This service is so valuable. I feel so grateful to be a patron of the JCCC KSBDC!
"A smart entrepreneur knows they can not run a business on their own. They know that business is a team sport."
- Robert Kiyosaki
People tell us all the time, “ You should go on that TV show, Shark Tank.” We actually completed 75% of the Shark Tank application in the 5-hour car ride to Grandma and Grandpa's house for Thanksgiving. Then, we sat on it for months while we considered our business goals. Our top priority is to make sports more enjoyable for as many kids as possible. We decided could use some help making the Comfy Cup™ a house hold name. Plus, if this deal goes through with Walmart, we might need some financial bac...
"The strongest thing you can cultivate as an entrepreneur is to not rely on luck but cultivating an ability to recognize fortunate situations when they are occurring. "
The Grommet launch opened a gateway to a multitude of business to business opportunities. The trick was deciphering between genuine and legitimate partnerships and people who just want a piece of your pie. The weeks following The Grommet launch were filled with conference calls. Up to this point, Kyler participated in every meeting and call, but I couldn't take him out of school everyday for meetings, so I had to do most of the meeting and w...
"When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge." -Robert Kiyosaki
Mid-March our Comfy Cup™ inventory dwindled dangerously low. We placed an order for 3,000 more Comfy Cups, but they were not scheduled to arrive for months! We had to take the Comfy Cup™ off Amazon to ensure we would have enough product in stock for our big April 5th launch day on The Grommet. It was painful to go from filling 50 orders a day to zero during peak baseball season. But, it was a blessing in disguise…our family needed the break. It was a little gift from the Universe...a calm before the storm.
The year was coming to an end, but we had new opportunities on the horizon for the Comfy Cup™. In July, Grandma Bebe had encouraged us to look into a company called The Grommet, a company that launches undiscovered products with a purpose invented by people with stories on their website and helps them succeed. We posted the Comfy Cup™ to The Grommet's Citizens' Gallery page and they reached out to us expressing interested in learning more about Kyler's Comfy Cup™. By the end of the year we signed a contract with The Grommet and a plan to launch the Comfy Cup™ in the spring.
" When life gives you a gift, receive it with all your heart."
Just before Christmas, we received our second shipment of 2,000 Comfy Cups. We were decorating Christmas Cookies as a family the day the giant truck backed up our street to unload the carton of Comfy Cups™ into our garage. Kyler's sister, Aunt Brooke, grandma Bebe and even Kyler’s little cousins helped carry the boxes of Comfy Cups™ off the truck and into our basement warehouse.