One awesome PR lead we got from The Grommet was a program called HARO-Help a Reporter Out. Three times a day, we receive an email with queries for stories from reporters and journalists around the world. I diligently read the queries and submitted pitches to any and every one that was relevant to the Comfy Cup.
"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!
"There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting."- J. G. Holland
Good news, 2,000 of our Comfy Cups™ are ready two months early and headed from Hong Kong to Lenexa, KS. We opted to finish production on 1,000 of the cups and leave them awaiting shipment in China, so they can be sent quickly when we need them. With the knowledge of the inventory en route, we put the Comfy Cup™ back on Amazon with a delayed fulfillment date.
Bad news, the Easter holiday caused a delay...the cups won't arrive until Monday.
More bad news. UPS didn't have our Tax ID number on file. Another delay at custom...
"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...
Most days, the kids are able to help with the responsibility of filling orders. However, on some hectic mornings when we sleep in or the kids have homework to finish up, I find myself filling the orders after the kids leave for school. I feel so much gratitude as I package each order. I often mentally thank each person as I fill their order, sometimes taking time to write a personal thank you note on the packing slip. These customers are helping make Kyler's dream a reality. I am so grateful for each and every one.