Monday, June 30, 2008
- A wardrobe stylist/closet auditor - Who knew there was such a thing???? It is like the fashion forward friend who will tell you what needs to stay and what needs to go.
- Someone who only writes text for clients
- A business that handwrites notes for you
- A gift consulting service
It just goes to show, you can make money by utilizing any of your talents. All you need is a name and a website!
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 10:17 PM
Friday, June 27, 2008
One of my quirks is that I am a little random. I can digress easily, I have many thoughts at one time, I get excited easily, etc... So, somehow yesterday a story that I heard at church about a year ago popped into my mind. And, as the story was probably supposed to do a year ago, got me thinking about whether I really take the time to "stop and smell the roses" and recognize the beauty in my life.
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 10:56 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Jackie has two little ones and has done what the best entrepreneurs do: found a need in the marketplace and filled it. Jackie will be desiging/creating absolutely adorable mat covers for little ones who take naps at school, matching pillow cases, oil cloth portfolio bags, darling bag tags, mom's organizational products and more! Jackie has exquisite taste and starting her own business is just a natural extension of what she does best -- using her creativity and working with people!
I have loved working with her to get her business started from the ground up! We have worked on all aspects of a new start up, from name to logo to state filings she has gotten it done in under one month's time.
Her business name came from her children's favorite game to play but still leaves her plenty of room to expand her product line and grow her business in the future. We designed her logo with the butterfly design, as butterflies play a game of hide and seek with the world.
I will post a link to her site as soon as she gets it up and going. I am positive she will have awesome success. She has a great product, great packaging and a winning personality! Her items will definitely be the next "must haves" for the modern mom!
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 9:20 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Tommy bought the house a couple of years before we got married and it stayed pretty much the same until we got engaged. Since this was going to be our first home, I had some pretty big ideas of what I wanted for my first house! Our first order of business was getting the hardwood floors refinished. They are beautiful!
Next, we had the kitchen and bathroom retiled. The kitchen had linoleum floors and were in desperate need of repair. Behind the fridge there was the original table that dropped down from the wall, even though it was really cool, we had to remove it to make the kitchen more functional. The countertops in the bathroom and the kitchen were absolutely awful. They were stained, ugly, bad. So, we got a nice piece for the bathroom and had granite countertops and tumbled marble for the backsplash. I love it! Then, our old stuff didn't look as nice, so we bought stainless appliances. I was most excited about the dishwasher because the previous owners only had a portable one that no longer worked. Ugh! I honestly went two years washing dishes by hand. I never cooked. Poor Tommy.
The house was built in 1939 and we are only the third owners, which is amazing due to the age of the house. Houses built back then had so much character.
The original crown moldings in the house are awesome. We have a fabulous carpenter who worked installed crown moldings in our bedrooms to match the crown molding in the living and dining room. It is a little detail that makes such a huge difference in the room. I wish I had taken before and after pics. It really is the icing on the cake!
We haven't actually listed our house yet, but are working with a realtor. So, if you or someone you know may be interested, feel free to comment or email me and I will get you in touch with her!
1,350 Square Feet
Granite Slab Countertops in kitchen and bath
Tumbled Marble Backsplash in kitchen
2 Car Garage
Midtown location, close to TU
For those of you who don't know, this is my dad! Considering, he passed away 5 years ago, this was beyond shocking! But, it was so nice to see that John Stancavage had written an article about my dad and his passion for electric vehicles. I always knew my dad was ahead of his time and it was so nice to see he is still remembered by those who knew him. He was very special and it is so rewarding to still hear about him and that he is fondly remembered. So, a special thanks to John for making my Sunday.
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 8:46 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Anyway, I still have found plenty of time to surf the web and I came across an awesome site that I want to share with all the women who have started their own business or are thinking of starting one: http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/. I am addicted. And, the name is super clever too. Not only does it feature women who have started their own businesses, but it has message boards and endless resources for anyone who might not know where to begin! You could spend days just looking around and reading inspirational stories.
I love to help motivate people to follow their dreams and live their passion. (Email me if you need extra inspiration -- I promise I can get you excited about your dream job!) Really, there is no better way to live life. I hope this helps someone else who has an idea and wants to make it happen!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
1- I am an email addict so I check my email. This will be the first of more than 90 times in a day.
2- Craigslist - http://tulsa.craigslist.org/ You can seriously find some interesting items on here. If you are in the mood for really strange stuff check out the free section! I always look at the pets, real estate, creative and event services. Never posted, totally a lurker.
3- Then, I go to http://realestate.yahoo.com/Oklahoma/Tulsa. We are always in a constant state of looking for a house upgrade, but are still in our little "bungalow." I am sure we will live here forever.
4- I will go and see if the Pioneer Woman has posted her blog for the day yet. http://thepioneerwoman.com/
5- Check out the Hostess with the Mostess Blog. http://www.hostessblog.com/
6- Check out the Decor 8 Blog. http://www.decor8.blogspot.com/
7- Then I will finish my morning up with a check of My Yahoo page, customized with every piece of celebrity gossip known to man. But, I will claim this helps me keep up with "trends" and what is going on in the world. Also, I now have a whole arsenal of information for Trivial Pursuit, Pop Culture edition.
8- Check my email again -- I told you I am addicted.
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 10:08 PM
Monday, June 9, 2008
When I am working with my clients, I advise them to utilize email as a preferred method of contact (when face-to-face is not feasible). I love email because it not only gives you an electronic record of all of your business dealings but it also lets you respond when you have a screaming child, are in your car or it is way too late to call a client back. I even advise them to use vendors who are "electronic." As, again, it is great to have a record of orders, questions and responses.
When I owned my floral design business, I always got great responses from my clients about my quick response time. (I am probably a little emailed obsessed, admittedly.) But, it saved me many, many times when I ordered one color of flower but received another. And, I often referred back to client emails as a confirmation of what specifics they may have had regarding their order from me.
My recommendation to anyone who is starting their own business or currently owns a business, if you list your email as a contact be sure that you check and respond to email at least once a day. Okay, rant over : )
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 6:41 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Later this week I will post how to buy artificial flowers. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE real flowers, but I have some tips on how to buy "faux" ones that are so great they will fool your friends. It never fails that everytime I have someone over they ask if they are real!
Posted by katie@tulsadetails at 8:54 PM
Monday, June 2, 2008
Anyway, I was looking on her archives and she had posted the most adorable desserts that I must make at my next party.
Are these honestly not darling? I just didn't want to deprive any of my readers to this great site. You will get addicted!!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Other things to consider when choosing a name is the length, how long your domain name will be, strange spellings that might be confusing when giving your name verbally to clients (think any name that is plural but ends in "z") and if your name can sustain your business growth. For example, the previously mentioned friend is going to be creating an absolutely adorable line of items for pre-school aged children and organizational items for mom's. When thinking of the name, I don't want to put her in one particular niche where it looks like her business only serves small children OR mom's. The name is crucial in setting the tone for your business.
When meeting with my clients and helping them with their names and logos, I like to discuss their interests, favorite colors, things they enjoy and their target market. With this I am able to come up with many options. While it might be a process that takes hours or days, once the perfect name is chosen it is like falling in love all over again and renewing that passion you have for your new endeavor! For more information on naming your business, check out this article from Entrpreneur Magazine.