Justine Woods loves to read, so much so that she would send away for books to review for free. In an entrepreneurial flash, she realized there’s probably a business model for people just like her. She began printing t-shirts and delivering literary-themed subscription boxes. Each month, her company sends out a subscription box with books, shirts, notebooks, mugs, home and beauty items, and all sorts of other book-inspired things that readers love. Justine rolled her passion into a business and found that a good idea will always find a home with those who share that passion. Watch Justine’s story and see why she uses a The UPS Store mailbox as a safe place to receive all of her vendor samples and other business mail.read more
So, you’ve started a small business and set up your shop or office. Great. Now what? Well, the next step is securing what you have so you can focus on the future. Our friends at State Farm put together a good list of basic tasks you can adopt to make your physical and digital assets safer. Learn how to reduce the risk of robberies, smash and grab theft, and even ways to improve your window and door security.
Also, you’re going to want to protect your electronics, such as computers and monitors and cash registers. Surge protectors are a must have for all electronic equipment. And you know what computers hate more than power surges? Water. Spend some time focusing on how your electronics are place, whether they’d be damaged in a small flood or from leaks.
Read more at State Farm’s site. A little prevention as you start your business can save you a lot of headaches later. And establishing good security habits early will make that part of your business culture as you grow. Protect what you’ve created.read more
Levi creates connections, meeting entrepreneurs and finding other people who can help them succeed. He’s the kind of person who wants to help others thrive. And from that passion, he launched Second Shift, a coworking space that focuses on collaboration and community support. As part of this plan, he’s used Next Door® to help build, grow, and support the entrepreneurial community in Chicago. Starting a business isn’t something you can do in isolation, and Levi is at the forefront of helping others achieve their dreams. As for Levi, he achieved his own entrepreneurial dream with lots of hard work and being intentional about which opportunities he pursued along the way.
To read more tips from Levi, check out The Entrepreneur’s Toolbox: Be Intentional About the Opportunities You Pursue on the State Farm® Next Door® Simple Insights® page.read more
As a small business owner, you focus a lot on growing your business. Sometimes, we get so focused that we forget the basics, like safety. Specifically fire safety.
When you think about setting up the perfect office space or the most enticing storefront, don’t forget to plan for disasters. Where are you fire extinguishers? Do you have adequate smoke detectors? Do you have a fire plan for the event of a fire? No?
Well, the good thing is that you’re thinking about it now even if you weren’t yesterday, so there’s still time. Read about more things you can and should be doing to prepare your business.
Laura Morgan and her brother Peter worked in finance, but couldn’t shake that entrepreneurial dream. She started teaching Pilates in the evenings, which became weekends, which quickly became a business idea. They decided to open a studio in Phoenix. As they grew, they watched fitness trends around the country and realized they needed spin classes. And as their second location took off, they knew they'd found the right formula. It wasn't an easy ride the entire way, but Laura and Peter stayed strong and persisted, much like their clients are encouraged to do during classes. Reformed now has three locations, with two more opening soon.read more