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Old 07-21-2009, 03:00
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Default Girls how long did it take you to get your business going?

I am curious, I am not super green in the bow business but I haven't even be at this a year so I wondered how long did it take you to finally feel like you were making money and getting orders on a regular basis? I think this would be good for newbies and everyone else. I know I will be at this a year in October and I feel like I am just barely peaking my head above water. he he he This could be really interesting
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:24
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Default Re: Girls how long did it take you to get your business going?

great question i will keep checking back for answers!
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:30
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Default Re: Girls how long did it take you to get your business going?

Hmmm...I would say at least a year with an active website. Currently I get orders everyday, and we've been active for almost 4 years. I did a bunch of craft shows/sales to build up a local base and use to ebay and etsy like crazy. Now it's mostly word-of-mouth and repeat customers, wholesale, etc. It's just the right amount of busy and I'm turning a good profit. However, I saw profit right away. I only invested the money that I made into supplies and only sold what I had, so within about 4-6 months I felt like I was seeing profit.
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Default Re: Girls how long did it take you to get your business going?

I'm the same way as Ruby. At first ebay orders, tons of advertising on free websites, my blog and after a year, I couldn't be happier. I get enough orders to keep me happy and keep me busy.

Its a patience game for sure, but worth it in the end.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:26
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Default Re: Girls how long did it take you to get your business going?

I would also say about a year. After a year I received orders everyday and made a very good profit every month.
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Default Re: Girls how long did it take you to get your business going?

about 6 months. I took only $200 and got supplies I needed. I sold only to family and friends for the first 3 months. Anything I made went back into it and buying more supplies. Within 6 months I was making enough to where I could replace what I used and buy more supplies to try other things and expand. I think you are making a profit when you are able to sustain your craft. It's going on 2 years now and I am making enough to help out with bills and stuff. Not where I want to be, but i'm about half way there. We have had issues so i haven't been able to keep expanding like I want.

Eventually I will be where I want to be with this.
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