Moms make it look easy! Whether its working at home through their self-made businesses, blogging, or teaming up with other moms from home school co-ops; there is truly no stopping the creatively driven and determined woman or parent.
I like the term #Ladyboss the best, but no matter what you call them, they are giving the corporate world a run for their money.
I’m excited and honored to start the new year off with a weekly spotlight on moms who are killing it in the online world of marketing and business. Please feel free to join in by using the hashtag #MomMade on social media.
Just FYI, if you aren’t sharing your business through an online storefront, blog or social media platform, then you aren’t living up to your businesses fullest potential. No worries though, because there are plenty of ways to read about online marketing if you are ready to take your business to the next level.
To learn more about how to efficiently market yourself and your business online, check out these 16 super simple ways to market your business online Via Pauline Cabrera of TwelveSkip.
Online Marketing is the cornerstone of success for these 6 small business owners being highlighted on today’s Mom Makes it Spotlight. They’re making an impact online just by making themselves known to those who are searching for their products online and through Etsy.
Etsy is an online market for small business owners where everything is handmade. From children’s toys to handmade art, if you are a small business owner with a self-made product, then you should head over to Esty’s online market so you can start sharing and selling your creations RIGHT AWAY.
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Read on to learn more about 6 small business owners on Etsy who are KILLING IT!
Please give them some love for all their amazing work by visiting their page and sharing their work through your social media accounts.
If you want to register for your own Etsy account, it’s FREE and takes all of 30 seconds to apply. Then you can build your business’ online store or start looking for products, like this inspirational typography art that I placed over my desk as a blogging motivator. 🙂
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1 / Earth Grown Crayons –
“designed with a hope to inspire a love for all things in nature.”
Earth Grown Crayons are crafted from scratch by Melissa in her own kitchen using pure soy wax. She is a mother of three from beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family – biking, camping, and hiking and one of her favorite places is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.
Do you want to know, “why use soy”?
Melissa shares, “Growing up I spent time on my grandparents farm in rural Minnesota. I watched my grandpa plant and harvest soy beans in the fields behind his home.
Soy is a renewable resource that is one-hundred percent natural and biodegradable, making it an earth-friendly alternative. When I began crafting my own crayons, soy was a natural choice; it’s been an important part of my life since I can remember.
Unlike most crayons which are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum bi-product, Earth Grown Crayons are made from soy free of herbicides and pesticides, and grown on American soil, like my Grandpa’s farm.”
She has sold on Etsy since January 2010 and I am a huge fan of her work!
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2 / Grammatical Art –
Shop owner, Natalie, is combining her love of grammar, graphic design, and science to bring you Grammatical Art! Grammar and science designed prints, tees, and cards for the nerd in all of us. Check out her children’s “Future Rocket Scientist” tee!
Future Rocket Scientist Tee on Grammatical Art
Natalie states, “I love creating new and funny designs. I want someone to have one of my prints in their home, classroom, or work space and just smile when they see it. If it educates a passerby, even better.”
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3 / JustAPeekahoo –
Have you ever wondered how these cool birthday chalkboards are created?
Well, Aubrey Hansen of JustAPeekAhoo is an amazingly talented artist who hand makes these specialized birthday boards!
Aubrey has sold on Etsy since August 2012 and has racked up over 2,600 sales with well over 900 admirers. Not to mention, all the boards on her site are $15 dollars or less!
I would have made a board like this a long time ago if I knew how incredibly inexpensive they are to make.
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4 / Infinite Love Designs –
Update: Infinite Love Designs of Etsy requested to be removed from this weeks selected sellers. I have removed all links to their store as of 9/24/2016.
5 / GingerMelon – “Sweet, easy patterns to inspire a love for sewing.”
Shelly of New Westminster, British Columbia designs these adorable patterns for making plush dolls and toys. She started Ginger Melon on November 1st 2009 and has since sold over 40,000 patterns.
Shelly believes that, “giving the gift of something hand-made, especially something you’ve made with your own hands is priceless and the recipient is likely to treasure that gift forever!”
Each pattern includes step-by-step instructions along with illustrations and/or photographs to help guide you through the process of making your very own hand-made creation.
OMG these are cute! I’ve never learned how to sew a single stitch but these make me want to start practicing and creating dollies for my daughter. Visit Ginger Melon’s website for a free printable doll download.
Speaking of family, both Shelly’s mom and sister create Ah-Ma-Zing dolls and cards on Etsy.
Shelly’s Mum’s shop makes clothing for Blythe, Pullip and Lati/Pukifee dolls and has many knitting patterns available at MyFairdolly. Her sister’s shop contains lovely hand-made cards for all occasions at OliveElephant.
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6 / MontessoriRestore –
“Montessori and Waldorf Inspired Lessons and Activities.”
Nora Ryszka from Phoenix, Arizona started MontessoriRestore on Etsy in June of 2015. This talented and passionate mama of two has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and even worked to develop The School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program in 2006. The program was entirely based on Peace.
I don’t know about you, but I am always striving to place myself in a state of peace and I love the idea of offering a peace filled activity like the ones from her shop.
Both the Montessori and Waldorf method of teaching encourages kids to learn independence and inspires open-ended and multi-sensory imaginative play. If you would like to learn more about this, take a look at the Montessori Facebook Group and the Waldorf Facebook Group– they are loaded with tips and like-minded parents.
Nora mentions this lovely quote on her shop’s site about children and play – “When creating my materials, I look to Mr. Rogers for inspiration. He says, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.””
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To sum it up, Etsy is a great market place to find talented entrepreneurs who are paving the online road to small business success.
I will regularly be shining the lime light on moms and women who are making a name for themselves, kicking but, and taking names. If you want to know more on how to increase your sales on Etsy, read this article from Pauline Cabrera on TwelveSkip – (my go to business marketing expert).
I wish you much success this year and on all of your work at home endeavors! Please share your ideas with us by commenting below and I will feature your creative, kid inspired work in our next, “Moms Make it Spotlight: Mompreneur Monday”.
Until next time friends! Learn it – Love it – Share it!
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