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Starting a Small Business: Entrepreneur Mom Success Stories

Starting a Small Business: Entrepreneur Mom Success Stories | Possibilities | Scoop.it

 - Business: Sassy Signs (sassysigns.com), publicity for yard sales and celebrations, launched February 2006
 - Investment: $25,000 for initial manufacturing
 - 2009 earnings: Around $220,000 in sales
When women match a need in the marketplace with what's best for them and their families—while devising smart strategies to make it all happen—everyone wins...To put in the first order, they had to deplete savings and max out credit cards. "It was terrifying," says Tammy, "but we believed we'd get our investment back and then some." At first the sisters sent out orders from their basements, but the business grew so much that they now use a fulfillment center...Profits took a while. "In the beginning, nearly every penny of sales went toward production, advertising, and paying down debt," says Tammy. But by devising new lines for special occasions and landing a big catalog deal Tammy and Nycole were finally able to pocket $10,000 each in 2009. With more people holding yard sales because of the economy, the sisters expect that 2010 will be a banner year.


Via Ashok Ramachandran, Cheryl Toh
Ming Ting's insight:

From this article, I see that two stay-at-home moms became rich by starting a risky business during the worse recession, which became successful then. I think that nothing is impossible, as long as one has the determination and perseverance to do something, it can be completed. I wonder what made both of them want to start the business in the first place.

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Hui Li's comment, June 30, 2013 1:08 AM
This article is an inspiring story of stay-at-home moms who started a business in the worst recession and made it successful. I feel really encouraged by this article as it shows that everyone can make it its up to them whether they are willing to hold on and made the impossible possible. You have to believe in yourself that you can and will achieve the goal. Motivation from your love ones contribute greatly as well.
Hui Li's curator insight, June 30, 2013 1:10 AM

This article is an inspiring story of stay-at-home moms who started a business in the worst recession and made it successful. I feel really encouraged by this article as it shows that everyone can make it its up to them whether they are willing to hold on and made the impossible possible. You have to believe in yourself that you can and will achieve the goal. Motivation from your love ones contribute greatly as well.

Cheryl Toh's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:48 AM

This is an inspiring story of stay-at-home moms who started a business in the worst recession and made it successful. I can see that they are really trying very hard to achieve what they thought was impossible. They did not give up even though 'it was terrifying'. I think that what made it possible was that they believed in what they will achieve in the end and that they have the determination to keep going. I wonder what made them have such determination?

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How 3D Printing is Redefining Manufacturing and Consumer Behaviour - Luxury Society - Opinions

How 3D Printing is Redefining Manufacturing and Consumer Behaviour - Luxury Society - Opinions | Possibilities | Scoop.it
Burak Cakmak, sustainability expert and guest contributor to Jardins Florian, explores the possibilities and pitfalls of 3D printing reaching luxury consumers (How #3D #Printing is Redefining #Manufacturing and #Consumer Behaviour -

Via João Greno Brogueira
Ming Ting's insight:

From this article, I learned that 3D printing is a technology that was initially used for prototyping in aerospace and medical industries. While it has been around for a while, it is finally finding its way into more mainstream consumer products as, just like computers, it has become more affordable and its functionality is improving tremendously. I think that it is really amazing and wonderful that technology has already reached such a high stage.

 

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Samantha Chan's curator insight, June 30, 2013 3:52 AM

This is my insight using see-think-wonder thinking routines. 3D printing is a technology that was initially used for prototyping in aerospace and medical industries. Now, it is finally finding its way into more mainstream consumer products. It has become more affordable and its functionality is improving tremendously. It is shown that though years of hard work and perseverance, dreams can be realized with determination. There are bound to be many failures throughout the journey, but this lets us know that we have learnt this lesson and make more improvements.

Melissa Tan's curator insight, June 30, 2013 6:12 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder thinking routine. 3D printing was initially used for prototyping in aerospace and medical industries. It was just an expensive idea people thought of. Eventually after becoming a more mainstream consumer product, it became more affordable and popular. Today because of the realization of this 3D printing becoming successful, this expensive idea has become possible. Anything is possible if we work towards it.

Ming Ting's comment, June 30, 2013 10:22 AM
From this article, I learned that 3D printing is a technology that was initially used for prototyping in aerospace and medical industries. While it has been around for a while, it is finally finding its way into more mainstream consumer products as, just like computers, it has become more affordable and its functionality is improving tremendously. I think that it is really amazing and wonderful that technology has already reached such a high stage.
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OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better?

OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better? | Possibilities | Scoop.it

Singapore started out as a small fishing village but, rather quickly, turned into a sprawling metropolis. Like many other countries, it has reached a highly developed state. Public agencies such as Singapore's National Environment Agency would like to envision how to rejuvenate our local environments to inspire and enable communities to make our living environments better – and are eager to collaborate with the global community to explore solutions which resonate in Singapore and across the world.


Via Olive Ventures
Ming Ting's insight:

From this article, I can see that Singapore is trying to make our living environments better and is eager to collaborate with the global community to explore solutions which resonate in Singapore and across the world. However Singapore is facing some problems. I think that this obstacle can be overcome if everyone work together. I wonder how will Singapore overcome those problems and make progress.

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Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:17 PM

Using the 'see-think-wonder' I can see that Singapore is enthusiastic about collaboration with other countries. This is because a country cannot survive on it's own especially a country as small as Singapore. But even though Singapore is a small country it is recognised globally. I think that this is a great opportunity to foster good ties with other countries especially those in Asia as more problems are arising regionally and globally. By working together with other countries, global or regional crisis can be averted, like the recent Haze issue. Working together can prove to be effective and may stop major issues from happening ahead of time. I wonder what other ways can we foster good relationships with other countries and how we can solve the problems we face.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:30 AM

I see that Singapore has reached the status of a developed country and we are still trying to further improve ourselves. I think that collaborating with the global community will allow Singapore to be heard and enable ourselves to reach greater heights with the help of other countries' opinions. I wonder if there are other ways to make our living environments better other than collaborating with the global community.

Teoh Jun Fang's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:27 AM

(See-Think-Wonder) From this article, I can see that Singapore has developed very well and quickly over the years. Singapore started out small but now, it is a bustling city with good economy. Now that the population is growing, we need to have a good environment, connection with neighbouring countries,etc for the future generations. I think that working with the other countries is the best solution since Singapore is such a small country that does not have much natural resources. I wonder what will happen if other countries refuse to work with Singapore?