Is it time to hire an employee?

hiring the right employeeSo you have got your business up, running, and there is some routine to the whole thing whether you are a retailer, or own another sort of business. Congratulations! I applaud you and hope you are setting new goals each year, each month, each week, and each day.

What I want to discuss today is what happens the day that your business cannot be run by you alone anymore! The hiring process can be grueling work on many different levels and should not be taken lightly. I’m talking about acquiring the right people and forming relationships with everyone you depend on to make your store run, and in my case, it was my floor salespeople to my storefront commercial window cleaning service.

This is your business and your personal vision so it is important, especially when your employee is working face to face with customers, that person understands exactly what you expect. I always hoped I would hire someone like the person I became …

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how to choose baby apparel

How To Choose Baby Apparel

Shopping for cute and adorable baby clothes is pretty exciting. If you are going to be a new parent, you are really looking forward to dressing up your newborn. But how do you buy clothes for someone you haven’t met? Before rushing in buying one of everything in the baby store there are different factors you should consider. The last thing you want is the clothes rubbing your child in the wrong way or being too small for them. Fortunately, by following this guide, you will be able to select the best clothing that your little one will get to enjoy in comfort and style.

Here are the factors to consider while choosing baby apparel:

Understand How Sizing Works

Most times we tend to ignore the little labels on the back of clothing. It will save you a whole lot of time if you check and determine the appropriate one for your baby. Sometimes age may not be significant when choosing baby apparel. Well, I …

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A new age for clothing sales

So if you own a clothing business you are probably wondering and hopeful about how this new year will be for sales. What is this economy going to do? Will the new presidency make a difference, and what if any? What will small businesses face going into the new year? We can only hope that it will be good for the economy.

If you have been in business awhile then you probably have major sales going on this month and are concentrating on marketing, marketing, marketing! Make sure you are sending your email blasts weekly and thanking every sale the next day!

As well as following up with people the next week and don’t forget to let them know about new items the second they come in! If you know your customer then you shouldn’t have any problems. If you have picked the right location for your shop you should be more than okay this year. If you know how to scale back depending on …

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My rant about the apparel and accessories small business

3 Stinky Monkeys BoutiqueBoutique types of apparel stores are slowly disappearing unless you also have a shopping based website and some serious marketing skills. I love clothes. I love fashion and style. I was always a retailer and stylist. By nature a salesperson and also a  creative thinker. An avid shop and seller.

What I am talking about is the kind of store that is essentially disappearing now. I cherish the years that I had my store. Having kids in the mix is not impossible with a storefront, but what about now a days? What is happening to brick and mortar stores if the creative buyers and sellers don’t have the hours to create innovative and competitive websites with warehouses of apparel to ship out to the masses?

If your passion lies with retail I would not suggest starting your own fashion shop. I would suggest working for someone else unless you are a manufacturer and have your own line of apparel or goods. The retail world …

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