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Here at Bannor Toys we truly believe in small businesses doing big things!  Each Monday we will give you the chance to get to know one of our favorites.  Today we would like to introduce you to Nicole of Honey Bee True Co. We've all heard about the mama hustle, but we think Nicole invented it!  With every single piece painted by hand, you can feel the love in Nicole's products.  Everyone please say hello to Nicole of Honey Bee True Co...

Name: Nicole

Who's in your family: Myself and my son Beez.

Favorite way to spend your free time: Playing with Beez and watching him learn new things.

Age when you started your business: 29

Tell us about your business in 3 sentences: Honey Bee True Co was built as an escape from my day job but with the amount of love and passion put into HBT it became a full time job. Drawing inspiration from daily life and with the support of family and friends I am able to keep it going two years later. It means a lot to me that every garment cared for by me; processed, painted and shipped with love.

What made you start your business, what did you leave behind: Working opposite shifts as my (then) husband took hard toll on our family. I left behind a part time pharmacy technician job so I could stay home and grow my shop.

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers/expanding your audience: Instagram was a much different world when I started. It was much easier to reach and engage with my audience. Since then I rely on other shop friends as well as forcing myself into markets for face to face exposure.

Single most important decision you've made for your business: Starting.

Something about you not many people know, business or personal: I do not screen print any of my work. In fact I do not know how to screen print. All work is done by hand.

 

 

If you could go back to the day your business started (whether it was intentional or by accident), and have 15min with your former self to communicate any lessons you've acquired with the intention of saving yourself mistakes and heart ache, what would you tell yourself? Start small. Too many options overwhelm and turn customers away. Make ordering as absolutely clear and easy as possible so there is no question what they are getting and what you are selling.

How did you distinguish yourself from your competitors? I am able to customize every order with my unique way of painting my work. I am also putting out new items and designs all the time not just for new seasons.

Best piece of advice you've gotten that you still follow? Stay true.

 

 

My favorite quotes is...  The biggest lesson I have ever learned is… Nothing is forever so if it is worth it hold on for dear life.

My favorite business tool or resource is… Other business friends.

If I could go back in time 10 years ago I would tell myself… Don’t settle. Don’t give up on you.

 

 

 

 Where can we find you?

 

See what I mean about hustle?!  Nicole also has a very generous heart.  She's offering one of our blog readers a $30 shop credit to her store, and we are going to match it with a $30 shop credit to Bannor Toys.  To enter, please follow the steps below!  

 

Comments

Bridget Montgomery
Bridget Montgomery 15 Oct 08:14

I like the BAM shirt- they are my initials. The top knot life shirt is cute!

I like “be the kindest of kinds”. What a great reminder

I like the its a top knot life shirt

I’m in love with the Wild and Three shirt!! It’s pretty much just perfect for my little guy lol

Jessica H
Jessica H 11 Oct 00:12

Loving the “Wild and Three”

Love the "It’s all about the Hustle tee and fir my wild one the "wild and three tee!

Michele W.
Michele W. 10 Oct 20:45

Mombie!!!!!!

Natalie Q
Natalie Q 10 Oct 16:55

correction..“can’t touch this”, and now the song is in my head :)

Natalie Q
Natalie Q 10 Oct 16:55

Pregnant with #2 and love the “don’t touch this” shirt lol, perfect.

Teri Griffin
Teri Griffin 10 Oct 10:42

Each and every one of you are inspirations!

Kristin Johnson
Kristin Johnson 10 Oct 09:54

Love the “not enough coffee…” mug! I need it in my life.

Love the Mother of Misfits shirt! And EVERYTHING bannor toys sells!

Love all the shirts in your shop! And everything at bannor toys also :)

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