I hope you saw my artice last week on Entrepreneur Magazine. If you have small business, this saturday, Small Business Saturday, should be like your superbowl. On the day of, I hope you'll join me in a #solopalooza. What does that mean? You are a solopreneur or serviced-based business. You promote your services or products and use the hashtag. You retweet others who use the hashtag to spread the love. I will be following twitter that day and retweeting everyone! Let's make our mark, we are just as important to local economy as retail stores, PLUS some of our products and services would make great gifts. HINT: Make a page for this event on your website with holiday packages or something easy for people to just click buy and cross a person off their list!
To get us started, here are some ideas. Why buy run of the mill stuff from big box stores when you can support small businesses? Consider grabbing one of these super cool items for the loved ones on your list this year:
My friend Corie Clark created a downright gorgeous planner. It's black, white, gold and glorious. It is a large plan-your-whole-life kind of planner, and includes Budget sheets, Menu plan sheets and Master task lists for the month. Then daily sheets include Quote/verse, Prayer/Praise, Water intake, Health, Brain dump, Retail therapy, Dinner.
My good friend Amy is a talented photographer (see my headshot and headers of my website!), designer and friend. She is also an author! She wrote a really cool Children's book featuring fun cats in a unique illustration style. She is going to go on to create more in her series and I'm pretty sure she's the next Sandra Boynton. Buy them up now and tell everyone "I knew her when!" after she hits it big.
I have a keychain that I love from a friend I met on the interwebs. Her store, 163 Design Company, makes amazing wood items you can hang on your wall or keyring and everything in between!
You may remember I did a feature on my fearless friend Elizabeth a while back. She is the next Kate Spade and she's started with Stationery. Fun cards with unique sayings will set your cards a part, or would make a fun gift set for a sassy friend.
If you love your dog or know someone who does you need a portrait from my friend Kelly. This is not optional. Look at them. Just look. You're welcome.
I plan to add to this list and keep sharing it throughout the holidays (because if you're like me you're totally still buying gifts up until Christmas Eve!) If you'd like to be featured, email me.